Endowed Merit ScholarshipsÂ â€” $100,000 and above
Our highest funding priority, competitive scholarship packages forÂ prospective students enable us to successfully recruit and supportÂ talented young artists. These named merit scholarships provideÂ partial tuition support and can either be designated or used forÂ general music scholarship support. Endowed funds can provide anÂ enduring gift to honor a loved one or special faculty member.
Principal Orchestral ChairsÂ â€” $500,000 each
The Shepherd Schoolâ€™s finest students are appointed to a principal orchestral chair for each of its six symphony orchestra concerts.Â Principal chair endowments will provide scholarship support for these students. Six orchestral chairs are available for naming: viola, flute,Â trumpet, clarinet, double bass and percussion.
Endowed Graduate FellowshipsÂ - $750,000 each
These named distinguished fellowships, which provide a full-tuition scholarship plus stipend, are awarded to the top students in theÂ Shepherd School who demonstrate the most promise for having a significant career in music. They will be used to attract the mostÂ uniquely gifted graduate students to the school.
Ensemble Touring ProgramÂ â€” $2,000,000
With success from two East Coast tours including performances at New York Cityâ€™s Carnegie Hall, the Shepherd School aspires to establishÂ a regular touring component involving both large and small ensembles. AmericanÂ destinations as well as venues abroadÂ will provide ourÂ students with vital experience and enhance public awareness of the excellence of our programs.
Career Development EndowmentÂ - $2,000,000
Participating in auditions,Â competitionsÂ and festivals is an essential step in preparing for a successful musical career. Our named careerÂ development endowment provides funds for these critical activities so that our students can concentrate on musical preparation ratherÂ than financial concerns.
Endowed ProfessorshipsÂ â€” $2.5 million to $4 million
Since music students generally make their decision to attendÂ based on the faculty member with whom they will study, it isÂ essential for the Shepherd School to recruit and retain the highestÂ caliber of faculty. Endowed professorships representing a wideÂ range of instrumental, vocal and academic areas are available forÂ naming ($2.5 million), or new professorships may be created inÂ targeted areas of the schoolâ€™s program ($4 million).
Distinguished Guest Artist ResidenciesÂ â€”Â $2 million
These named funds will allow the ShepherdÂ School to invite many of the greatestÂ instrumentalists, singers, pedagogues,Â language coaches, stage directors and setÂ designers to the school on an annual basisÂ and to forge ongoing and consistent educational experiences for our emerging young professional instrumentalists and singers.
Endowed Funds for Excellence in OperaÂ - $1 million minimum
Named funds for excellence in opera will provide critical support toÂ enhance all aspects of the Shepherd Schoolâ€™s operaticÂ performances, from set and lighting design to costumes, vocalÂ coaching and dramatic training.
Endowed Fund for Pianos and InstrumentsÂ - $1 million
This important named fund will provideÂ resources to purchase and rent pianos and specialized instruments and to repair and maintain Rice-owned instruments.Â
Grand Organ EndowmentÂ - $250,000
One of the finest organs in the country, the Edythe Bates Old Grand Organ (Fisk-Rosales) was installed at The Shepherd School in 1996.Â This named fund will support the annual maintenance of the organ and any significant repairs.Â
Endowment donors may designate a specific period of time over which their gift will be fulfilled, generally between one and five years.Â Endowments may also be created through a will or estate plan. Gifts of stock or other appreciated assets may provide greater tax benefitsÂ over check/cash. For more information, please contact Rosemary Price, Office of Development, atÂ email@example.comÂ or 713-348-4992.
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