Dec 7, 2013 16:08 Pam’s Party Line for April 7, 2013 Pam’s Party Line for April 7, 2013 Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON -- Opera Guild -- Congratulating Robert Grayson, second from left, on his being honored by the Baton Rouge Opera Guild at its March 27 scholarship recital tea at the City Club are, from left, wife Karola Grayson, BROG President Connie Smith and recital chairwoman Pat Felder. Opera Guild scholarship recital an afternoon treat Advocate story Dec. 07, 2013 Comments The week before Easter was a socially slow one, and the Baton Rouge Opera Guild’s annual scholarship recital tea was a nice break. Listening to some of the best voices in LSU’s nationally and internationally recognized opera program perform on a beautiful late afternoon was the perfect end to a busy workday. Opera Guild The program began with Pat Felder, BROG’s second vice president and chairwoman of the recital, honoring Robert Grayson for all he has done for the organization over the years. Grayson is chairman of LSU’s voice/opera division and helped to professionalize the scholarship selection process. BROG President Connie Smith joked that they had to honor Grayson first, since he would be introducing the students and, “as we all know, it’s hard to get the microphone from Robert once he gets it.” Performing to the accompaniment of LSU Opera music director Michael Borowitz were soprano Megan Barrera, recipient of the Dr. and Mrs. Leo Abraham and Alma Lee and H.N. Saurage Jr. scholarships given by Insa Abraham and the Alma Lee & H.N. Saurage Jr. Fund.; tenor Greg Gallagher, recipient of the James Coday Memorial Scholarship given by Judy and William Zollinger, Gerald Wilcox Memorial Scholarship given by Marlene Wilcox and the scholarship honoring John Turner given by Sue Turner; and lyric-coloratura Jennifer Luqueete, recipient of the Thomas C. Landrum Memorial given by Lillian Landrum; baritone Sean Matassa, recipient of the Dorothy Halphen Kolb and Elaine K. Schudmak memorial scholarships given by Shirley and R.L. Bergeron and Susan and Feltus Leake, and Ann Keogh, respectively. Also, mezzo soprano Chelsea Miller, recipient of the Polly and John Hernandez Fund established by Susan Dawson, Pauline Bondy Hernandez Fund established by John Hernandez, Katharine O. Dunham Memorial Fund and Baton Rouge Opera Guild Member Scholarship, all given by BROG soprano Penelope Shumate, recipient of the Joseph Dawson Jr., Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship, given by Susan Dawson; soprano Carline Waugh, recipient of the Ernest A. Gueymard Memorial Scholarship, given by Anne G. Shirley and Davis Gueymard. Greek Gala LSU’s Greek community hosted its ninth annual Greek Gala March 14 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center. The honorees were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in their communities, professions or fraternity/sorority. Sorority honorees included Lauren Perry, Phi Mu; Tiffany N. Carter, Delta Sigma Theta; Margo Tauzier May, Zeta Tau Alpha; April Palombo Setliff, Kappa Kappa Gamma; Johnnie Hunt Bond, Pi Beta Phi; Kathryn Trick Mount, Kappa Alpha Theta; Jo Cline Emmert, Chi Omega; and Marla H. Warner, Delta Delta Delta. Fraternity honorees included Jim Ragland, Theta Xi; Rick Frost, Sigma Chi; Billy Treadway III, Delta Kappa Epsilon; Mario Jaramillo, Pi Kappa Alpha; Jay Montalbano, Kappa Alpha Order; Dr. Michael Hiller, Sigma Nu; Shirl E. Gilbert II, Phi Beta Sigma; Denny Bond, Sigma Phi Epsilon; Glenn Bryant, Alpha Gamma Rho; Jeff Springmeyer, Kappa Sigma; Steve Maher, Lambda Chi Alpha; John Ward, Phi Delta Theta; John Delgado, Pi Kappa Alpha; and Mel Percy, Acacia Fraternity. Items for “Pam’s Party Line” and “Scenes from Around Town” must be received by 9 a.m. the Monday preceding the run date. Digital photos should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; hard copy photos should be dropped off at or mailed to The Advocate, 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70821. Events will run no later than four weeks after they have taken place. The date, place of the event and a contact name and phone number must be included. Photos may not include more than nine people and will be used on a space-available basis. Hard copy photos can be picked up in the lobby of The Advocate for up to three months after they run. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.