Clark University Receives $6 Million for Music Education

 by TWIW StaffMay 5, 2021

WORCESTER - Clark University received a $6 million gift from an alumnus to support music education for its students and children in Worcester.

The gift is a bequest from Tina Sweeney, of Queens, New York, who earned her master’s degree in history from Clark in 1949. Sweeney passed away on April 24, 2020, at the age of 92.

The funds will be used to:

  • Endow the Tina Sweeney, MA ’49 Endowed Chair in Music at Clark University to support a distinguished faculty member
  • Create the Tina Sweeney, MA ’49 Scholarship for undergraduate music majors of high academic ability.
  • Establish the Tina Sweeney, MA ’49 Clark University Neighborhood Children’s Music Fund, which will sponsor activities and programs that promote music education and exposure for children in the Main South neighborhood.
  • Fund the Tina Sweeney, MA ’49 Music Concert Series for the Clark community.

Sweeney also designated funds to the construction of Clark’s Jennie and Arthur Razzo Hall, which is named after her parents. The Hall is  a campus hub for music concerts, film screenings, student workshops, and symposia.

According to the University, “Sweeney’s gift was  inspired by her admiration for, and generosity toward, arts education and performance at Clark and in the neighborhood.”

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