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Music Conservatory Celebrates $25,000 Grant Awarded to UE Opera

Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2023

The University of Evansville (UE) Music Conservatory is delighted to announce that UE Opera has been awarded a generous $25,000 grant from the William E. Schmidt Foundation.

The grant encompasses funding for the Schmidt Opera Series, a vital component of UE Opera's productions held on campus. It will also contribute to the Schmidt Opera Collaborative, a community outreach and education program designed to engage and inspire residents in the tri-state area.

"We are profoundly grateful to the William E. Schmidt Foundation for their support of UE Opera," said Dr. Alanna Keenan, Associate Professor of Music. "The funding will bring support to our commitment to advancing music education and cultural enrichment."

Under the artistic direction of Dr. Keenan, with additional guidance from Dr. Dennis Malfatti and Dr. Gregory Rike, UE Opera has established itself as a dynamic force in the world of opera. This grant will empower the program to continue its legacy of excellence, providing invaluable opportunities for students and fostering an appreciation for the arts within the community.

In addition to supporting on-campus productions and community outreach, the grant will facilitate the continuation of the Community Conservatory Study Grants. This initiative ensures that area students, who may otherwise lack access to private study, can benefit from music lessons, further enriching their musical education.

The William E. Schmidt Foundation's commitment to supporting the arts aligns seamlessly with The Music Conservatory's mission to cultivate a vibrant and inclusive cultural community. This partnership will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on the artistic landscape of the region.

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