Department of Music


Kenton Frohrip

Faculty Emeritus Kenton Frohrip has been an active member of local arts organizations for over 30 years. Dr. Frohrip is an eloquent and passionate advocate for the arts and was instrumental in bringing about the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra’s Classics for Kids program, which now reaches 1,400 fourth graders in School District 742. Dr. Frohip has a scholarship awarded in his name. The scholarship is awarded to a music major studying a brass instrument.

Roger Barrett

Faculty Emeritus Roger Barrett joined the St. Cloud State University faculty in 1949 and served as director of bands for eighteen years. He received several awards throughout his career including the MMEA service award and the induction into the MMEA Music Educators Hall of Fame. The Roger Barrett Brass Scholarship in Music Education was established in 1987 to support music majors pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree instrumental music education.

Bruce and Dee Pearson

Bruce Pearson's career as a teacher, composer, consultant, writer has established his international reputation for excellence in the field of band education. Bruce Pearson is the recipient of both an SCSU Honorary Doctorate and Distinguished Alumni Award. His love for instrumental music began while attending St. Cloud State University in 1964 where he earned a degree in Music Education. Each year, Bruce and Dee Pearson donate to the Department of Music Scholarship Fund to help award a student embarking on a career in music education with an instrumental emphasis.

Anne Simonett

Anne Simonett was a graduate of Little Falls High School and earned bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from Lawrence University in 1974 and Yale in 1977.  She went on to law school at Harvard University, graduating in 1981.  It was not a stretch for Anne to go from being a pianist to being a judge.  She said, “Music is an intellectual exercise, but the main thing is – other than enriching your soul, which I think music does – the discipline it teaches you will serve you in any profession.” Simonett has a memorial scholarship fund in her name.

Earl Danforth

Earl Danforth was born in Minneapolis to a musically inclined family and grew up on a farm near Princeton.  He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and played in their band. Danforth played the piano and the trumpet very well from an early age and had dreams of performing professionally.  Earl loved music, especially Big Band and Jazz. There is a music scholarship fund in Danford's name.

Charles Echols

Faculty Emeritus Charles Echols was Professor of Music at St. Cloud State from 1972 until his retirement the spring of 2005. Dr. Echols served as Director of Music at St. Mary’s Cathedral of St. Cloud for 25 years. A prolific performer, he has performed all 10 of the organ symphonies of Charles-Marie Widor and the six organ symphonies of Vierne in a series of faculty concerts across Minnesota. Echols has a music scholarship awarded in his name.

May Bowle

May Bowle is a tradition in St. Cloud.  For the past 48 years, on the first Saturday of May, community volunteers along with personnel from St. Cloud State University, St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict put on a dinner dance at one of the three universities with proceeds going to support scholarships for students in music, visual arts and theater.

Charlottee West Anderson

Charlotte West Anderson received her music, mathematics, and elementary education degrees from St. Cloud State University in 1948.  She spent most of her career in education as a music teacher. Through her generosity to St. Cloud State University and the string program, Charlotte West Anderson has designated an award for a music-major whose principal instrument is strings.

Cristine Ann Rehwaldt

Cristine Ann Rehwaldt was a talented musician and top student. Her years were dedicated to a search for love, light, truth, trust and peace. The purpose of the Cristine Rehwaldt Memorial Scholarship is to support the education of outstanding violin students during their first year of attendance at SCSU. If no violinist is found, the award may be made to incoming music students in other fields who demonstrate superior potential.

Harvey Waugh

Faculty Emeritus Harvey Waugh established the Harvey Waugh Memorial String Scholarship for a music-major whose principal instrument is strings. Harvey Waugh was foremost a team player. In 1949, during the centennial celebrations of the State of Minnesota, he co-wrote and produced the musical Minnesota.  During World War II while in the military he was the chief music arranger for the world renowned Blue Jacket Choir. They sang in Great Britain and throughout mainland Europe.  They sang for the memorial services of the late President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  Following the War, he was asked to go to Augsburg, Germany, where he conducted a combined army-municipal band.

David Swenson

David Swenson graduated from St. Cloud State in 1976 with a music education degree. He was a percussionist with multiple goals in music and life, and in 1994 he posthumously established a foundation dedicated to advancing the percussive arts at St. Cloud State University. The David Swenson Foundation Percussion Scholarship is a four-year award granted to those outstanding musicians pursuing a degree in music whose primary instrument is percussion.

Ruth Gant

Faculty Emeritus Ruth Gant joined the faculty at St. Cloud State University in the fall of 1946.  While at SCSU she taught piano, organ and music theory. Ruth loved music, students, and St. Cloud University and was a devoted teacher who always expected the best of her students.  In addition to being a dedicated teacher, Gant was an accomplished pianist, garnering many enthusiastic reviews in the 1920s ‘30s, and ‘40s when she performed in cities such as Indianapolis, Indiana, and Emporia, Kansas. A piano scholarship has been established in her name.

Andrea Arriagada

Andrea Arriagada was a very talented and gifted young musician. She loved theater, set design, painting, drawing, ceramics, origami, quilting and played the clarinet, piano, and marimba. In September 2005 Andrea started her first year at St. Cloud State University, where she received a SCSU Foundation Scholarship. Andrea Arriagada passed tragically on October 8, 2005. 

She will live forever in the hearts and voices of her family and many friends. A memorial voice scholarship has been established in Arriagada's name.

John Jacob and Dorothy Weismann

John Jacob Weismann honored his wife, Dorothy, with the establishment of this memorial fund. Dorothy took a post in the public schools of St. Cloud while John accepted an offer to teach at St. Cloud State University.

Helen Steen Huls

Faculty Emeritus Helen Huls was a vocal music instructor at SCSU for 43 years from 1926 until her retirement in 1969.  She was widely known in the Upper Midwest as a choral director, speaker, clinician and adjudicator for vocal competitions.  She studied the problems experienced by immature singers and published her findings in a book, The Adolescent Voice. The Helen Steen Huls Memorial Voice Scholarship Foundation was established by Fred Huls as a memorial to his wife shortly after her death in 1971.

Maybeth Gyllstrom

Faculty Emeritus Maybeth Gyllstrom received her doctorate in vocal performance at the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in vocal performance at Northwestern University.  She received a Music Education Degree from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.  She taught voice from 1968-98 in the Music Department at St. Cloud State University. The Maybeth Saure Gyllstrom scholarship has been established in Gyllstrom's name.

Mildred McGonagle

Mildred McGonagle graduated from the SCSU class of 1943. As teacher, advocate, promoter and supporter, Mildred has helped the arts thrive in Central Minnesota. She established a scholarship for voice students at St. Cloud State in 2002. The McGonagle scholarship was set up for sophomore music students with operatic potential.

Myrl Carlsen

Faculty Emeritus Myrl Carlsen retired in 1963 after 37 years in the St. Cloud State University Music Department. She is the first person in the history of the college’s Alumni Association to establish a perpetual endowment scholarship fund while still living. Myrl was on the local board of directors for the Minnesota Symphony, and for 28 years was the executive secretary and concert manager of the St. Cloud Symphony Association. She was the St. Cloud area chairman to promote the annual Metropolitan Opera Company Festival in Minneapolis for over 30 years.

David Ernest

Faculty Emeritus David Ernest retired from St. Cloud State University the spring of 1996. He studied oboe and English horn in Chicago, Paris, Boulder, and Urbana. David taught double reed instruments, but Music Theory, Composition, 20th Century Music, Analytical Techniques, Form and Analysis, Foundations and Principles of Music Education, and Humanities.  One of the highlights of his career was receiving a Fulbright scholarship to study oboe in Paris. He published articles for “Gopher Music Notes,” the Minnesota Music Educator’s Association’s publication for 24 consecutive years.  He also performed for many years as the principal oboist for the St. Cloud Symphony, Amadeus Chamber Symphony and for the MN Center Chorale. A woodwind scholarship has been established in his name.

Agatha Fleming

Agatha Fleming’s endowed scholarship is designed to support music majors pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. The award is given to a junior or senior in music education in consultation with the faculty within the Department of Music and is awarded through the School of Education.