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Dean’s Circle

Many gifts to Shenandoah Conservatory are designated for specific programs or projects. While these gifts make a tremendous impact, they do not allow conservatory leadership to respond swiftly when presented with exciting new opportunities that require additional funding. Membership in the Dean’s Circle provides unrestricted critical funds that enable us to meet unanticipated needs and seize opportunities as they arise. This kind of flexibility is vitally important in building our national profile and shaping the ultimate direction of the conservatory.

Since its beginning in 2016, the Dean’s Circle has funded 81 Student Development Grants, 46 Faculty Initiatives/Innovation Entrepreneurship Grants, and launched the highly acclaimed ShenCoLAB (originally known as Student Performance Week)! Join the Dean’s Circle with an annual gift of $1,000 or greater and you will enjoy access to exclusive events and special opportunities to interact with conservatory leadership, students, faculty and guest artists during the performance season.

“Collaborating with other artists leads us to make creative decisions we wouldn’t make by ourselves. Student Performance Week allowed us five life-changing days to focus our time and energy on a project that has added immense value to our education.” — Andy Herring, ’18, ’19


$10,000 Visionary
$5,000 Creator
$2,500 Enthusiast
$1,000 Member


  • Two invitations to exclusive Dean’s Circle signature events throughout the performance season
  • Two invitations to meet-the-artist events with Shenandoah Conservatory students, faculty and guest artists
  • Name recognition on the Conservatory Performs website
  • Bring-a-Friend Benefit — one pair of tickets for a Shenandoah Conservatory music, theatre, or dance ensemble performance (not valid for guest artist performances or Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre)




Mr. & Mrs. Andrew U. Ferrari
Will & Libby Ingham


Ms. Amy Fielder


Dr. Peter G. Bullough
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce E. Hunter
Dr. J. Thomas Mitts & Dr. W. Dudley Oakes


Mr. & Mrs. Dale M. Barley
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey S. Bell
Ms. Rebecca A. Bowman
Ms. Judith L. Britcher & Dr. Patrick McDermott
Mr. & Mrs. Douglas C. Brown, Sr.
Mr. & Mrs. J. Jette Campbell
John D. Copenhaver & Marsha A. Childs
Doctors Laura Dabinett & Russell McKelway
Ms. Clare Monahan Dame
Ms. Kathleen Diamond & Mr. Robert Beckwith
Dr. & Mrs. William W. Ellis
Dr. Tracy Fitzsimmons & Mr. J. Knox Singleton
Ms. April A. Gannon
Mrs. Shirley H. Gaunt
Ms. Susanne S. Jackson
Dr. & Mrs. James C. Laidlaw
Marjorie & John Lewis
Melanie & Perry Mathewes
Col. & Mrs. Bernard E. McDaniel

Eleanor Pendleton Monahan
Dr. & Mrs. Stuart A. Monroe
Mr. Kunduck Moon
Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell L. Moore
Dr. & Mrs. William M. Murray
Mr. & Mrs. Neese
Mr. & Mrs. David Reith
Mrs. Jeannette K. Rinehart
Dr. Timothy J. & Mrs. Carolyn Robblee
Dr. & Mrs. Timothy E. Roberts
Mary Potter Robinson
Dr. Ryan D. Romine & Dr. Byron A. Jones
Dr. Michael Stepniak & Dr. Anne Schempp
Col. & Mrs. Thomas D. Stouffer
Mr. & Mrs. Michael S. Tanguay
Mr. & Mrs. John A. Taylor
Dr. Ryuji Ueno
Dr. David Allen White
Mr. & Mrs. James R. Wilkins, Jr.


Dr. & Mrs. Lionel D. Chisholm
Ms. Inger Heindl Coopchik
Mrs. Ruann N. George
Mr. & Mrs. Gerald P. McCarthy
Ms. Beverly J. Scheuring
Mrs. Theron K. Rinehart


Shenandoah University is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.