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Trimble grad receives scholarship to pursue masters at Notre Dame’s School of Music

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By Hilda Parrish

Andrew G. Jennings, Bedford, received a Bachelor of Music at Indiana University Southeast in May of this year.

Jennings is the recipient of a full, two-year scholarship to study for his Masters at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. His study is Sacred Music with emphasis in choral conducting. Andy will also be a graduate assistant in the Music Department.

He said he applied after much thought, thinking he wouldn’t have a chance of being acknowledged. He was one of 40 other students from different schools who auditioned in Feb. 2012. The field was then narrowed down to five and for their final audition had to conduct the School Choir.

“I was nervous going in, but when I stood up before the choir, I knew what I had to do and I did it,” he said in an interview last Tuesday. “I had to wait until March to get the results and I thought it would never get here. But the day I got the letter, my mom handed me a box. In it was a pair of sweats with Notre Dame down the side. I asked her how she knew to buy the pants, she said I bought these the day you auditioned.”

With the very impressive list of accomplishments for such a young man, I asked him when he realized he had a talent for music. He said there was musical talent in both parents’ families, but he was nine when he watched Stuart Clem play piano as she taught music to the elementary students.

“I just watched her hands on the piano keys and said to myself ‘I want to do that.’ So I started taking lessons,” Jennings said.

Andy is the son of Robin Jennings of Bedford and Jimmy and Laurie Jennings of Bedford.

He was born and reared in Trimble County and attended Bedford Elementary, TCMS and graduated with the 2004 class of TCHS.

While studying for his Associate and Bachelor’s degrees, he was assistant to the music professor, worked at the local PVA office, gave piano lessons and for the past two years he has been the Director of music at Trinity United Methodist Church in Madison.

Andy leaves July 9 for the four-hour trip to Notre Dame. But he said he would be back whenever his schedule allowed. Because not only are his parents here but his grandmother, Kathryn Jennings and his triplet brothers, Jaden, Colin and Dylan among other relatives and friends.