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A Note of Thanks

Posted by on Thursday, March 1, 2012 in Articles, Spring 2012.

Thank You
(From left) Mark Wait, Martha Rivers Ingram Dean’s Chair and professor of music; Rebecca Boelzner and Jason Gnasigamany, recipients of the Wilma Ward Scholarship, endowed during Shape the Future; and Chris Teal, Joseph Joachim Professor of Violin.

Musicians know that without the help of arts patrons, there would be no music to fill concert halls and teach the next generation of music students. At the Blair School of Music, the support of so many in our community—alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends—contributed to the enormous success of Vanderbilt’s Shape the Future campaign. The campaign secured more than $1.9 billion across the institution in an historic initiative focused primarily on investing in people through scholarships and endowed faculty chairs throughout the university.

We at Blair would like to say thank you.

Through Shape the Future, donors supported the creation of four faculty chairs at the Blair School: the Martha Rivers Ingram Dean’s Chair to Dean Mark Wait; the Chancellor’s Chair to Roland Schneller, professor of piano; the Joseph Joachim Chair in Violin to Chris Teal, professor of violin; and the Valere Blair Potter Chair to Connie Heard, professor of violin. Ten students receive aid as a result of scholarships endowed during Shape the Future.

Thank you, also, for your contributions that have supported Blair’s educational programs, community outreach programs and a concert season that provides the Nashville community with some of the most enduring and entertaining performances and master classes available in any city in the United States.

Ongoing support for scholarships continues

More than 62 percent of undergraduates at Vanderbilt receive financial assistance. For Blair undergraduates, that number increases to 91 percent. Through your generosity, gifts through Opportunity Vanderbilt support the university’s commitment to expand financial aid. With your support and that of others committed to arts education, Blair will continue its role in advancing some of the best musicians and arts educators to be heard at Vanderbilt and beyond.