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BC Recognizes Wilson and Caplen for Excellence in Music

May 26, 2017

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Two Bridgewater College music majors – Jonathon Wilson and Caroline Caplen – were recognized for excellence in the performing arts.

Wilson was presented the Nelson T. Huffman Award for Musical Excellence. Selected by the music faculty, this award is given to seniors who have excelled both musically and academically. The award honors the late Nelson T. Huffman, long-time professor and chair of the department of music, and includes a cash prize and the winner’s name engraved on a plaque that hangs in the music department.

Wilson is the son of Marc and Mary Wilson of Salem, Va. Wilson is a member of the Philomathes Society, Bridgewater’s scholastic honor society, and Alpha Chi, a national scholastic honor society. He serves as president of the campus chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

He is a member of the Symphonic Band, the Jazz Ensemble, the Pep Band and the Gospel Choir Band. He sings with the Concert Choir and the Chorale.

In the fall, Wilson will serve as director of instrumental and vocal music at Shelburne Middle School in Staunton, Va.

Caplen received the Stephen Tayman Memorial Music Scholarship for $830 for the 2017-18 academic year. Tayman, a member of the class of 1999, died while a student at Bridgewater College and the scholarship is given in his memory by his family.

Caplen is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Caplen of Dulles, Va. She is a member of the Chorale and the Concert Choir. During the 2017-18 academic year, Caplen will serve as president of NAfME.

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