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Philanthropic Priorities

Dream Big

Despite being a young school, Blair’s rise has been rapid—thanks in part to our distinctive approach to music education. Housed in a top-15 university, we combine a rigorous, conservatory-level music education and a liberal arts environment. But perhaps more than anything, it is our collegiality that distinguishes Blair, lifting up faculty and students through a culture where success is celebrated by all.

As an important friend who understands the value of great music education, we invite you to invest in our growth. What transformations can we spur today so that Blair students can grow their aspirations into reality?

Photo of Jacob Beranek

JACOB BERANEK


Class of 2021

Anne Potter Wilson Honor Scholarships

Potter College Student Opportunity Fund

Jacob Beranek is a typical Blair student—if typical could mean precociously accomplished. Beranek wrote his first composition at age 8 and was winning music competitions by age 11.

He anticipated attending a classic conservatory in the northeast. However, the care and renown of Vanderbilt’s professors and students alike—and his scholarship support—drew Beranek to Blair.

“The talent and dedication of everyone here is astounding, and there are extraordinary opportunities open to undergraduates. The culture at Blair is supportive, even as it is incredibly demanding,” Beranek says.

Points of Pride

800 ENROLLED IN OUR PRECOLLEGE AND ADULT PROGRAMS ranging from infants to retirees
4 TO 1 STUDENT TO FACULTY RATIO
35 PERCENT OF STUDENTS IDENTIFY AS AN UNDER-REPRESENTED MINORITY
A QUARTER OF STUDENTS PURSUE A SECOND MAJOR OR MINOR in another field at Vanderbilt

Our Priorities

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships help Blair attract the student musicians that are needed to build an orchestra and vibrant teaching studios.

While one year we may need an oboist and three violinists, the next we year we may need a cellist and bassoonist—and scholarships ensure we are able to compete with top music schools and conservatories for these young musicians. With 92 percent of our students receiving some form of financial assistance, scholarships help students avoid the burden of debt, leaving them free to pursue their interests without constraints.

INSTRUMENTAL GUEST ARTISTS AND MASTER TEACHERS

Guest artists provide stellar performances for the entire Nashville community as well as unique opportunities for indepth, one-on-one study for Blair students.

Blair has been fortunate to invite such internationally acclaimed guest artists as collaborative pianists Warren Jones and Roger Vignoles, violinist Isabelle Faust, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, and the ensemble So- Percussion. Through an endowed gift to the voice program, we already host some of the great voices of the world, including Renée Fleming, Audra McDonald, Eric Owens, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson and others. We envision a similarly robust instrumental guest artist program at Blair, which will give instrumental students the opportunity to observe and study with some of the greatest musicians of our time. These renowned guest artists affect our students far beyond their time at Blair, and they bring greater visibility to Blair through performances that will enrich the wider community.

POST-MASTER’S PROGRAM

The Blair School is in the planning stages of launching a graduate-level artist diploma designed for selected instrumentalists and singers who are entering the music profession.

This two-year program would prepare musicians in musical and entrepreneurial skills that will enhance and enrich their careers as soloists, opera directors and chamber musicians.

ANNUAL GIVING

We rely on our dedicated supporters to help grow Blair’s outstanding music program.

In particular, annual giving provides the school with the flexibility to meet immediate needs as they arise. By making an annual gift, you fund priorities such as student immersive travel as well as the expansion of new programs.

PLANNED GIFTS

Planned gifts, including bequests and life income gifts, help you meet your financial and charitable goals while supporting Blair.

Former Vanderbilt Trustee and Chairman David K. “Pat” Wilson, BA’41, made a generous $8 million bequest which endowed the Anne Potter Wilson Honor Scholarship. The fund honors the memory of Mr. Wilson’s late wife and allows Blair to attract the very best undergraduate musical talent.

“Performing music is complex. It means working together as equals, listening to other views and interpretations, adjusting and compromising for the sake of a superior artistic performance. That is good training for life itself. At the Blair School of Music, we excel because collaboration is at the heart of everything we do—in our art, our community and with each other. At Blair, we are not merely training musicians. We are creating better citizens.”

– Mark Wait, Martha Rivers Ingram Dean’s Chair, Blair School of Music

Financial Snapshot

How Blair's $55.3 million endowment is used

How Blair's $55.3 million endowment is used

Endowment Peer Comparison

Endowment peer comparison

For more information about how you can join us in strengthening Blair’s future, please call (615) 322-7650 or contact BlairDAR@vanderbilt.edu.