HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University's Amanda Asher, Great Bend senior, received the Donald E. Stout Outstanding Choral Musician Award for 2000-2001 at the March Choral Concert.
At the concert Asher was honored as the seventh recipient of the prestigious award. The presentation came in the presence of the university choirs, their director, and the namesake of the award, Dr. Donald E. Stout.
Asher is a music education major whose primary instrument is piano. She has been the accompanist for the university choirs for the past several years and has also been active as a singer in those choirs. Asher is also a private voice student. In addition, she has worked with the Fort Hays Singers as a conducting student and rehearsed and conducted the Fort Hays Singers in concert.
Dr. Rager Moore, FHSU assistant professor of music, said, "Amanda has been an asset to the choirs over the past few years. In fact, she has been my right arm in rehearsals, performances and in the vocal studio."
Other recipients of the award over the past five years have been: Scott Wichael (formerly of Hays), Tracy Hommon (Smith Center), Jeremy J. Rupe (currently of Hays), Jacob Steward (Hays), and co-winners Karen Krehbiel (Dighton) and Kristen Urban (Otis-Bison).