2021 Yick Scholarship Winners

Harding University – Caleb Drew found a love for classical singing through the Bauer Family High School Voice Studio, supported by the Houston Grand Opera. Once coming to Harding University, he was able to build upon this love and manifest the potential that others saw in him. Over the course of his undergraduate career, Caleb has been a finalist and semifinalist multiple times in both the Southern Region and Arkansas NATS chapter competitions. He has been a member of the Harding University Chorus, Chamber Singers, and the Thundering Herd Marching Band where he played tuba.

He hopes to attend graduate school at the University of Mississippi, pursuing a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. He seeks to find himself in an opera house one day as a staple member of a company’s chorus or ensemble, helping put together the house’s productions and be a valuable asset. He also hopes to build his own private voice studio in order to help others build their voice and find a passion of their own.

Caleb has received vocal instruction from Dr. Jason Lester of Houston Baptist University, Dr. Kelly Neill of Harding University, and Mrs. Laura Eads of Harding University.

Caleb performed “Arise, Ye Subterranean Winds” from The Tempest by Henry Purcell at the May 2021 Zoom AFMC Convention.

Williams Baptist University – David Ellis completed his senior year as a Church Music major at Williams Baptist University. A native of northeast Arkansas, David is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Music Technology (with an emphasis in Studio & Game Audio). While at Williams, David played percussion in the WBU Band and was bass section leader for the Williams Singers. He also served as President of Mu Phi Epsilon, an international co-ed music fraternity and honor society.  David performed an original composition on piano for the 2021 Convention Zoom Meeting.