Earlier this year, Charlotte Concerts announced an endowment for the Charlotte Concerts Legacy Fund at Queens. This endowment will bring internationally known classical musicians to Queens’ newly opened Sandra Levine Theatre, while continuing to foster music education.



A $1,500 Arts at Queens membership includes two tickets with priority seating for all four Spotlight Series performances, parking in an adjacent lot, a members-only reception before each performance and recognition in the printed program, as well as an invitation to the annual Arts at Queens preview party and exclusive engagement opportunities with performers throughout the year.


A biology professor at Queens from 1966 to 2005, Virginia Martin, PhD, (left), bequeathed Queens more than $400,000 for science scholarships upon her death in 2017. During her time at Queens, Martin was elected chair of the biology department and chair of the natural science and mathematics department, and she also served on numerous committees. Martin was named faculty emerita by the university’s board of trustees when she retired from teaching. In addition, Rose March Daniel ’79 (right)

gave more than $100,000 for scholarships upon her death in 2019. Daniel graduated summa cum laude from Queens and later worked at the university. She also served as president of the Queens Alumni Association, president of the Friends of the Library and was a member of the board of trustees for several years. In 1994, Daniel was given the Alumni Service Award. Queens is grateful for the dedication and generosity of these two inspiring women.

or groups as part of the Arts at Queens Spotlight Series at the Gambrell Center. With funding for more robust, premiere programs, McNelis hopes more students will be enticed to come to Queens to study music and arts programs. Te legacy fund also gives Queens’ music students the

opportunity to meet top-tier classical musicians and glean advice as to how to build their careers. “Any musicians who come to town will spend time with students who are mastering music as their craft,” McNelis said.

Another compelling component of the Charlotte Concerts endowment is the Charlotte Concerts Legacy Scholarship Fund

that awards at least one Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools student a $5,000-per-year music scholarship to Queens. Te scholarship and education pieces were a huge part of the final decision by Charlotte Concerts to create the endowment, said Leslie Schlernitzauer, a former executive director of Charlotte Concerts, who also helped lead the task force that created both funds. “Te endowment is a thoughtful match and keeps the

legacy out there,” Schlernitzauer said. “Charlotte Concerts has a loyal following of people, and by partnering, we hope that those members will become Arts at Queens members who support the university.”


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