Brianna Daugherty has been selected to receive the Glenn Draper Scholarship, awarded to a student who has completed two successive years in UTC Choral Activities and has demonstrated successful academic performance. The scholarship was established in 2002 by friends and colleagues of Glenn Draper—it is funded through a UC Foundation endowment.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Music Department and Choral Activities made the announcement.
Daugherty, from Cleveland, Tennessee, is currently completing coursework for an undergraduate degree in Music Education at UTC. She has been deeply involved with the music department in recent years, since transferring from Carson-Newman, where she was studying pre-physical therapy. She has been a member of UTC’s Chamber Singers for the past three years, and currently studies vocals under Dr. Rebecca St. Goar.
She has actively participated in both the Opera and Theatre departments and is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Daugherty currently serves as the President of UTC’s student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Both the Chamber Singers and the student chapter of ACDA are under the direction of Dr. Kevin Ford. This exceptional student was awarded the 2014-2015 Authors and Artists Club Scholarship, Vocal Performance Scholarship and the Student Government Association Outstanding Senior Award for BM: Vocal Music Education.
Despite her busy schedule, Daugherty finds time to follow her passion in the community. She is the director of the children’s music program at Rivermont Presbyterian Church, and sings in its choir. Additionally, she sings in the Gospel Heritage Quartet year round. During the summer, she teaches and conducts shaped note music schools in Georgia, Oklahoma and West Virginia.
Glenn Draper came to Chattanooga in 1968 and spent more than 30 years as Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga. During his career, he directed singers’ performances before heads of state, including every U.S. President since Richard Nixon, and British Royalty. In addition, he has led 49 international concert tours and countless American tours.
His groups, including the Chattanooga Singers and the Singing Mocs at UTC, have performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the Crystal Cathedral in Los Angeles, Australia’s Sydney Opera House and in concert with such renowned performers as Perry Como, Tony Bennett and Liberace. They have performed for national audiences and travelled around the world, receiving numerous awards and commendations.