When former Corban music professor Vic Hubbard passed away in May 2007, his family left a legacy for aspiring vocalists.
On Oct. 16, Corban General Music Major Michelle Bruhn was named the third recipient of the $1,000 Vic Hubbard Vocal Scholarship. The award followed a lunchtime music performance in Corban’s Psalm Performing Arts Center.
“I had a slight inkling that I might get it, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it,” Bruhn said. It came at a time when she was seeking ways to pay for her final semester.
“This is definitely a huge blessing for me,” she added.
The scholarship is only awarded to vocalists majoring in music and her nomination came with kudos from music department faculty.
“She asks questions, is willing to try new ideas and gives much effort to improving her technique,” said. Voice Instructor Bonnie Johnson. “There were tears on a few occasions, but she remained motivated and determined.” Music department chair Dan Shuholm said Bruhn was a good representative of the type of student Hubbard particularly enjoyed teaching.
“He enjoyed working with students who really invest themselves in the learning and development process,” Shuholm said. “Michelle has invested herself and wants to know who God made her to be, which was very important to Vic (Hubbard).”
As Bruhn prepares for graduation in May 2013, she said she isn’t limiting herself to any particular music career, but emphasized her plans to be a lifelong student of music. She plays piano and drums as well as singing in a variety of styles. She has already written music and lyrics for three songs, including “Safe,” which she wrote in a course about British scholar and best-selling author C.S. Lewis.
“The Vic Hubbard Vocal Scholarship doesn’t just give a student some money for their education, it reminds us of Corban’s rich music heritage,” Shuholm said. “This scholarship reminds us that heritage will continue to grow as we attract new students and give the Salem community something they can be proud of.”
Bruhn will perform her senior recital at Corban University in April 2013.