TCDA is honored to have Endowed Scholarships established by generous family and friends of these very special people.

Click on the included links to read more about each one and consider a gift to ensure these scholarships carry on for many years to come.

 

The Donald L. Bailey Endowed Scholarship

 

Dr. Donald Bailey, Professor Emeritus of Choral Music at Baylor University, served as the Director of Choral Activities and Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Music at Baylor from 1993 to 2008.  Prior to his appointment at Baylor, he held similar positions at Arizona State University, Texas Tech University, Houghton College (NY), and Eastern New Mexico University.  He received his Bachelor of Music Education summa cum laude and Master of Arts in Vocal Performance degrees from Eastern New Mexico University and his Doctor of Arts in Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado.  In 2008, he was awarded the Texas Choirmaster Award, the highest honor given by the Texas Choral Directors Association.  This award is given to a person “who has exhibited unparalleled leadership in the choral field and is a consummate conductor and musician.”  Read more about the Dr. Bailey and consider a gift to help support this wonderful scholarship for full-time undergraduate students majoring in vocal, choral or church music.

To make a contribution to ensure the longevity of the Bailey fund, please click here to be directed to the pledge form.


The James Edward (Jim) Matheny Endowed Scholarship

To his last days, Jim treasured the memories of his career in Texas high school music programs: Marshall HS (1962-68); Allen Academy, Bryan (1969-73); and Consolidated HS, College Station (1973-83). He felt honored to work with young singers whose talents and achievements were recognized at the district, region, and state levels (once in an international competition), and showcased in productions of stage musicals.  Read more about Jim and consider a gift to help support this wonderful scholarship for graduates of Marshall High School, Marshall, TX or A&M Consolidated High School, College Station, TX entering college as freshman students majoring in vocal performance or choral music education.

To make a contribution to ensure the longevity of the Matheny fund, please click here to be directed to the pledge form.


The Mary Ann and Art Winden Endowed Scholarship

 

We are pleased to announce the recently established Mary Ann and Art Winden Endowed Scholarship, providing tuition assistance to college students majoring in choral, vocal or church music.  Both lifelong educators and residents of San Antonio, Mary Ann is a life member of ACDA and a past Secretary-Treasurer (1977-78) of TCDA.  She taught public school music at all levels for over 30 years, while her husband, Art, switched from teaching music to teaching history to allow more time to sing professionally.   Read more about the Windens and consider a gift to help support this wonderful scholarship for full-time undergraduate students majoring in vocal, choral or church music.

To make a contribution to ensure the longevity of the Winden fund, please click here to be directed to the pledge form.


Kathy Blair Memorial Scholarship for Music

The family of Kathy Lynn Blair and TCDA are pleased to announce a goal of creating and establishing an endowed scholarship to honor Kathy Blair, an Austin, Texas-based vocal music teacher and gifted singer who died tragically at the age of 53. The family hopes the endowment will continue her lifelong passion to make careers possible for those who wish to devote their lives to vocal music. 

In the last 20 years of her life Kathy was Director of the Christian Choral Society of Austin (CCSA), a unique program of choirs ranging from preschool to high school aged children in the homeschool community. Kathy taught vocal technique and sight reading to each member of her program and offered private voice lessons to many of her students. She handled scheduling and business functions of the program in addition to coordinating summer musicals and off-site performances to places like the Texas State Capitol Building, soup kitchens and senior homes.

Kathy was a gifted vocalist, and from her first experience singing in her junior high school choir,  joyfully embraced her innate gift of song. She excelled in choral music and musical theater in high school, and achieved a bachelor of arts degree in vocal performance from Chapman College in Orange, California, as well as a master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Along the way, she directed church choirs, participated in musical theater productions, worked as a singing waitress, and sang in church choirs and various vocal ensembles. She was goofy-funny, disciplined and structured, loyal to the core, and a generous friend to all who knew her.

She realized her true calling in life was to share her musical gift by teaching others.  She cared so deeply about her program and students that she went far above and beyond her job description, entering them in statewide vocal competitions and creating yearly personalized awards for each. Her program was also one of the few social outlets for many of her homeschooled students. Generations of them came to cherish and admire their Miss Kathy. 

Dedicated parents of Kathy’s students, the Austin church community, and music professionals have kept Kathy’s program going, renaming it the Christian Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) — a lasting legacy of Kathy’s dedication to musical mentoring children of all ages. When friends and family considered other ways to honor her memory, it seemed a music scholarship in her name is just what she would have wanted. 

Your donations and dedication to keeping Kathy’s memory alive by supporting this endowment is appreciated more than you know!  To read Kathy's full bio, click here.

To make a contribution to ensure the creation and longevity of the Kathy Blair Scholarship, please click here to be directed to the pledge form.