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Barton to host Annual Endowment Concert

Musician playing bass guitar and drummer drumming
Musicians perform at a concert earlier in the year in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

April 14, 2022
Story and photo by Joe Vinduska

The Barton Music Department will host the Endowment Concert, a fundraiser for music student scholarships, at 7:30 p.m. May 9 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Advanced tickets can be purchased for $10 at or $20 at the door. All proceeds go to the Music Endowment Scholarship fund. Donations will also be accepted at the door.

The concert will feature vocal and instrumental music groups including the Rock Band, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Concert Choir, and Hilltop Singers.

Vocal Instructor Jessica Perez, who was once a music student at Barton and personally benefited from scholarships, said she encourages people to donate if they are able.

“Many students are only able to graduate from Barton because of the generosity of such donors and the Foundation. As an alumnus, I reflect now on how these scholarships were essential for me and my education. I could not have done it if it wasn’t for the donors. Now, I am happy to give back a little as a professor teaching here.”

Director of Instrumental Activities Dr. Luis Palacios said in addition to being a very important fundraising event, it is also a much-needed celebration of all the musicians’ efforts.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to support these talented young musicians,” he said. “Our students have worked diligently and this will be a fun evening that you won't want to miss.”

The endowment started in 1998 with the help of the Barton Foundation and has since helped numerous students participate in music at Barton. The Endowment Concert also helps benefit a program, which began in 2017, to provide tuition and fees scholarships to high school juniors and seniors who enroll in voice, piano or instrumental lessons.

For more information, contact Director of Instrumental Activities Dr. Luis Palacios at or (620) 792-9396.