Messages for the CWRU Class of 2021

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Help us celebrate the CWRU Class of 2021! Current students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni are all invited to send a message or record a special video for the Department of Music graduating class or for their favorite graduating Spartan (music majors, minors or ensemble members).

Messages, along with graduation and award announcements, will be shared here and on social media through commencement on May 30, 2020.

Department of Music Graduating Class 

    Make sure to tag @cwrumusic on: Facebook and Instagram (we'll share your celebratory posts)! #CWRUGrad2021

    Commencement 2021 Updates

    Senior Academic Award Winners 


    Arthur H. Benade Prize: Rachel Beller 
    Awarded to a senior with a major other than music who has made a notable contribution to music on campus during undergraduate study.

    Charles E. Clemens Prize: Samuel Chaffee
    For talent and accomplishment in music.

    Doris Young Hartsock Prize: Eli Weiskirch
    For outstanding performance in music education.

    Kennedy Prize: Eli Weiskirch
    For creative work in art, English, or music. 

    Ronis Recital Prize: Dana D’Orlando, Allison Siekmann
    Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate music major who has made an exceptional contribution to the musical life of the university and has been selected, by audition, to perform in the Joan Terr Ronis Memorial Recital


    Congratulations to our graduating students! Your final year at CWRU has been filled with enormous challenges, and I’ve missed seeing your faces in Haydn Hall and around campus. But I’m proud of all the work you’ve done, of your academic accomplishments, and of your masked performances—many of which I watched from home. I wish each and every one of you the best of luck in the years to come. Keep in touch!

    - David Rothenberg, Associate Professor and Department Chair

    Congratulations to the Class of 2021! This particular year has been like no other and your dedication and fortitude during this pandemic is much to be admired. You will all be qualified and compassionate future leaders. We wish all of you the best as you celebrate this great achievement!

    - CWRU Music Staff: Jennifer, Laura, Summer, Ken

    Congratulations to you all on this momentous occasion! We have been so fortunate to have you as students and part of our Department during your time with us. Best wishes for all your future endeavors and please come back and visit sometime!

    - Ryan Scherber, Assistant Professor

    Congratulations to all of our graduating students! This has been especially crazy year for everyone, and we're immensely proud of everything you've accomplished.

    - Daniel Goldmark, Professor 

    Congratulations everyone! We are very proud for you, and honored that you chose the CWRU Department of Music for your undergraduate training. May you find much success as you enter into the next phase of your brilliant careers.

    - Georgia Cowart, Professor

    Kudos and congratulations to all 2021 music graduates! The faculty are incredibly proud of your efforts and your resilience, particularly over the past year. May you find success in whatever direction future endeavors take you!

    - Matthew Garrett, Associate Professor

    Congratulations to all our music graduates! We're proud of you and your work, and wish you all the best going forward.

    - Francesca Brittan, Associate Professor

    Congratulations Ryan Buechele and Alex Lenhart! You did it! I am so proud of both of you! Well done!!!

    - Loren Toplitz, Trumpet Faculty

    Congratulations from Houston, TX to the 2021 grads of CWRU Music—especially Grace Howard!

    - Kim Howard

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