New scholarship to fund college-level music training for Dallas public school students

Posted on: July 7, 2016

“Philanthropists Norma and Donald J. Stone have given $500,000 to endow college scholarships for musically gifted Dallas Independent School District students,” writes Holly Harber in Friday’s (7/1) Dallas Morning News (Texas). “They named the Rogene Russell Scholarship Fund in honor of the founder and artistic director of the Fine Arts Chamber Players, who has been organizing free concerts and in-school music education in North Texas since 1981.… Russell said … ‘With this extraordinary lead gift from the Stones, we will be able to continue nurturing these young musicians at the college level.’ The Dallas Foundation is managing the endowment, and information for applicants will be posted this fall at The winners will be announced early next year. Don Stone is a former chair of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Foundation, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the East Dallas Community School…. ‘Rogene has made us aware that there are musically gifted, highly talented students in Dallas who need mentoring and financial assistance to reach their musical potential,’ Stone said. ‘The fund can provide some of their needed financing each year. Musical genius needs to be supported.’ ”

Posted July 6, 2016