Candlelight & Carols Gala to benefit San Jacinto College music, audio scholarship funds | San Jac Athletics

Candlelight & Carols Gala to benefit San Jacinto College music, audio scholarship funds

11.18.2013 | By

Coordinators of the Candlelight & Carols Gala include (from left, front) San Jacinto College professors Dr. Martha Braswell (theory and keyboard), Dr. Paul Busselberg (voice and choir), Angela Beyer (audio engineering), Michael Mizma (percussion and steel band), and Les Williams (audio engineering). Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

Candlelight & Carols Gala to benefit San Jacinto College music, audio scholarship funds

San Jacinto College Central’s music and audio engineering department will host the Candlelight & Carols Gala to raise scholarship funds for qualifying music and audio engineering students. The gala will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Central Campus student center ballroom, located at 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena.

The gala will feature hor d’oeuvres, dinner, and an evening of live music performed by music professors, as well as current and former San Jacinto College music students. The concert repertoire will be holiday music, under the direction of Dr. Paul Busselberg, director of the Central Campus choral program. Featured groups will include choirs, brass band, steel band, strings, and a faculty jazz combo.

San Jacinto College music student Diana Gulski, founder of the recently created Gulski scholarship, says the gala will fund scholarships, which will help students reach their goals. “As a currently enrolled student, I am a first-hand witness of the hard work and effort put forth by the students and faculty of the College’s music department,” she commented. “Investing financially into the lives of fine music students is a special way of giving back. San Jacinto College provided me with a music scholarship, and I will always remember those who invested time and money to further my music education.”

Music professor Dr. Martha Braswell, a gala coordinator, says money donated to scholarships will be put to good use. “Professors have identified students who demonstrate excellent study skills, are seriously pursuing university transfer paths, and who work well with their peers,” she said. To qualify for a Gulski scholarship, a student must complete at least two semesters, and be recommended by music professors and private music instructors. Other scholarships will be offered to entering freshmen music students who qualify through an audition process.

 “People attending the gala will enjoy fine dining, an entertaining concert that showcases the College’s versatile audio and musical talent, while also contributing to a worthy cause,” Braswell added. “It is truly a win-win situation.”

Jerry Mouton, mayor of Deer Park, will serve as master of ceremonies. Tickets to attend the Candlelight & Carols Gala fundraiser are $75 per person, or $550 for a table of eight.

San Jacinto College offers music degrees and courses, as well as private music lessons at all three campuses. For more information, please visit


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