Jul 22nd, 2009 @ 9:46 am | Author: Doug Anderson
Due to the early closing of the VCSU campus last semester, the Music Hall of Fame Recognition Banquet, originally scheduled for May 9, has been rescheduled for September 19 at the Valley City Town & Country Club. The banquet will honor two outstanding VCSU music alumni: Josephine Wright Rhoades (in memoriam, Class of 1917) and Carole Paulson Flatau (Class of 1960). All VCSU alumni and friends of the university are invited to attend this special event to honor these exceptional women. A social hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. The evening will be filled with memories and stories, celebrating the service of these distinguished individuals to Valley City State University and the musical culture of North Dakota and beyond.

Josephine Wright Rhoades attended the Valley City Normal School, where she later served as Instructor of Piano and accompanist for the department, as well as for nearly every musical group in Valley City. While there, one of her compositions won the 1916 All North Dakota Song Contest. Perhaps Ms. Rhoades' greatest contribution to Valley City State University is her composition of the words and music of VCSU's Alma Mater. She was a member of the Valley City Music Club (an affiliate of the National Federation of Music Clubs), a church musician at Epworth United Methodist Church, and recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from KOVC Broadcasting Company in 1953. She moved to California in the 1960s where she continued to be active in the Methodist Church and as an accompanist. Ms. Wright died at the age of 87, after over 70 years of contributions to the music profession. She was married to Louis D. Rhoades, who taught at VCSU from 1919-1961, and for whom the VCSU Rhoades Science Center was named.

Carole Flatau has had a long and distinguished career in music. Her career began in Valley City where she served as an independent piano teacher and church organist until 1985. She then moved to Florida where she accepted the prestigious positions of Director of Keyboard Publications for Columbia Pictures and later Music Editor at Belwin/CPP and Warner Brothers. In 2000, she returned to Valley City where she now operates an independent music studio, serves as an organist at Epworth United Methodist Church, and is a free-lance editor and composer. She owns her own music publishing company, Noteworthy Publications. Flatau was recognized as the North Dakota Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year in 2002 and as a Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow in 2005. She is nationally recognized as an advocate for traditional American music, including folk songs and patriotic music.

Alumni are encouraged to contact the Department of Music about the criteria for this award and to nominate candidates who meet the criteria for the 2010 Hall of Fame awards. For nomination forms or to make reservations ($30 per person) for the 2009 Music Hall of Fame Banquet, contact Paula Larson in the Department of Music office: paula.larson@vcsu.edu; (701) 845-7272. Payment must be received no later than September 4; tickets will not be available at the door.