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Janet L. McCoy


AUBURN -- A deadline of Friday, April 2, has been set to submit applications for a competitive scholarship in Auburn University's Department of Music, named to honor a retired music professor.

Competition auditions for the John William Tamblyn Endowed Scholarship will be Wednesday, April 14, at 4 p.m. in Goodwin Recital Hall.

Information about the scholarship, including competition guidelines and an application form, may be picked up from AU's Department of Music, 101 Goodwin Building.

To be eligible, a student must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at AU and must have demonstrated "exceptional musical talent as determined by the department's Scholarship Committee," said Mary Josiah Howard, an associate professor in the Department of Music at AU and moderator of the Tamblyn Scholarship Fund.

The endowment was established in 1996, primarily from donations by former students, faculty, alumni and friends.

An AU alumnus who taught in the Department of Music for more than 30 years, Tamblyn was also longtime organist and choir director of the First Presbyterian Church in Auburn. Both the church and AU conferred emeritus status to Tamblyn.

Tamblyn began taking piano lesson at age five. By 13, he was playing organ at his church. He earned first a chemistry degree from AU, served in World War II, then returned to AU and earned another bachelor's degree, this time in music. His music degree was one of the early degrees conferred by the then-fledgling music department, established during World War II under the leadership of Hubert Liverman. Tamblyn credit's Liverman with helping him choose his career path.

Tamblyn began his teaching career at Auburn in 1950 after earning a master's degree in music from the Eastman School of Music, and he resumed his service at First Presbyterian Church.

He left Auburn to earn the doctorate in music from the Eastman School of Music, but returned in 1961, where he continued his dual service at AU and the church until his retirement in 1990.

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CONTACT: Howard, 334/844-3189.