Beaver Valley Choral Society awarded the 2021 Philip H. Inman Excellence in Choral Conducting Arts Scholarship to Westminster College student, Camille Baptiste, of Cherry Township, Butler County.
Camille, daughter of Larry and Amy Baptiste, will be entering her junior year as a Music Education major at Westminster College, with a focus in Voice. She is a 2020 graduate of Moniteau High School. In addition to her vocal education, Camille is proficient at playing piano and ukulele.
At Westminster Camille is a soprano in the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Mu Phi Epsilon, and Opera Workshop. She also was awarded the Frank L. and Esther Van Dyke McClure Music Scholarship; Mina Grundish Simpson Scholarship; and the Carol Polandick Neely ’61 Music Award for Excellence. Camille’s career ambition is to become a middle school or high school choir teacher.
“I am excited to take advantage of the opportunities provided for me in the choirs and in the choral methods classes I will be taking in the near future,” said Camille. “I have also observed choirs in the schools near my home and am planning to observe more after this semester.”
Camille continued, “I want to take in the techniques and ideas used in these classrooms, develop strategies that align with me, and hopefully one day use them in a thriving classroom of my own.”
The Inman Scholarship was established in 2001, in recognition of the late Philip H. Inman, Artistic Director Emeritus of the Beaver Valley Choral Society. He formerly taught music at Rochester Area High School, in addition to directing the Choral Society for 30 years.
The scholarship is awarded annually to a music student who is focusing on the Choral Arts. Colleges participating in the scholarship program are Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne Universities and Geneva, Grove City and Westminster Colleges.