Black Classical Origins Scholarship Gala

Black Classical Origins Scholarship Gala

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Make a significant impact in the lives of African American children by providing them the opportunity to study at the Flint School of Performing Arts.

Enjoy an exceptional Black Classical Origins experience with great food, stimulating fellowship, entertaining jazz and world-class symphony music featuring Duke Ellington's Black, Brown and Beige Suite.

The annual Black Classical Origins experience seeks to bring families, communities and cultures together through the power of song, music and dance and to celebrate Black History Month.

Who We Are
The Black Classical Origins (BCO) was conceived 12 years ago with the vision of engaging the African-American community in the classical arts. Our vision has expanded to include promoting the participation of African-American students in the performing arts by awarding tuition assistance & scholarships based on need and merit. How You Can Help By attending the Black Classical Origins Gala or by making a donation your sponsorship dollars makes instruction in the classical arts possible for many African American children in mid-Michigan.
How Are We Doing
To date, more than $60,000 has been raised for financial assistance through Black Classical Origins. These funds are distributed to African-American students studying voice, instrumental music and dance at the Flint School of Performing Arts. A total of 46 merit scholarships and 34 tuition assistance awards have been made in amounts ranging from $75-$500.
Students receiving the tuition assistance awards have demonstrated financial need and range from beginners through advanced students and toddlers to adults. Merit scholarship recipients are selected through an annual audition process.
How You Can Help
By attending the Black Classical Origins Gala or by making a donation your sponsorship dollars makes instruction in the classical arts possible for many African-American children in mid-Michigan.
2016 Scholarship Donors:
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Babb
Ms. Jo Blackstone
Raymond James Financial, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Burton
Mr. and Mrs. Dallas C. Dort
Mr. and Mrs. William Harris
Mr. Vince Lorraine and
Ms. Sherron Barden
The Serra Foundation
Mr. Gary E. Marsa
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Shand
Shedd, Frasier & Grossman, PLLC
Mr. and Mrs. Willie E. Artis
Mr. Dennsi Buckner
Mr. Evans Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Kump
Ms. Ernelle Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Torre
Whiting Foundation
Mr. Richard L. King, Jr.
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Communities First, Inc.
Community Foundation of
  Greater Flint
Hurley Medical Center
Mott Community College Foundation
Father Philip A. Schmitter
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Clack
Lewis & Knapf, CPA’s, P.C.
Mr. Paul DeBose and Ms. Cleora
  Scruggs DeBose
Mr. Joseph Bouknight
Dr. and Mrs. Samuel R. Dismond Jr.
HealthPlus of Michigan, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. William Moeller
Dr. and Mrs. Frederick VanDuyne
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Davis

BCO Committee:
Barbara Shackleford
Beverly Jones
Bill & Kitty Moeller,
Cathy Prevett
Cheryl Thompson
Corey Taylor
Dallas Dort
Davin Pierson Torre
Dennis Buckner
Dionanda Burnash
Ernelle Taylor
Essence Wilson
Floyd Clack
Fr. Philip Schmitter
Glenn Wilson
Lennetta Coney
Jan Dismond
Jim Bleicher
Louis Hawkins
Paul Torre
Richard King
Rodney Lontine
Dr. Sam Dismond
Sheila Zorn
Sylvia Pittman













Changing lives through a lifelong continuum of music, dance and theatre