Inaugural scholarships from Rogene Russell Fund awarded

Young composer and promising pianist receive Rogene Russell Scholarships

Supporters of Fine Arts Chamber Players help musicians begin college on positive note

We are proud to announce Quinn Mason and Kenoly Kadia as the recipients of the first annual Rogene Russell Scholarship Fund. Mason, an award-winning young composer, will attend Texas Christian University in the fall. Kadia is a pianist and plans to attend the University of Texas. Both are graduates from Dallas ISD: Mason from North Dallas High School in 2015, Kadia from David W. Carter High School in 2017.

Scholarship recipients Quinn Mason (left) and Kenoly Kadia (right) flank donors Norma and Don Stone.

Scholarship recipients Quinn Mason (left) and Kenoly Kadia (right) flank donors Norma and Don Stone.

“I am very honored and grateful to receive this generous gift, as I could not have paid the tuition myself,” said Mason. “I am hoping that this college education will allow me to provide a comfortable living for myself, and allow me to provide for my mother. I plan to reach new heights in music and do important things that will make an impact on future generations. I will work to the best of my ability to make the Stones proud that they invested in my education.”

The scholarship was established at The Dallas Foundation in March 2016 by longtime FACP supporters Don and Norma Stone, and it was named in honor of Rogene Russell, the artistic director and cofounder of FACP.

“We were overwhelmed by the number of talented candidates who applied for the first year of the Rogene Russell Scholarship Fund, and are eager to see the progress that Quinn and Kenoly will make in their college music studies,” explained FACP Executive Director Rachel Assi.

Applications were considered by a committee representing FACP, Southern Methodist University, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, The Dallas Foundation, and the local philanthropic community. After the initial review of material, select applicants were asked to perform for or present their compositions to the committee for further consideration.

Rogene Russell added, “FACP has been honored to support Kenoly and Quinn in their pre-college artistic growth. As anyone currently attending college knows, the cost of tuition is daunting. Through the vision and generosity of Norma and Don Stone, these scholarships will enable Kenoly and Quinn to pursue a college education without the burden of immense debt.”

“I am very grateful for all the support that I have had from FACP,” echoed Kadia. “I am very humbled and honored to receive the scholarship. I intend to use this scholarship to the best of my ability, and hopefully one day I will be an inspiration to others and be an asset in the music industry.”

Since the Fund was established in 2016, the Stone’s initial $500,000 gift has grown by 38%, totaling $691,000 through additional contributions.

“Our highest hope,” Mr. Stone stated, “is that the fund will increase to at least $1 million to provide support for the college careers of other young aspiring musicians in future years.”

“Don and I know this scholarship has made a huge impact on the ability of these two winners to continue their music education,” added Mrs. Stone. “How many other gifted youngsters such as Quinn and Kenoly can we help in the future?”

“The Dallas Foundation manages a variety of scholarship funds made possible by the generosity of our donors,” said Mary Jalonick, president and CEO of The Dallas Foundation. “For many students, these scholarships can be a valuable resource that allows them to achieve lifelong dreams. We’d like to extend our sincerest congratulations to Quinn and Kenoly, and special thanks to Don and Norma Stone, as well as Fine Arts Chambers Players, for their continued leadership and commitment to nurturing the future leaders of the arts community.”

For more information about contributing to the Rogene Russell Scholarship Fund, please contact Dallas Foundation Grants Officer Lynsie Laughlin at 214-741-9898 or llaughlin@dallasfoundation.org; or visit DallasFoundation.org, click on “I’d like to give to a fund,” then search for “Rogene Russell Scholarship Fund.”


Rogene Russell Scholarship Fund

Scholarship fund applications now open for DISD music students

Deadline to apply: February 3, 2017

rr-fund-square-2Online applications are now available for Dallas ISD student musicians who are current students or alumni of the Fine Arts Chamber Players’ free music education programs, or who are graduating seniors or alumni of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA).  Longtime FACP supporters Don and Norma Stone made a $500,000 gift in June 2016 endowing the Rogene Russell Scholarship Fund to provide college scholarships for the recipients to pursue degrees in music. Established at the Dallas Foundation, the Fund is named in honor of Rogene Russell, the artistic director and co-founder of FACP.

Applications are available at DallasFoundation.org under “For Students” and are due February 3, 2017. FACP has selected a committee to review applications and award scholarship funds in early 2017. The committee is composed of representatives from FACP, Southern Methodist University, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, BTWHSPVA, the Dallas Foundation, and the local philanthropic community. Over the past few months, Mr. and Mrs. Stone have also helped secure additional contributions for the Fund from other arts education supporters across Dallas. The Fund now exceeds $620,000 in scholarship money.

Ms. Russell founded FACP in 1981, and for nearly four decades has dedicated herself to organizing free chamber music concerts and free in-school music education for hundreds of thousands of North Texas residents.

“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,” Mr. Stone explained. “The fund can provide some of their needed financing each year. Musical genius needs to be supported.”

The Rogene Russell Scholarship Fund is open for additional contributions of any amount. More information on contributing to the Fund may be found at DallasFoundation.org under “I’d like to Give to a Fund.”


Don and Norma Stone Endow Scholarship Fund in Honor of Rogene Russell

Scholarship Fund for DISD students in Honor of Rogene Russell Endowed by Don and Norma Stone

Artistic Director and Co-Founder Rogene Russell

Artistic Director
and Co-Founder Rogene Russell

Fine Arts Chamber Players is pleased to announce that longtime supporters Don and Norma Stone have made a $500,000 gift to endow a college scholarship fund benefiting student musicians from Dallas ISD, particularly those who have participated in Fine Arts Chamber Players’ free music education programs. The fund, held at The Dallas Foundation, will provide college scholarships to Dallas public school students who wish to pursue degrees in music, and is named in honor of Rogene Russell, the artistic director and co-founder of Fine Arts Chamber Players.

“It is a privilege for Fine Arts Chamber Players to help develop the talent of so many DISD high school students who are challenged to pay for music lessons. With this extraordinary lead gift from the Stones, we will be able to continue nurturing these young musicians at the college level,” said Rogene Russell. Ms. Russell founded Fine Arts Chamber Players in 1981, and for nearly four decades has dedicated herself to organizing free chamber music concerts and free in-school music education for hundreds of thousands of North Texas residents, “I am profoundly humbled and honored that my name is associated with this magnanimous fund initiated by the generosity of Don and Norma Stone.”

“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,” commented the Stones. “The fund can provide some of their needed financing each year. Musical genius needs to be supported.”

“Through their leadership on the Rogene Russell Fund, Don and Norma have not only demonstrated their dedication to the DISD students and musicians who will benefit from the scholarship, but also their support for the future of our arts community. We are so pleased they selected The Dallas Foundation to help make their philanthropic vision a reality,” said Mary Jalonick, President & CEO of The Dallas Foundation.

Over the past few months, Mr. and Mrs. Stone have also helped to raise an additional $60,000 for the Fund from other arts education supporters across Dallas. The Rogene Russell Scholarship Fund is open for additional contributions of any amount. More information on contributing to the Fund may be found at www.dallasfoundation.org under “I’d like to Give to a Fund.” The first scholarships from the Fund will be awarded in early 2017, and the application process will begin in fall 2016. Application information will be posted on The Dallas Foundation and Fine Arts Chamber Players websites in fall 2016.

For more information, contact Rachel Assi, Executive Director of Fine Arts Chamber Player, at 214-520-2219 or via email, rachel@fineartschamberplayers.org.