The University of Evansville has received a $1.9 million gift from the Nancy Shepard Estate that will be used to support the UE Music Conservatory. The university says the funds will be allocated to three areas: the Nancy L. Shepard Endowed Scholarship for Wind and Percussion Students, the O. Wesley Shepard Memorial Scholarship, and the Nancy L. and O. Wesley Shepard Endowed Guest Artist Series.
Shepard attended Evansville College and graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Music Education.
“Our Music Conservatory is tremendously grateful for the generosity of Nancy Shepard and her passion for music that will benefit our students for years to come,” said Ken Steinsultz, co-director of the UE Music Conservatory and director of bands. “We are equipping music educators of the future who will carry on Nancy’s legacy and help generations of students, just as she did in her own career.”
The university says the Nancy L. Shepard Endowed Scholarship for Wind and Percussion Students will provide financial assistance for music education majors pursuing a career as a band director. The O. Wesley Shepard Memorial Scholarship supports students who are clarinet or music education majors and are part of the university band.
The artist series will be used annually to invite guest artists to the school. UE says the artists will work with students in the classroom or through master classes and hold a music performance.