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UE Music Conservatory Receives $1.9 Million Gift


Donation will fund three music areas at UE

The University of Evansville has received a $1.9 million gift for its music conservatory. WNIN’s John Gibson reports:

The donation is from the Nancy Shepard Estate, with the money designated to three separate areas of the conservatory.

In a release, UE said it will fund 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.

Nancy Shepard hailed from southern Illinois and attended Evansville College for elementary education.

Halfway through college, she decided to change her major and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education in 1968.

After marrying her husband, she earned a Master of Arts in 1971 and spent the next three decades of her career as a band director for schools, instilling a love of music in thousands of students.

In the release, UE said it’s “extremely grateful” for the gift.