The Arts Society’s 18th Annual Evening of A Cappella 8 p.m. Saturday at the Williams Center for the Arts showcases music by five Lafayette student-led vocal ensembles, plus guest groups from other schools.

One of the recipients of ticket income is the newly established J. Larry Stockton Scholarship, which supports private music lessons through the Department of Music. Announced at last week’s Percussion Ensemble concert, the scholarship fund is the result of almost 20 years of fundraising by the Lafayette College Arts Society plus gifts from alumni and friends.

Scholarship recipients, to be chosen by the Lafayette Arts Alumni Network through blind applications, will not be required to enroll in lessons for academic credit, perform with a Music Department ensemble, or be a music major or minor. Both the Arts Society and Arts Alumni Network emphasize the joy of creativity and the importance of the arts for all people, seeking to encourage creative exploration through the scholarship.

“Doc” Stockton is the scholarship’s namesake because of his ongoing support for the Arts Society, the positive effect he’s had on generations of Lafayette students, and his encouragement of musicians of all ages and skill levels to make music just for the fun of it.

The concert’s other beneficiaries are the Daniel P. O’Neil ’06 Memorial Fund, which supports senior projects in engineering (in honor of Dan, an Arts Society leader); and Friends of Lafayette A Cappella, which supports the students ensembles’ special projects, such as touring and recording.

Tickets are $3 for Lafayette students, $5 for Lafayette employees and other students, and $10 for the public, and may be purchased at the Williams Center box office or at

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