Northwestern grad shares love of music through scholarship

April 9, 2012 -- “I love music, but I’m not talented,” Joe Shirley said, humbly if not honestly. “Music was how I got rid of stress.” For Shirley, a 1970 English graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, music was an escape. Born and raised in Alva, he fondly recalls his five years playing the French horn in the Northwestern band, marching and adding pep at ball games.