LINCOLN — An anonymous donor has given the University of Nebraska at Kearney $1.3 million for its Department of Music and Performing Arts.
The surprise gift is to be used for student scholarships, faculty support and other purposes.
When combined with past gifts, the same anonymous donor now has given more than $4.7 million to UNK's music department, officials said.
The latest gift will be used for:
» A $600,000 permanent scholarship endowment for undergraduates studying vocal music. It will be named in honor of Lavern Clark, a longtime Kearney resident and supporter of community arts who died in 2001.
» A $500,000 endowment to help pay the staff pianists who accompany students during performances and other events. The Mildred Lantz MacDonald Collaborative Piano Fund is named in honor of a retired faculty member who taught piano from 1958 to 1985.
» A $100,000 endowment to support the Frahm-Lewis trio, a faculty piano and strings chamber ensemble named in honor of longtime teacher and musician Bettelee Frahm Lewis. The gift will aid the group with expenses such as music purchases, promotion of events and travel.
» An additional $100,000 for a previously established woodwinds scholarship, also named in honor of Lavern Clark.