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FGCU Bower School of Music Graduates First Class

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University's Bower School of Music will graduate its first class during spring commencement exercises 2 p.m., Sunday, May 2 at Germain Arena, in Estero.

Through specialized curricula and extensive general education offerings, the Bower School of Music seeks to prepare professionals for service in music education, music performance and pedagogy. The School also provides rich musical opportunities for students majoring in other disciplines and furnishes cultural enrichment for the southwest Florida community and beyond.

In addition to meeting the University's general education requirements, members of the graduating class have pursued extensive course work in music theory, history and literature, as well as participation in large and small ensembles and applied lessons.

The graduates are Katherine Abbott, Bradenton, Fla.; Francesca Da Silva, Punta Gorda, Fla.; Justin Goff, Fort Myers, Fla.; Satoko Hayami, Wakayama, Japan; Edward Rizo, Miami, Fla.; Anthony Schons, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Jamie Spagnola, Fort Myers, Fla.

The Bower School of Music accepted its first class of music majors in fall 2006. The School has grown significantly in the four years since the first class was admitted, and expects to see more than 100 music majors enrolled by fall 2010.

The School offers two degree programs-Bachelor of Arts in Music (Education) and Bachelor of Arts in Music (Performance). The latter prepares students, through the State of Florida's Alternative Certification Program, to teach music in public and private schools. This degree can also help prepare students to develop a private instrumental or vocal teaching studio. Students in this degree track choose a choral, instrumental or general music education track, and many also pursue a minor in general education. The Bachelor of Arts in Music (Performance) serves students who seek careers in music performance. This degree program is also appropriate for those planning to specialize in private applied performance teaching at all levels.

The Bower School of Music was established with the support of a gift from Alan and Marilyn Korest in memory of Edwin H. Bower, Marilynís father and a well-loved Naples philanthropist. More information about this donation and other Bower School of Music information can be found on the BSM website at

For further information, media representatives should contact Bower School of Music interim director Robert Thayer at (239) 590-7374.

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