SNU Music Major, Chad Dorough named finalist in John Lennon/BMI original song competition

Southern Nazarene University Music Major Chad Dorough has been named one of two finalists from Oklahoma in the John Lennon/BMI original song competition. Mr. Dorough is a 21-year-old senior music major with an emphasis in guitar performance. His entry, entitled “Falling Asleep,” will proceed to the national level.

Dr. Phil Moore, Chairman, School of Music at Southern Nazarene University states; “This is the third SNU student to be so honored in the competition’s 6-year history.” “Student composers at SNU now have the added resource of a professional level recording facility as part of the music facilities, and a degree option in Music Business,” said Moore.

The 2007 John Lennon Scholarship Awards application age requirements are between the ages of 15 and 24. Only certain current student or alumnus/alumna of specific colleges/universities were eligible to apply. Items that the applicant was to submit were as follows: 1. A CD or audiotape of a song written by the applicant with original words and music. 2. Three typed copies of the lyric. 3. The applicant’s name was not to appear on the audio tape/CD or on the typed copies of the lyric. 4. Fully completed application, which must be confirmed by a faculty member from any department in their school.

The BMI Foundation, Inc. opens the John Lennon Scholarship competition for young songwriters. Yoko Ono established the scholarship in 1997. The John Lennon Scholarships are made possible through generous donations from Ono with matching funds from Gibson musical Instruments.

One $10,000 scholarship for 1st place and two $5,000 scholarships for second and third place will be awarded. The BMI Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1985.

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