Dr. Brian Bowman Euphonium Endowed Scholarship
Endowment details: $15,000 Initial Investment | $5,000 - $15,000 Additional Matching Investments
Celebrating the inspiration and retirement of Dr. Brian Bowman, an anonymous donor has given $15,000 to the University of North Texas Euphonium Studio to set up an endowed scholarship. The donor also promises to match additional donations up to another $15,000. Anyone studying in the euphonium studio is eligible and the first scholarship will be given in the 2018-2019 school year.
Prior to his retirement in August 2018, Dr. Bowman made a huge impact on all those who have passed through the UNT euphonium studio, and this scholarship will impact the the lives of future euphonium students. There are two ways to contribute to the Dr. Bowman Endowed Scholarship:
Donation by check
Payable to: UNT Foundation
Memo Line: Bowman Endowed Scholarship
Mail to: College of Music Development
1155 Union Circle, #311367
Denton, TX 76203-5017
OR make your donation online by visiting the Bowman Scholarship website
Larry Roark Endowment
An extraordinary gift to assist student musicians in the study of an unusual musical instrument was one woman's way to honor her late husband, a musician who loved his euphonium. Sara Neal Eskew gave the University of North Texas College of Music $150,000 to establish the Larry Roark Euphonium Scholarship through the UNT Foundation.
"The family wanted to support the program here because it is unique," said Brian Bowman, the College of Music's euphonium instructor and brass coordinator. 'This may be the only euphonium endowment in the world.'
Eskew's spouse, Larry Roark, graduated cum laude from UNT in 1978 and pursued graduate studies before he was host of the overnight show at NPR's Austin affiliate, KUT. A consummate musician, Roark performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Creative Opportunity Orchestra, the Austin Klezmorim, the Vacillating Discombobulators, the B.L. La Cerda group and a number of others. Early in his career he even played his euphonium for the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus and served on the staff of Texas Woman's University. In 1989, Roark founded the Music of the Spheres®, a company that manufactures perfectly tuned wind chimes. Today those chimes are sold nationwide. Read Larry Roark's full bio on his company's website.