Gala Raises Music Scholarship Funds

The moon was bright and the stars shone to light the way to the Birmingham Music Guild’s annual fundraising Gala, Rhythm and Muse, at Vestavia Country Club on Saturday, January 31. The Guild has raised more than $550,000 in scholarship monies over the years to support Alabama’s college and university’s music students. More than $45,000 has been raised this year.

Jim and Marsha Drennen, Co-Chairman of the Gala and Judy and Charles Anderson, Chairman of the Gala

Jim and Marsha Drennen, Co-Chairman of the Gala and Judy and Charles Anderson, Chairman of the Gala

Bob and Patsy Straka, Auctioneer for the Gala

Bob and Patsy Straka, Auctioneer for the Gala

Perry and Pat Grant, President of the Music Guild

Perry and Pat Grant, President of the Music Guild

Scholarship winners left to right, Kim Scott, 1993, Diane Boyd Schultz, 1988, and Akila Bryant, 2008

Scholarship winners left to right, Kim Scott, 1993, Diane Boyd Schultz, 1988, and Akila Bryant, 2008

Performance by Diane Boyd Schultz, 2015 Gala Honoree

Performance by Diane Boyd Schultz, 2015 Gala Honoree

Music Guild Gala Honorees, left to right, 2014 Gala, Kim Scott and 2015 Gala, Diane Boyd Schultz

Music Guild Gala Honorees, left to right, 2014 Gala, Kim Scott and 2015 Gala, Diane Boyd Schultz

Spirits were high as some 200 members and guests enjoyed listening and dancing to the music of BMC Executive Director Ron Bourdages and his City Lights band. The event’s honoree was 1988 Birmingham Music Guild scholarship winner Diane Boyd Schultz, Professor of Music at the University of Alabama. An internationally recognized flutist and piccoloist, Schultz performed to an appreciative audience.

Following her performance, Bob Straka of Grandview Financial Group conducted a lively auction of fabulous items, including an artisan brewery tour, a Golden Rule BBQ party, Auburn and Alabama football packages, trips, private parties and dinners, a wine collection, and sports and entertainment packages. Phillip Lindsay produced a stunning visual presentation for the Guild and auction items.

Around the ballroom, party-goers mingled at food stations where small plates of Creole turkey, shrimp and grits, prime rib, cheese and crab dips, along with assorted desserts, satisfied the most discerning palates. As the party wound down, Gala Chairman Judy Anderson received an ovation for planning a memorable evening along with her co-chairman Marsha Drennen. Pat Grant is president of the Birmingham Music Club Guild.

Also receiving kudos were Anne Lamkin for planning the menu and Kay Clark for coordinating the table centerpieces. Adding sparkle to a subtle color scheme of white, cream and celery green, mirrored centerpieces and votive candles created a magical atmosphere for the evening. The cream, white and green flowers were beautifully arranged by Ginni G Florists and placed in tall crackled silver glass vases. The centerpieces included roses, lilies, hydrangeas, pussy willows, Bells of Ireland, snap dragons, ferns and Queen Anne’s lace. Assisting with decorations were Charlann Anderson, Lesley DeRamus, Vicki Lukens, Anne Lamkin and Martha Black. Guild member Angie Holder contributed her professional expertise as the paparazzi for the evening.

Table captains included Judy Anderson, Martha Black, Jeanne Bradford, Marsha Drennen, Janis Zeanah, Sandra Holley, Anne Lamkin, Nancy Morrow, Jo Self, Michele Smith, Lochrane Coleman Smith, Carolyn Long, Deanie Gagliano, Pat Grant, Diane Boyd Schultz, Diane Beck and Elaine Clark.

Major benefactors included Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Anderson; Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Lamkin; Mr. and Mrs. James L. Drennen; First Partners Bank, Mr. and Mrs. Elam Holley; Mr. and Mrs. David Self; Mr. and Mrs. Russell Cunningham; Mr. and Mrs. Mell Gage Smith; Mr. and Mrs. Thad Long; Jack White, Grammy Award winning contemporary musician; Padella Paddleboards, Ben Bludsworth; Mr. and Mrs. Perry Grant; Chef Joseph Mitchell; B Coop’s Art House, Ms. Betsy Cooper; Health Worx; Hoar Construction; Children’s Hospital; Atlas Keg Company, Robert Israel; Larry’s Limousine; Gulf Breeze Firearms, Duke McCaa; Simmons Sporting Goods, Clay Simmons; and AnyTime Fitness, Blake Scazzaro.

 

Diane Boyd Schultz to Perform at 2015 Gala

Diane Boyd Schultz

Diane Boyd Schultz

Flutist and piccoloist Diane Boyd Schultz has established her career through solo and chamber performances in the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Russia, Romania, and Austria. She has performed as flutist and piccoloist of the Dallas Bach Society, Alabama Symphony, Terre Haute Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, and Richardson Symphony Orchestras. She is a prizewinner of several national and international competitions, including the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition and the National Federation of Music Clubs Orchestral Winds Competition. Her festival appearances include Interlochen and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camps, the British Flute Society, National Flute Association, Mid-South Flute Festival, Florida Flute Association, and the Flute Society of St. Louis, and performances have been broadcast on Red River Radio and Blue Lake Public Radio. She has also recorded for the Emmy award-winning documentary Weathered Secrets and for incidental music to the play Death of A Salesman.

She has presented masterclasses and clinics in England, Québec, The Bahamas, Cuba, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arizona, Texas, Ohio, Colorado, New York, Oklahoma, and Florida. A Rotary International Scholar, she studied at McGill University in Montréal, and she has received grants to pursue her interest in studying and commissioning new works for flute and piccolo by American composers. She commissioned Robert Frank’s Rhapsody and Allegro (piccolo and harp) and Stephen Lias’s Sonata (flute and piano) and premièred these works at festivals in Orlando and Columbus, OH. Her articles have appeared in Flute Talk, Pan, and Instrumentalist.

Schultz is Professor of Flute of the School of Music of The University of Alabama, where she is also a member of the Capstone Wind Quintet. Previously she was on the faculties of Stephen F. Austin and Eastern Illinois Universities. She is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

The 1988 scholarship winner will perform at the Birmingham Music Club Guild Rhythm & Muse Gala at the Vestavia Hills Country Club on January 31, 2015.

 

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