Park University's International Center for Music has received a $25,000 donation from a woman whose family included Park music department graduates and faculty.
|Stanislav Ioudenitch, left, accepts a check for $25,000 from Fritz Swischer.|
The gift was from the estate of Maurine Rader Summerfield, who passed away in April. Her nephew, Fritz Swischer, recently presented the gift to Stanislav Ioudenitch, executive director of the ICM and Youth Conservatory for Music, and the 2001 Van Cliburn gold medalist.
According to Swischer, his great-grandfather, the Rev. Thomas Dodd Roberts, was in the first graduating class of Park; his grandfather, violinist Claude Rader, was the first music director at Park; and his father, violinist Harold Swischer, was the first person to graduate with a degree in music from Park.
"On behalf of my great-grandfather and my grandfather, my brothers, Nick and Tony Swischer, we are honored to be able to donate this gift from our aunt to the very distinguished and extraordinarily talented music department at Park University," Fritz Swischer said.
"Further, Mr. Rader’s piano accompanist and wife, Park graduate Olive Roberts Rader (Roberts' daughter) was the mother of two more Park graduates: our mother, pianist Doris Rader Swischer, and our aunt, soprano Mrs. Nelson Summerfield," he added.
Swischer, who studied clarinet and piano in college, is now in semi-retirement but continues to give private lessons and teach English as a second language.
"We are so grateful that Maurine Rader Summerfield chose the International Center for Music at Park University as a beneficiary of her generosity. Park has a long history of excellence in music education and we thank Mr. Swischer and members of the family for their commitment to our music department and its continued success,” said Laurie McCormack, vice president for University advancement at Park.
The ICM was established at Park University to foster the exchange of master teacher/performers, renowned young musicians and programs from countries across the globe. Its students and faculty continue to garner critical acclaim and awards internationally for their talents and performances.
A fundraising concert for the ICM will be held Friday, Dec. 11, at the Folly Theater in Kansas City, Mo., featuring a performance by the Park Piano Trio. The Trio consists of Ioudenitch, violinist Ben Sayevich, professor of music; and cellist Martin Storey, assistant professor of music.
For more information about the gift, contact McCormack at (816) 584-6210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.