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21st Annual Phyllis Richardson Wood Benefit Concert presented by UC


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — The 21st Annual Phyllis Richardson Wood Scholarship Benefit Concert showcased the scholarship recipient and the faculty of the Music Department on Tuesday, September 24, at University of the Cumberlands (UC).

The audience was welcomed to the concert by Dr. Jeff C. Smoak, Jr., Department Chair. He thanked the daughters of Phyllis Richardson Wood who endowed the scholarship and for the support of the audience. All of the contributions from the evening’s ticket sales went to the scholarship.

Phyllis Richardson Wood was an alumna of Cumberland College and sponsor of many of the communities’ arts. In 1992, the scholarship was founded to support talented music students in her honor. The recipient of this year’s scholarship is Tyler Vaughn (Mt. Vernon, Ky.), a senior and vocal music major at UC.

“I’m honored to receive this scholarship. There are so many who deserve it,” said Vaughn. “I’ve loved studying at UC. The Music Department has been my home.”

The evening started with Dr. David Etter, tenor, singing “Widmung” and “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables. Mr. James R. Corcoran played “Children’s Song No. 1” on the vibraphone. Dr. Smoak, baritone, sang “Non piu andrai” and “’Till I Hear You Sing.” Dr. Steven Sudduth played “Concertino” on the trombone. Vaughn, tenor, sang “A Wand’ring Minstrel, I.” Mr. David Threlkeld played “It Ain’t Necessarily So” on the clarinet. Mrs. McFarland played “Sonata No. 2 in g minor, Op. 50, Mvmt. I” and also was the accompanist for most of the performances.

“Everything went really well. We had a wide variety of performances and everyone did a great job. We had a great turnout and the audience really enjoyed it,” Dr. Smoak said.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.