The week before Easter was a socially slow one, and the Baton Rouge Opera Guild’s annual scholarship recital tea was a nice break.

Listening to some of the best voices in LSU’s nationally and internationally recognized opera program perform on a beautiful late afternoon was the perfect end to a busy workday.

Opera Guild

The program began with Pat Felder, BROG’s second vice president and chairwoman of the recital, honoring Robert Grayson for all he has done for the organization over the years. Grayson is chairman of LSU’s voice/opera division and helped to professionalize the scholarship selection process. BROG President Connie Smith joked that they had to honor Grayson first, since he would be introducing the students and, “as we all know, it’s hard to get the microphone from Robert once he gets it.”

Performing to the accompaniment of LSU Opera music director Michael Borowitz were soprano Megan Barrera, recipient of the Dr. and Mrs. Leo Abraham and Alma Lee and H.N. Saurage Jr. scholarships given by Insa Abraham and the Alma Lee & H.N. Saurage Jr. Fund.; tenor Greg Gallagher, recipient of the James Coday Memorial Scholarship given by Judy and William Zollinger, Gerald Wilcox Memorial Scholarship given by Marlene Wilcox and the scholarship honoring John Turner given by Sue Turner; and lyric-coloratura Jennifer Luqueete, recipient of the Thomas C. Landrum Memorial given by Lillian Landrum; baritone Sean Matassa, recipient of the Dorothy Halphen Kolb and Elaine K. Schudmak memorial scholarships given by Shirley and R.L. Bergeron and Susan and Feltus Leake, and Ann Keogh, respectively.

Also, mezzo soprano Chelsea Miller, recipient of the Polly and John Hernandez Fund established by Susan Dawson, Pauline Bondy Hernandez Fund established by John Hernandez, Katharine O. Dunham Memorial Fund and Baton Rouge Opera Guild Member Scholarship, all given by BROG soprano Penelope Shumate, recipient of the Joseph Dawson Jr., Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship, given by Susan Dawson; soprano Carline Waugh, recipient of the Ernest A. Gueymard Memorial Scholarship, given by Anne G. Shirley and Davis Gueymard.

Greek Gala

LSU’s Greek community hosted its ninth annual Greek Gala March 14 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center. The honorees were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in their communities, professions or fraternity/sorority.

Sorority honorees included Lauren Perry, Phi Mu; Tiffany N. Carter, Delta Sigma Theta; Margo Tauzier May, Zeta Tau Alpha; April Palombo Setliff, Kappa Kappa Gamma; Johnnie Hunt Bond, Pi Beta Phi; Kathryn Trick Mount, Kappa Alpha Theta; Jo Cline Emmert, Chi Omega; and Marla H. Warner, Delta Delta Delta.

Fraternity honorees included Jim Ragland, Theta Xi; Rick Frost, Sigma Chi; Billy Treadway III, Delta Kappa Epsilon; Mario Jaramillo, Pi Kappa Alpha; Jay Montalbano, Kappa Alpha Order; Dr. Michael Hiller, Sigma Nu; Shirl E. Gilbert II, Phi Beta Sigma; Denny Bond, Sigma Phi Epsilon; Glenn Bryant, Alpha Gamma Rho; Jeff Springmeyer, Kappa Sigma; Steve Maher, Lambda Chi Alpha; John Ward, Phi Delta Theta; John Delgado, Pi Kappa Alpha; and Mel Percy, Acacia Fraternity.

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