A History of the Shepherd School of Music

Scientia Colloquium: Sallie's Gift: The Shepherd School of Music – Beginnings and Evolution

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Anne Schnoebelen, Mullen Professor Emerita of Musicology
McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall


When Sallie Shepherd Perkins entered into an agreement with Rice University to endow the Shepherd School of Music, it was a realization of her lifelong dream and a testament to her love of music. Her gift laid the foundation from which one of the nation’s premier music schools has grown and flourished, preparing young musicians to succeed in the world of classical music and beyond.

"From its early days in the basement of Sewall Hall, the Shepherd School has developed into one of the premier music schools in America. As one of the founding faculty, I will outline the pre-history of the school from the initial gift of Sallie Shepherd Perkins to its actual opening in 1975 and go on to discuss the problems faced in the early years, the contributions of its deans, and the successes that have brought the school to its present outstanding reputation."