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mitment of $15,000 per year to
be used to support guest artists
and clinicians.
“This is good for the faculty
as well,” Farrell said. “We
get excited when a big name
artist comes to town. Plus, it’s
supplement education for the
students. By bringing in a great
singer or a great trombone
player, we can put on a great
show for the community, the
faculty and even the staff and
student. Everyone benefits from
it.”
The endowed funds are
invested, according to Pete
Kotsiopulos, senior director of
development for the University
of Nebraska Foundation. The
investments will generate about
$30,000 for scholarships from the
Lavern Clark Memorial Music
Scholarship Fund and about
$11,000 for the Gerald Feese
Professorship of Violin Fund.
Farrell sees the university’s
location as a challenge when
it comes to bringing nationally
known classical musicians to
the area.
“We want to let our students
know that we have something
great here, and that we’re going
to bring in professionals,” he
said. “They can’t go out and
hear the Chicago Symphony
unless they go to Chicago, so
this is a good way to give our
students more opportunities
— and to support other great
things that are happening in
Kearney.”
A gift of $25,000 will help
fund the Kearney Symphony
Orchestra’s Young Artist Com-
petition Support Fund for five
years. These funds will be used
for prize money and for travel
expenses for the annual strings
and piano concerto competition.
“We now have a very solid
base of fund-
ing,” Farrell
said. “We’re
in good shape
now. Obviously,
if people notice
that we’re being
given money,
they might
think about giv-
ing money as
well. We’d be
happy to have
these endow-
ments grow,
to be able to
give out larger
scholarships to
more students
and to have out-
standing faculty
and do bigger
and better things.”
Kotsiopulos recognized the
value of the gifts to the depart-
ment.
“It’s incredible when people
have the opportunity to do
things like that,” he said. “Sim-
ply incredible.”
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audiences should expect more
music — and more opportuni-
ties to hear major artists per-
form — as a result of donations
to the department of music and
performing arts.
“The majority of the funds
will be going towards scholar-
ships,” said Tim Farrell, chair
of the department. “We will be
able to offer more scholarships
to more students, in larger
amounts. We’ll be able to build
and continue to support our
program both in quality and in
numbers.”
In May the department
announced it had received an
anonymous gift of $1,080,000.
The Lavern Clark Memorial
Music Scholarship Fund will
receive $730,000 of endowed
funds, providing scholarships
for students studying on any
instrument or voice. Endowed
funds totaling $250,000 will go
to the Gerald Feese Professor-
ship of Violin Fund. That fund
will grant an annual stipend for
a violin professor conducting
research or creative activity.
The real effect will be felt
both by students and by com-
munity members who attend
concerts at UNK.
“We feel that this will be
beneficial to the students and
also make our program stron-
ger,” Farrell said.
Expendable funds include
a grant of $75,000 for UNK
Music Guest Artists and Cli-
nicians Support Fund. These
funds include a five-year com-
DEBORAH FREEDMAN
rehearses with the Kearney Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will benefit from a
$25,000 donation allowing the group to provide $5,000 per year for prize money and travel expenses for the
annual strings and piano concerto competition.
Rick Brown, Kearney Hub file
DEBORAH FREEDMAN
rehearses with the Kearney
Symphony Orchestra.
“...We will be
able to offer more scholarships to more students, in larger
amounts. We’ll be able to build and continue to support our program both in
quality and in numbers.”
Tim Farrell
UNIVERSITY
OF NEBRASKA
at Kearney music
student Justin
Kluver performs
on timpani during
a rehearsal for a
student per-
formance. An
anonymous gift
of $1,080,000
will help create
an endowed fund
for student schol-
arships. “We’ll
be able to build
and continue
to support our
program, both
in quality and in
numbers,” said
Tim Harrell, chair
of the Depart-
ment of Music
and Performing
Arts.
“It’s
incredible
when
people
have the
oppor-
tunity to
do things
like that.
Simply
incredible.”
Pete
Kotsiopulos
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