Shepherd music students awarded 'Friends Fellowships'

September 22, 2008

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Friends of Music Board of Directors recently awarded seven Shepherd University music students with $1,000 scholarships, known as "Friends Fellowships."

The board provided the funds and asked music department faculty to select seven outstanding students as the first class of Friends Fellows. On Sept. 10, the Friends Fellows were introduced and were presented their awards. The scholarship funds will be applied toward tuition and fees, and to help cover expenses for the upcoming European concert tour from May 17 to 26.

The 2008 Friends Fellows class includes:

o Jennifer Ferenz of Hagerstown, flute;

o Marie Crenwelge of Hedgesville W.Va., clarinet;

o Kari Edge of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., piano;

o Jackson Hopkins on Hagerstown, French horn;

o Mathew Lincoln-Bugg of Purcellville, Va., voice;

o Ahmet Akaydin of Arlington, Va., guitar;

o Jason Solounias of Havre de Grace, Md., piano.


The Shepherd University Department of Music recently accepted invitations to perform in Munich, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague. Nearly 90 people will travel from Shepherdstown to represent Shepherd University.

The Friends of Music is a nonprofit organization supporting musical excellence at Shepherd University. In addition to providing scholarships to promising young talent, they have purchased instruments for the music department, including a $140,000 Fazioli piano, assisted in national and international travel, initiated a professional chamber ensemble and present an annual Guest Artist Series of concerts bringing world-renowned performers to the Frank Arts Center stage.

More information about Shepherd University's Department of Music can be found at More information about Friends of Music can be obtained by calling 304-876-5765 or at

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