Current and prospective students and patrons of the USM School of Music, the only School of Music at a public university in New England, will be the beneficiaries of a $1 million bequest from the estate of Anne Randolph Henry.
“It’s a visionary gift,” said USM President Theo Kalikow, “because it allows us, year after year in perpetuity, to offer scholarships and to enhance the school’s programming.”
“This bequest comes at a critically important time in the 50-plus year history of the school,” said School of Music Director and Associate Professor Scott Harris. “It sends a message that this school matters in terms of educating first-class music performers and educators, and it makes a statement in terms of the school’s contributions to the region’s vibrant arts community.”
According to the stipulations of the family trust established to manage the bequest, three-fifths of the annual payout from the $1 million endowed bequest will fund music scholarships, with the remainder supporting music programming.
Anne Randolph Henry’s daughter, Anne Stanley of Cumberland, said it was her mother’s love of music and a desire to give back to her community that compelled her to establish the bequest. The idea of the gift came to her mother during her service on the School of Music Advisory Board, said Stanley. Henry, a resident of Falmouth, died in March of 2011 at the age of 91.
The USM School of Music offers its nearly 200 majors undergraduate degrees in performance, music education, jazz studies and piano pedagogy. Professional training at the master's level is offered in composition, conducting, music education, jazz studies, and performance.
More than 100 concerts and events are presented each academic year at the School’s home in Corthell Hall, Gorham and at venues throughout the region.
The School also is home to the USM Youth Ensembles, often cited as one of the largest and finest such youth music programs of its kind. Hundreds of young musicians participate each year.
Graduates of the School of Music are performers and educators throughout Maine and the nation.
“She loved music; it was part of her life,” said Stanley when discussing her mother’s gift to the School of Music. So was education. After her husband’s death, Henry decided to complete her college studies. She entered USM and graduated in 1971 with a degree in psychology.
“It shows what kind of person she was,” said her daughter. “Education was important to her. At that time, it was ground breaking for someone in her 50s to return to college. She enjoyed it.”
More information on making a planned gift to the University of Southern Maine is available at USM Giving