Dec 18, 2013
Dec. 18, 2013
Gift to fund music scholarships, program development and a music professorship
SALT LAKE CITY -
Westminster announces a generous $1.2 million gift from the Florence J. Gillmor Foundation to support the college's music program during the next six years. The funds will be used to support music scholarships, program development and a music professorship for the college.
The foundation, named in honor of Florence J. Gillmor, a 1938 Westminster music graduate who passed away in 2009, has supported the Westminster music program for many years. Gillmor's generosity has made the dreams of many performers, like Westminster sophomore Nicole La Count, possible.
"The moment I was awarded a Gillmor scholarship, I knew that I was being given the opportunity of a lifetime to attend Westminster and follow my passion," said La Count, a music major in vocal performance. "I am beyond grateful to have been awarded scholarships that have provided a way for me to grow as a student and musician without constantly worrying about my financial situation."
The gift will provide $600,000 over the next five years for music scholarships for up to 20 outstanding music students annually. An additional $300,000 will be used for the development of the college's music program to enhance operations and student learning opportunities. The final $300,000 will be used to fund the Florence J. Gillmor Music Professorship, which will increase the music department's teaching capacity and recognize exceptional faculty. The first professorship will be filled by Christopher Quinn, director of Music at Westminster. Dr. Quinn began directing the college's music program in 1994, leading the department through remarkable growth.
"We are tremendously honored and appreciative of the foundation's gift to Westminster's music program," said Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, Westminster president. "These funds will help us compete for outstanding student and faculty talent, while also providing more opportunities for students to study music."
Westminster's music program offers a Bachelor of Arts in music
, with both academic and vocal performance emphases, as well as a music minor. The department also offers the following ensembles: Westminster Chorale, Westminster Chamber Singers, Westminster Chamber Orchestra, Westminster Jazz Ensemble, Westminster Opera Studio, Percussion Ensemble, Acappella Choir, and a Chamber Music class. For more information, visit http://www.westminstercollege.edu/music/