Scholarship Winners Perform for BMC Guild Luncheon

2016 1st Place Scholarship Winners

1st Place Scholarship Winners L to R
Lauren Williams, pianist, Rachel Pickering, Soprano, and Lindsay South, violinist

The talented first-place scholarship winners of the Birmingham Music Club (BMC) Guild’s 2016 competition gave virtuoso performances for the Guild’s annual spring luncheon-meeting at Mountain Brook Club. The April 8 event drew an enthusiastic group of Guild members and guests in the club’s sunroom. The décor was impressive with palms, ferns and a variety of plants massed against the walls of the room. Moss swags embellished with miniature white lights hung overhead.  Luncheon tables were centered with square glass containers filled with moss and holding colorful spring plants.

Ellen Tucker and Susan Boston chaired the luncheon. Mountain Brook Club hosts were Beth and Scott Adams.  Guild President Marsha Drennen welcomed attendees, and Angie Holder gave the invocation.  Incoming Guild President Linda Griggs presided at a brief business meeting.

Scholarship Chairman, Elaine Clark, introduced the three first-place competition winners, who then performed. Violinist Lindsey South gave a breathtaking rendition of “The Lark Ascending” by Ralph Vaughan-Williams. A University of Alabama student, she was accompanied on the piano by Lauren Williams and holds the Stuart Mims Instrumental Scholarship.

Soprano Rachel Pickering, a University of Montevallo student, gave a superb performance of Charles Gounod’s “Ah! Jeveux Vivre from Romeo and Juliette.” Accompanied by Dr. Lynn Faulkner, Pickering holds the Penelope Cunningham Voice Scholarship.

Pianist Lauren Ashley Williams holds the Mildred Volentine Green Piano Scholarship and won the competition’s Walter Sechriest Best Performance Award. A University of Alabama student, she gave a brilliant performance of Frederick Chopin’s “Scherzo No.2, B-flat minor, Opus 31.”

Second-place scholarship winners were Miles Jenkins, voice, a University of Montevallo student who holds the Dr. Oscar and Ellen Dahlene Scholarship, and University of Alabama students David Mach, piano; Madeline Cawley, flute; and Juneho Joshua Kim, cello.

Among guests attending the event were BMC Board President Wyatt Haskell, Susan Haskell, and BMC Executive Director Ron Bourdages. Others on the scene were Liz Alosi, Beth Adams, Charlann Anderson, Dot Anderson, Judy Anderson, Roberta Atkinson, Diane Beck, Sally Bergquist, Susan Boston, Jeanne Bradford, Anne Carey, Cheree Carlton, Cheryl Caselbere, Elaine Clark, Lochrane Coleman Smith, Linda Cooper, Audrey Cornutt, Lesley DeRamus, Martha Ann Doyal, Marsha Drennen, Jane Ellis, Marjorie Forney, Diane Gay, Janine Goode, Pat Grant, Linda Griggs, and Virginia Guthrie.

Also attending were Tallulah Hargrove, Angie Holder, Elaine Hornberger, Margarette Hoomis, Mary Jensen, Becky Keyes, Juanita Kirby, Martha Lamberth, Terry McBride, Virginia McDorman, Martha McSwain, Amy Miller, Betty Miller, Malcolm Miller, Sandy Miller, Susan Miller, Nancy Morow, Lu Moss, Frances Owens, Powell Owens, Margaret Patrick, Kathie Ramsey, Carolyn Reich, Betsy Rietz, Catherine Rogers, Phyllis Russell, Mary-Noel Sellers, Ellen Tucker, Heather Waldron, Elise Warren, Sue Watkins, Kathryn Waters, Cynthia Watt, Clacy Wheeler, Patty Warren, and Janis Zeanah.


Gala Benefits College Scholarships for College Students

City Lights BandThe Guild of the Birmingham Music Club hosted its annual “Rhythm and Muse Gala” on Jan. 30 to benefit its music scholarship program for Alabama college students. Nearly 200 Guild members and guests enjoyed a cocktail-supper, silent auction, music, and dancing. A patron’s party hosted by Merrill Lynch kicked off the evening with violinist, Eva Shvartcer, a student at Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Setting the scene in Vestavia Country Club’s ballroom was a winter decor with white lights gleaming on bare branches and white cymbidium orchids centering tables for dining. BMC Executive Director Ron Bourdages singing to his guitar accompaniment and backed up by his City Lights band were highlights of the festivities.

Kim Strickland introduces HullFormer Birmingham Music Club Scholarship winner Dawson Hull was introduced by Kim Strickland as the evening’s honoree. He drew a standing ovation with his virtuoso piano performance of classical selections. Now pursuing his doctorate in piano at the University of Memphis, he also serves as Associate Pastor of Instrumental Worship Arts at Germantown Baptist Church in Germantown, TN. An established concert pianist, Hull has appeared as a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles. He also is a composer whose works have premiered with choirs of Samford and professional chamber ensembles.

Gala Chairman Judy Anderson welcomed guests, and Lochrane Coleman Smith assisted in on-site fundraising. Serving on the Gala committee were BMC Guild President Marsha Drennen, Kay Clark, Martha Ann Doyal, Beverly Parks, Vicki Lukens, Lu Moss, Anne Lamkin, Linda Cooper, Nancy Morrow, Beth Adams, Lesley DeRamus, Pat Grant, Linda Griggs, Angie Holder, Powell Owens, Lochrane Coleman Smith, Kim Strickland, Janis Zeanah, and Miriam Morris.


Dawson Hull to Perform at 2016 Gala

Dawson Hull

Dawson Hull

Dawson Hull graduated from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore where he earned his Master’s Degree in Piano Performance. Prior to Peabody, he graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano and Theory/Composition. He has studied piano with Alice Adams Jackson, Dr. Betty Sue Shepherd, Dr. Thomas Hecht, Marian Hahn. He was the 2003 recipient of the Betty H. Miller/Betty Sue Shepherd Scholarship.

Dawson has appeared as soloist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Delta Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Samford University Orchestra, Southeastern Chamber Orchestra, and the Omulgee Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed for the Warner Robins Concert Association.

As a composer, he has written orchestral, chamber, choral, and solo works under Dr. Ronald Boud, Dr. James Jensen, and Bob Burroughs. Choirs of Samford and other professional chamber ensembles have premiered his compositions. Dawson frequently performs solo and chamber recitals throughout the mid-south and has most recently appeared in master classes with Leon Fleisher, Awadagin Pratt, Enid Katahn, Santiago Rodriguez, and Yakov Kasman.

During his time at Peabody, he was a Music Theory Graduate Assistant, Minister of Music at The Church on Warren Avenue and Artistic Director of the Warren Fine Arts Academy of Music. Dawson was the Minister of Instrumental Music and Director of the Conservatory of Music at The Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins, GA until he recently moved to Germantown, TN where he serves as Pastor of Instrumental Worship Arts at Germantown Baptist Church and will also begin work on his Doctorate Degree in Piano at the University of Memphis.

Dawson and his wife, Taneea, who is also a graduate of Peabody, have 2 children, daughter, Brylee, and son, Brayden Amadeus, who was born on Mozart’s birthday.

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