Wichita State organ scholarship/fellowship

August 1, 2021
Marcussen organ, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
Marcussen organ, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

The Wichita State University Foundation, Wichita, Kansas, has announced a new organ scholarship/fellowship established by Dr. Robert “Kent” Nelson to be included as a gift to benefit Wichita State University in his estate plans. Nelson’s legacy gift to the organ program will be a combination of his nine-foot Steinway grand piano, his three-manual Allen organ, and a cash gift to create a student support fund for undergraduate and graduate students studying organ, the Kent Nelson Scholarship for Organ.

Nelson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, his Master of Music degree from University of Wichita (not yet Wichita State University), and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, all with an emphasis in organ. He served on the faculty of San Jacinto College near Houston, Texas, for 29 years, teaching piano, organ, and various music courses.

This fund was established out of an appreciation held by Nelson for his experiences at WSU and his interest in supporting future students studying organ at the university. Lynne Davis is Robert L. Town Distinguished Professor of Organ at WSU.

For information: wichita.edu.

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