As part of the Family Pops Concert by the Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra on March 9, at the Bernard C. Campbell Performing Arts Center, the Metheny Music Foundation’s first ever college scholarship was presented by board chairman Mike Metheny to vocalist Patrick Graham. Graham is a senior at Lee’s Summit North High School and plans to be a college music major this fall.
The Metheny Music Foundation’s "Knight Award" is a $2000 scholarship named after the late William R. and Lorene Metheny Knight, uncle and aunt of Foundation board members Mike and Pat Metheny. Like the Metheny brothers, Lorene was a native of Lee’s Summit and a 1935 graduate of Lee’s Summit High School.
"Aunt Rene and Uncle Bill made a generous donation to the Metheny Foundation," said Mike Metheny. "So it was an easy decision to name this scholarship after them. I think they would both be very pleased with the Foundation’s choice for the award’s first winner."
After the presentation Mike Metheny performed "One Note Samba" on the EVI, electronic valve instrument with the Lee’s Summit Symphony’s Forest Stewart (electric bass), Clarence Smith (drums) and conductor Russ Berlin (claves). Berlin is also a Metheny Music Foundation board member.
2013 marks the seventh year the Metheny Music Foundation will award summer studies scholarships to Lee’s Summit music students. Those winners will be announced in May.
For additional information about the Metheny Music Foundation please visit the website at www.methenymusicfoundat