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April 21, 2011

Universities woo record number of Blinn music majors

Blinn music majorsBlinn College’s Division of Fine Arts on the Brenham campus announces a record year for Blinn music majors transferring to large universities. Eighteen students, the largest number in the college’s history, were accepted through audition to 10 universities across the nation for fall 2011.

Students accepted offers from: Berklee College of Music (Boston), Northwestern State University, Ouachita Baptist University, Oklahoma City University, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University at Commerce, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University, University of Texas and West Texas A&M University.

Transferring students are:
Clarinet: Scott Byers (Houston-C.E. King), Jaime Cisneros (Bastrop), Trevor Collins (Cy-Woods) and Michael Kaye (Klein Forest).

Percussion: Josh Baskin (Hutto-Hendrickson), Joey Bybee (Brenham), Dylan Schneider (Liberty Hill) and Wesley Warmke (Brenham).

Trombone: Joseph Rollins (Cy-Springs) and Jonathan Sedano (Waltrip).

Tuba: Brandon Bachman (Copperas Cove), Corey Klein (Cy-Fair) and Alex Pettigrew (Tomball).

Euphonium: Michael Laird (Vista Ridge).

Alto Sax: Jorrell Lawyer-Jefferson (Copperas Cove).

Horn: Howard Middleton (Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts).

Vocal: Kelly Connaughton (Southwest Christian) and Julia Williams (Carthage).

Blinn’s Division of Fine Arts on the Brenham campus provides a comprehensive curriculum for Fine Arts majors preparing to transfer to four-year universities.

The division is comprised of five departments: Art, Music, Speech, Theatre and the Theatre Technology Program. Blinn’s Fine Arts faculty members remain active in their professions and are recognized statewide. The Fine Arts facilities are designed to maximize student success. The division also manages the operations of the theatres on campus and assists in the technical support for campus special events.

The music department’s band hall is currently being renovated and will be renamed the J. Hal and Allyne Machat Music Facility. The facility’s construction, set for completion in August 2011, will add 9,515 square feet of classrooms, labs, additional rehearsal halls, new practice rooms and extra storage space.