School of Arts creates memorial scholarship

The N.C. School of the Arts has established the Joshua Ray Hudson Memorial Endowed Scholarship to commemorate a voice student who died May 9.

Hudson, a native of Dunn, graduated from high school at the School of the Arts in Winston-Salem in 2001 and will receive a bachelor of music degree from the school posthumously during graduation ceremonies June 3.

Hudson was 22 when he died in a car wreck in Winston-Salem.

A tenor, he performed in several productions by the Fletcher Opera Institute and recently was selected to perform with The Open Dream Ensemble, an initiative of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts.

A memorial concert, to be held May 18 at 7 p.m., will be open to the public and sponsored jointly by the School of Music at the N.C. School of the Arts and by Centenary United Methodist Church, where Hudson was a choir member.

To donate to the memorial scholarship fund, email

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