Helen Elbert Scholarship

With the recent passing of Mrs. Helen Elbert, a scholarship fund has been established. The Helen Elbert Scholarship Fund will assist students in their pursuit of musical knowledge.  Students who are interested in applying for the scholarship can click on the link below for the handbook for scholarship applicants.

We also encourage all music students to also apply for the R. Don Cowan Scholarship, as one of the most generous.  Applicant can reapply yearly for $5,000.  Go to link below.

East Texas Communities Foundation Scholarship Handbook


If you would like to make a donation to the Helen Elbert Scholarship Fund, please click the Link below and then click Donate.  Make sure to select the Helen Elbert Scholarship Fund under “Select Fund” on the Donate Page.

East Texas Communities Foundation

Helen Elbert Chamber Music Festival

The Helen Elbert Chamber Music Festival is a tribute to emeritus member Mrs. Helen Elbert.  The chamber music festival was created for the fun of musicians playing together and is open to both students and area musicians.

The 2019 Festival included a workshop with Dr. Jani Parsons of Baylor, a special presentation on Writing Original Compositions for Chamber Music by Dr. Kyle Gullings of UT Tyler and concluded with a concert held at First Presbyterian Church.  The concert was a great success and included an original composition by a local composer. It was a fantastic tribute to Mrs. Elbert.

If you would like to watch the 2019 concert, please click the following link:  Helen Elbert Chamber Music Festival