Monday, June 11, 2012

UNCG Receives Major Gift to Support Music: Music Library to be Named in Honor of Greensboro-born Composer Harold Schiffman

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro announces a $2 million planned gift from Dr. Harold A. Schiffman and Dr. Jane Perry-Camp.  The couple’s gift will provide music scholarships and support the University Libraries, and the Music Library will be named for this gift.  A naming ceremony will take place in September.

Dr. Schiffman was born in Greensboro.  “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, Theater, and Dance.”  

John Deal, Dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at UNCG, 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.”

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