Anonymous $50,000 Gift Revitalizes Music Department Equipment, Library

UD ChoraleA $50,000 gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous has provided the Music Department with an opportunity to expand dramatically their library of sheet music, CDs and DVDs, in addition to purchasing new music stands and audio equipment.

The gift kept on giving, in fact, allowing the Music Department to take students from both the History of Opera class and the vocal and chamber ensembles to the Dallas Opera's fall 2013 production of "Carmen."

"The students were also given a backstage tour following the performance," said Kristin Van Cleve, Music Department chair. "The evening was an amazing and compelling experience for the students."

The gift has also enabled the Music Department to support faculty performances, such as Adjunct Professor Andrey Ponochevny's piano recital in October, and to bring guest artists to campus for concerts. Last September featured the historical performance ensemble Texas Camerata and British countertenor Ryland Angel for a concert titled "Portraits of Mary." The concert was part of the Monuments of Western Music series, which brings great vocal and instrumental music from the Western tradition to UD once a semester.

The Music Department at UD offers a concentration, as well as classes in theory and history and applied lessons in voice, piano, violin and cello performance. The department ensures the presence of music on campus through numerous formal and informal concerts.

PHOTO: UD Chorale, a student a cappella group, regularly sings the Sunday evening Mass in the Church of the Incarnation.

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