AMU student Eileen Plunkett recently won the Southwest Florida Symphony Society Scholarship, a $1000 award that will go to her continued music studies at Ave Maria University. For the scholarship competition, Plunkett performed “Mein Herr Marquis” from Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II, “Con Que la Lavare,” by Joaquin Rodrigo, and “Art is Calling For Me,” from The Enchantressby Victor Herbert.
“I was nervous—as any performer would be before a big competition,” Plunkett says about the event. “Yet, I felt very prepared and confident. I love performing more than anything and I was excited to have an opportunity to compete with other accomplished musicians.”
Eileen Plunkett is double majoring in Business and Music with a concentration in Voice. On campus, she has been involved with the Drama Club’s annual “Night on Broadway,” and she has performed in many departmental concerts. Plunkett transferred to AMU in Fall 2016.
“My short time at AMU has blessed me with so many gifts,” she remarks. “The professors, students, and the AMU community are so very special. AMU is equipping students with the knowledge to be successful in their chosen fields while simultaneously emphasizing the importance of the Catholic faith in their everyday lives. … I am so blessed that God has brought me here to be a musician [and] a student.”
The SWFL Symphony Society Scholarship enables high school and college students interested in music to win scholarships towards an organized music program.