Aug 16, 2013
BCU Awarded Second Consecutive Gilchrist Foundation Grant for Choral Arts
SUMMARY: The BCU Choral Program, led by Dr. Sean Burton, has been awarded a Gilchrist Foundation grant for the second consecutive year.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – For the second consecutive year, Briar Cliff University has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Gilchrist Foundation.
Awarded in support of the Briar Cliff Choral Arts Program Enhancement Initiative, a three-year plan, the grant will be used to expand the University’s program in pursuit of excellence, participation and appreciation of the choral arts in Siouxland.
“This grant will enable Briar Cliff to further enhance our choral programming and benefit the Siouxland community even more,” said Dr. Sean Burton, associate professor of music, The Gilchrist Foundation director of choral activities and division chair of arts and humanities at Briar Cliff.
The Gilchrist Foundation mission is to further the philanthropy of its founder, Jocelyn Gilchrist, and her family, who had wide interests that embraced wildlife, conservation, the arts, public broadcasting and disaster relief. The Foundation provides incentives and funds to non-profit organizations that further these goals.
With an established choral tradition spanning many decades, the Cliff Singers have consistently been lauded at public performances in local, regional, national and international venues. An auditioned ensemble open to every member of the University community, the Cliff Singers perform an annual concert series, as well as at University and civic events, including frequent performances with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.
Briar Cliff University is a Catholic institution with an enrollment of more than 1,100 students from 31 states and 11 countries. Students are educated in the Franciscan tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and career preparation in an environment of care, compassion and service.