Thursday, August 2, 2012

UNCG Music Library Becomes The Harold Schiffman Music Library

A new name is huge!!  An event to celebrate our new name and our generous benefactors is happening on October 5, 2012 from 4PM - 6PM in the Music Building at UNCG. The building that houses The Harold Schiffman (WOO HOO!) Music Library.  Come on by for the fun if you are around on the 5th.

Here is a photo of Harold from 2005 that accompanied an article written by Barry Miller and posted here and there.  He graciously agreed to let me repost it here.  Thanks, Barry!

The celebration on October 5 will include a world premiere performance of choral music by Harold Schiffman as well as his fanfare.  The unveiling of the name as well as the face lift happening right now in the library itself will also be highlights of the event.  Stay tuned for more details! 

Here is the article:

Harold Schiffman and Jane Perry-Camp have made a $2 million planned gift to UNCG. The university’s music library will be named for Schiffman, a Greensoro-born composer.
The couple’s gift will provide music scholarships and support the University Libraries. A naming ceremony for the music library is planned for September [now October 5].

“During my childhood days,” Schiffman says, “the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now UNCG) was very important, even crucial, to my development as a musician. I attended many concerts and even had some performances of my music there. Now, UNCG has become a home for my musical archive, and I am truly grateful for the wonderful care for it from the staff of the Jackson Library and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.”

John Deal, dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, says, “This generous bequest from Harold Schiffman and Jane Perry-Camp, along with their previous gifts to the Jackson Library, constitute the largest gift to the School of Music, Theatre and Dance since its inception in 2010 and to the School of Music since 2001. The scholarship endowment component will provide financial assistance to hundreds of future music students. It is truly a transformational gift. We are tremendously indebted to Harold and Jane for their generosity.”

Dean of University Libraries Rosann Bazirjian says, “I am thrilled to receive this very generous gift from Dr. Harold Schiffman and Dr. Jane Perry-Camp. The gift will allow the University Libraries to acquire, provide access to and preserve scores, manuscripts, musical collections and other materials of importance to researchers and scholars. We cherish this gift and the opportunities it provides to grow our very special and unique collections that can be shared with students and scholars. To recognize and provide a legacy for their generosity, the Music Library will now be named The Harold Schiffman Music Library. The University Libraries are also the home of the Harold Schiffman Archive and the Egon Wellesz Contemporary Music Archive, both previously given by Harold and Jane.”

Party on, y'all!

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