Special Events

Committee Members

Chairman: Tom Fox Averill, professor, English, writer-in-residence

Eric McHenry, assistant professor, English, noted poet

Charles Anthony Silvestri, lecturer, history, acclaimed lyricist

Lee Snook, associate professor, music

Gordon McQuere, professor, music

Judy Soule, alumnae

Judy Coder, alumnae, singer-songwriter

Sesquicentennial Song Competition

Do you write music? Combine your talent and your love for Washburn for a chance to win a $500 cash prize and collaborate professionals. The winner of the musical portion of the song competition will collaborate with Washburn music faculty and others to become part of the University's history.

Anyone, students, employees, alumni and friends of Washburn, is welcome to enter the competition to create a school song honoring our sesquicentennial.

Lyrics have been selected and can be obtained by contacting school.song@washburn.edu. Deadline for submission of music is Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Formal introduction of the new song will occur in conjunction with the university’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2015.

  • Submissions may be electronic in Microsoft Word or on paper.
  • Entrants must submit two copies, one with and one without the author’s name.
  • Multiple submissions from the same author or composer are acceptable, but must be on separate pages.
  • Each submission must be accompanied by a signed paper or electronic entry form.
  • The winning submissions become the property of Washburn University.
  • The committee reserves the right not to name a winner.
  • Entrants who intend to submit music to accompany their own lyrics must submit the music separately to the second competition.
Rules and Deadlines

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2014

Rules and entry form

Watch here for details about the winning lyrics and music.

Submit an entry
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Mail a paper submission to: School Song Project | College of Arts and Sciences | Washburn University | 1700 SW College Ave. | Topeka, KS 66621

Email your submission to school.song@washburn.edu