Dr Conroy Cupido visited the USA towards the end of February to perform in the 25th Annual Benefit Concert of the Bruce R. Foote Memorial Scholarship Foundation in Dallas, Texas. Scholarships are awarded to students in the Graduate and Artist Certificate Programmes at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and are chosen on the basis of talent, career potential, scholarship and financial need. Dr Cupido was the recipient of an award from the Foundation during his postgraduate studies in the USA.
Bruce R. Foote chaired the voice faculty of the University of Illinois from 1933 to 1970. With his family of six children, Bruce and his wife Doris, also a singer, were widely recognized for their television appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show, This Is Music and the Foote Family Folio, which was presented on television from 1953 to 1955. He was a principal bass baritone with the Chicago Opera Company for many years.
Previous recipients of this award who also performed during the concert were Bronwen Forbay, Christian Bester, Patrick Tikolo and John Holiday.