Kate Tombaugh

Katherine Tombaugh received the first David Nott Collegiate Choir Scholarship at the annual spring concert on April 9.

Tombaugh Receives David Nott Collegiate Choir Scholarship

April 12, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan University's Katherine Tombaugh, a junior English literature and music double major from Streator, Ill., received the first David Nott Collegiate Choir Scholarship at the annual spring concert on April 9.

The concert honored the legacy of the late David Nott, professor emeritus of voice and former director of choral activity at IWU, with the debut performance of a choral piece commissioned in his memory by his widow, Anne Nott, along with family and friends.  The piece, "I Am in Need of Music," was composed by David Brunner, IWU class of '75 and director of choral activities at the University of Central Florida-Orlando, and will become a part of the Collegiate Choir Commission Series, begun in 1952, and supported by Nott throughout his career.

Tombaugh received the scholarship in honor of her "commitment to supporting the high performance standards of Collegiate Choir, appreciation for the inherently collaborative nature of choral singing, demonstrated leadership within the ensemble and affinity for the choral art."  The The David Nott Scholar is selected by the conductor of the Collegiate Choir and in consultation with the director of the School of Music.

Nott, who passed away in December of 2004, taught at IWU for 31 years, bringing recognition to an already distinguished choral program.  He led the Collegiate Choir on an annual spring break tour, which took the group to all corners of the United States and produced critically acclaimed recordings.  Among Nott's most distinguished students are world-renowned opera singers Roger Roloff and Dawn Upshaw, a two time Grammy Award-winner who is also married to Nott's oldest son.

For additional information, contact the IWU School of Music office at (309) 556- 3061.

Contact: Meg Dubuque, (309) 556-3181