BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College’s Casey Gray of Wheeling, W.Va. has been selected as this year’s recipient of the College’s Benjamin Chandler Shaw Travel Award. Gray, a junior Music Major with a Vocal Track, will use the grant to participate in the prestigious Schlern International Music Festival at the tiny resort town of Voels am Schlern in northern Italy this summer.

“While I’m in Italy, I will be studying with Dr. Delia Wallis from the faculty of SUNY-Fredonia,” Gray said. “I will be attending many concerts and recitals put on by the faculty and students at the Festival and at a number of venues in Milan. We will also be preparing a variety of vocal chamber music selections and repertoire for my Senior Recital at Bethany.”

The Schlern International Music Festival is one of the world’s premier classical music festivals. A three-week session set high in the majestic Italian Alps, it combines the opportunity to study with some of the finest musicians and educators from across the globe with an intense concert schedule designed to prepare students for the demanding life of a professional musician.

Gray is no stranger to the performing arts. In December, he performed excerpts from Handel’s Messiah as tenor soloist for the Bethany College Choir’s Christmas Concert. He also served as tenor soloist for the Choir’s performance of Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ in March.

The Wheeling Park High School graduate is President of the Bethany College Music Society, coordinator and accompanist of the Bethany Broadway Group and serves as Vice President of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity on campus. He is currently employed as Organ Scholar and Chorister at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wheeling.

Bethany College’s Benjamin Chandler Shaw Travel Award is granted to the junior man who has distinguished himself by leadership, character, conduct and scholarship and whose proposal for foreign travel most significantly impacts his education objectives.

The award is funded by the late Dr. Carl Lincoln Schweinfurth in recognition of the late Dr. Shaw, who was Bethany’s George T. Oliver Professor of History and Political Science. Dr. Shaw joined the Bethany faculty in 1935, served as Chair of the Department of History and Political Science from 1945-66 and continued as a part-time faculty member until 1975.