Professor Emerita Lanelle Blanton dedicated a large part of her career to the Texas Woman's University music program and its students. Now she and her husband, Gerald Stevenson, have created the Lanelle Blanton Music Scholarship Endowment to continue to support talented students who are seeking their degrees in music.
From 1969-2005, Blanton taught an array of classes at TWU including applied voice, aural skills, opera literature, song literature and Choraliers Show Choir. Today, she continues to teach private vocal lessons and serves as an adjunct instructor of music. Her impact on the program and the students has been instrumental, and this scholarship will carry on her legacy and commitment to music education.
Blanton received her master’s degree from Indiana University and her BMEd from West Texas State University. She went on to teach applied voice at Indiana University and also taught choral music at Terre Haute High School and Lewisville High School before coming to TWU. She also has had an extensive career outside of the classroom as a soprano soloist performing with the Fort Worth Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Indiana Wind Ensemble, Midland Symphony, Denton Community Chorus and Orchestra, Denton Bach Society and Denton Light Opera. She performed in lead roles with Central City Opera Company, Weldon Talley Theatre and Chicago Youth Opera Program.
Her wealth of experience and expertise has been passed on to her students through the years. Texas Woman's is grateful to Lanelle and Gerald for creating this scholarship endowment, which will be available for award in fall 2022, as a way to assist future music students in achieving their educational dreams.