DURANT, Okla. – The Dr. Robert McFadden Scholarship has been established through the Southeastern Foundation to benefit students attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
The scholarship was established in 2009 by an initial gift from the Waples Memorial United Methodist Church in Denison, Texas, in recognition of McFadden’s 20 years of continuous service as pianist/organist.
The scholarship was endowed by McFadden and a ceremony was held Friday in the Welcome Center on the Southeastern campus.
Recipients of the McFadden Scholarship will be full-time students in good standing at Southeastern. The award is established as an educational scholarship for students who have declared music performance majors, pianist preferred, as their major field of study.
Students must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average and be juniors or above who have been admitted to the Bachelor of Music program.
McFadden is a native of Kansas and earned his Bachelor of Music (Piano) at Wichita State University. He received his M.M. degree at the University of Michigan and completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the University of Kansas.
He taught at Hesston College (Kansas) and South Carolina State University before joining the Southeastern faculty in 1984, where he teaches private piano, undergraduate music history, music literature and appreciation, and directed readings in music history. He also accompanies the Southeastern Chorale, Opera Theatre and vocal recitalists.
McFadden has received a number of Southeastern research grants to pursue the Suzuki method of piano study as it compares with traditional private teaching.
In 2000, he adjudicated at the Second Chinese Composers Competition in Hong Kong and has judged numerous other competitions.
His pre-college students have won several local and state competitions. He is active as a musician in Denison, at Waples Memorial United Methodist and the Christian Science churches.
He has held several offices in the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, including a two-year term as state president in 2006-2007. In 2009, McFadden was chosen as a Foundation Fellow in the Music Teachers National Association (the eighth to be honored from Oklahoma).
The nomination was made because of the impact McFadden has made on the music profession through OMTA and MTNA membership and service, his exemplary career that has shaped and inspired others, and the high esteem that he is held in by his peers.