The Shepherd Society

The Shepherd Society plays a significant role in maintaining the exceptionally high level of music performance and academic excellence that has been a hallmark of The Shepherd School of Music since its founding in 1975. Shepherd Society members provide essential scholarship support, allowing our students to pursue their studies without financial encumbrance. These gifts are integral to all we do and especially to the students’ development as musicians and eventually as artistic ambassadors in Houston and beyond.

Become part of The Shepherd Society

Basic Benefits for All Members

• Invitations to all 2013-2014 Shepherd Society events.

• Four concert calendars throughout the academic year.

• Resonance, the Shepherd School’s quarterly e-newsletter.
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Membership Levels

Endowed Scholarship Donor/Lifetime Member – $50,000

Endowed scholarships provide lifetime membership in The Shepherd Society and may be structured over time (up to five years), or established through a planned gift. For more information, contact Diane McOmie, Director of Development, at 713-348-4992 or

Full-tuition Current-use Scholarship Donor – $25,000
Scholarship Donor – $10,000
Grant Donor – $5,000
Award Donor – $2,500
Prize Donor – $1,000

A gift at the Prize Donor level or higher directly benefits a specific Shepherd School student and allows you to follow his or her progress throughout the year and beyond.

Benefactor – $500
Patron – $250
Supporter – $100
Friend – $50
Student and Young Alumni Donor – $25

(open to current students and to young alumni, classes 2008–2013 only.)

You may also send your gift by mail to:

The Shepherd Society
Rice University
The Shepherd School of Music, MS 532
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892