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Benefit concert to establish C of I piano scholarship

The College of Idaho will host a benefit concert Sept. 22 to establish a piano scholarship honoring former C of I piano teacher Fern Nolte Davidson. C of I alumnae Barbara Attebery ’47 and Sylvia Hunt ’59 will perform a piano and organ duo program beginning at 2:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. There is no charge for admission, with all donations and proceeds going toward the scholarship fund, which needs about $1,500 to become an endowed, perpetual award.

The program includes piano duets including Brahms’ “Liebslieder Dances” Op. 36, Arthur Benjamin’s “Jamaican Rumba,” and a novelty selection from the 1930’s, Zez Confrey’s “Dizzy Fingers.” The two-piano selections include “Dance Caprice”  by Frederick Fleming Beale and Percy Grainger’s settings of British folk songs including “Molly on the Shore,” “Handel in the Strand,” “Shepherd’s Hey” and “Country Gardens.” The program also includes organ duets “Max Cat Rag” and Hymn Tune Variations as well as guest cello soloist Dr. Brian Attebery, a professor of English at Idaho State University and principal cellist for the Idaho State Civic Symphony. 

Barbara Attebery and Hunt organized this event to honor the legacy of Davidson, who had a long tenure as a College of Idaho piano teacher and a leader of the Idaho Music Teacher’s Association.  Davidson, who trained countless Treasure Valley piano teachers, received an honorary doctorate from the C of I and a Governor’s Award from the Idaho Commission for Excellence in the Arts.  Donations will help establish the piano scholarship in her name at The College of Idaho.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit