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Music Student at DePauw is Youngest Ever Selected for Millay Colony

November 3, 1993

November 3, 1993, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw University sophomore Neil Rabaut of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the youngest person ever selected to attend the prestigious Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York. The 19-year-old DePauw music student will spend December at the artists colony after being selected by the Millay Colony's application committee of distinguished artists.

For his application, Rabaut submitted two of his compositions, Symphonic March that was premiered in March by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Duet for Oboe and English Horn. Rabaut will join two painters and two writers at the colony during December, and they will devote themselves to special projects. Rabaut's project is to begin writing another composition intended for orchestra and to be entered in competitions.

Usually, only artists in the prime of their careers are accepted for a stay at the Millay Colony, so it is of exceptional note that Rabaut has earned the opportunity as a sophomore. The Colony will provide Rabaut with a studio and cover his expenses.

At DePauw, Rabaut works closely with David L. Ott (pictured at right), 63886associate professor of music and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence. 

The Millay Colony is a memorial to Edna St. Vincent Millay, renowned American poet and playwright.

A 1992 graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Rabaut is the son of Louis Charles and Lynn Marie Rabaut, 1071 Cherrywood Lane, N.E., Grand Rapids.

Founded in 1837, DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., is a selective coeducational, liberal arts university with nationally recognized academic programs. Fortune magazine in 1990 ranked DePauw 11th among all colleges and universities in the nation in terms of the likelihood that its graduates will become chief executive officers of top American companies. DePauw ranks 10th in the nation among private liberal arts colleges and universities as the baccalaureate source for Ph. D. degrees in all fields, according to a 1986 survey by Franklin and Marshall College.

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