An anonymous donor has given another million dollars to the Department of Music and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
The latest donation brings to nearly six million dollars the total given for the university’s music program by the anonymous donor.
The University of Nebraska Foundation says the money will be divided among a number of UNK programs:
– $730,000 will create a permanent endowment named the Lavern Clark Memorial Music Scholarship to provide annual scholarships for undergraduate music students, named in memory of Lavern Clark, a longtime Kearney resident and patron of community arts.
– $250,000 will create a permanent endowment named the Gerald Feese Professorship of Violin that will fund scholarly research and creative activities of faculty, named in memory of UNK professor Gerald Feese, who also served as director of the Kearney Area Symphony Orchestra for 24 years.
– $75,000 will go to the UNK Music Guest Artists and Clinicians Support Fund to offset the cost of bringing professional guest musical artists to campus.
– $25,000 will go to the Kearney Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition Support Fund to fund a strings and piano competition and provide support to the winners who will perform with the Kearney Symphony Orchestra.
The donation to the music department also supports the University of Nebraska’s current fundraising initiative, Campaign for Nebraska: Unlimited Possibilities, which has surpassed the goal to raise $50 million for UNK. The campaign concludes at the end of the year.