Concert Celebrates Naming of Sid & Mary Foulger School of Music

OGDEN, Utah – The Weber State University Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities and the WSU Department of Performing Arts will celebrate the dedication of the Sid & Mary Foulger School of Music with a musical gala Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts Austad Auditorium. 

The WSU Jazz Combo will entertain guests upon arrival at the main entrance of the Browning Center.

The program begins at 7:30 p.m. with remarks by WSU President Ann Millner and philanthropist Sid Foulger. The musical program will feature: 

  • Chamber Orchestra Ogden, conducted by performing arts professor Michael Palumbo and WSU student Chin-Jung Hsieh, pianist, playing the first movement of the Ravel “Concerto in G”; 
  • WSU Chamber Choir, conducted by performing arts professor Mark Henderson; 
  • WSU student Fan-Ya Lin, pianist, performing Chopin’s “Ballade No. 4 Op. 52 in f minor”; and
  • The grand finale, “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin, arranged for five pianos by Fan-Ya Lin and Jared Jaccard and performed by Lin, Jaccard, Eliza Taylor, Ling-Yu Lee and Maggie Whatcott.

This past spring, the university announced the $5 million pledge by Sid W. Foulger to endow a school of music at WSU. Millner then announced the establishment of the Sid & Mary Foulger School of Music in the Department of Performing Arts, and the WSU Board of Trustees unanimously voted to create it. 

The dean of the Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities, Madonne Miner, considers Foulger’s gift tremendously important. “Having a school of music symbolically and literally affirms the importance of music education at Weber State,” she said. “It proclaims our level of achievement and support. I envision the Sid & Mary Foulger School of Music as a place where students receive a remarkably personalized education, one that encourages them to soar to heights beyond what they ever imagined possible.”

A pianist himself, Foulger has a close affinity with the performing arts, especially music. He is a firm believer in the transformative power of music and is committed to advancing opportunities for music education and achievement. 

This formal naming ceremony and public celebration is free and open to the public. Children 8 and older are welcome to attend. This will be a gala affair and all are invited to celebrate the new Sid & Mary Foulger School of Music at Weber State University.

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Carol Biddle, development, Performing Arts
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Madonne Miner, dean, Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities
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Caril Jennings, marketing director, Performing Arts
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Caril Jennings, Performing Arts
801-626-6431 •