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WMU music student sings way to scholarship

July 11, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- A student from Western Michigan University has garnered a prestigious international music scholarship.

Tim Buchholz, a junior and jazz studies major from Steven's Point, Wis., has been named the winner of the Les Axdahl Scholarship Award from the American Male Chorus Association. The association awards eight scholarships each year, with Buchholz taking home this year's top scholarship. The scholarships are renewable each year that recipients continue their studies.

Buchholz was selected from applicants from across North America. He was nominated for the honor by the Kalamazoo Male Chorus and is the first member of the local chorus to receive the award. He also is the first recipient from the United States to win the association's top scholarship in a number of years, says Norm Goodling, a WMU alumnus and president of the 1,600-member association.

The scholarship is named after Axdahl, who served as association treasurer for 31 years. He was so highly regarded by the group that the scholarship was established in his honor.

Among Buchholz' on-campus activities are his membership in the University Chorale and Gold Company, the University's award-winning vocal jazz ensemble.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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