GATESVILLE — Three Coryell County musicians teamed up for the first concert of the third season of the Jeffrey Arnold Foundation Festival Concerts Series here Sunday.
Oboists Cory Snoddy and Cody Mendoza returned to Gatesville to perform at First United Methodist Church before a crowd of about 200 people.
The musicians performed selections from J.S. Bach, Benedetto Marcello, Marcel Bitsch and Dirk-Michael Kirsch.
Snoddy, a Baylor University graduate who now lives in New York City where he is pursuing a master’s degree at Mannes Conservatory–The New School for Music, grew up in Coryell County and has played oboe for 12 years. He is a 2007 graduate of Belton High School.
Mendoza, a graduate of The University of North Texas, is a Gatesville native who has played oboe for seven years. He is moving to Los Angeles this summer to pursue a career in commercial and film music. He is a 2009 graduate of Gatesville High School.
The two were accompanied on the piano by Jeffrey Arnold, who grew up in Gatesville, left in 1977 for a worldwide career as a classical pianist, returned to Gatesville in 2009 and established the Jeffrey Arnold Foundation.
“I have been working on the foundation for about 11 years,” Arnold said. “There are just not enough scholarships to assist young musicians. It takes all hands on deck to help parents who have a talented child meet the added expenses of music lessons, college, clothes for concerts.”
Although the festival series concerts are free, contributions from concert-goers have raised several thousand dollars.
“We pass the hat,” Arnold said. “People are more generous if they are not restricted to the price of a ticket.”
Next year, the foundation will have its first scholarship competition, Arnold said. Funds generated by the concert series and contributions to the foundation will provide scholarships for graduating high school seniors to pursue careers in music.