Mabry Vocal Music Endowment will support APSU students pursuing professional music careers

CLARKSVILLE, TN – George and Sharon Mabry recently made a generous donation to establish the Mabry Vocal Music Endowment for students at Austin Peay State University.

“During our tenure at Austin Peay, we have had the privilege of working with exceptionally talented students,” said George and Sharon Mabry. “By creating this endowment, we wish to support future voice students in their pursuit of professional careers in music.”

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be juniors or seniors with a 3.0 GPA and a major in vocal music. This scholarship is renewable for recipients who continue to meet the criteria each year.

For many years, the Mabrys brought music and culture to the Clarksville community while teaching in the music department at APSU. In 1970, George was hired at Austin Peay as Director of Choral Activities. Three months later, Sharon became a professor of music education and voice at APSU.

George became the first director of the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA) in 1985 and throughout their career the Mabrys have mentored students from the area. Their concern to provide them with more opportunities has brought several high caliber musical events to Clarksville.

In 2003 George retired after 33 years with Austin Peay and began his second career as director of the Nashville Symphony Chorus. He retired completely in 2012 and began writing and producing original musicals with retired APSU history professor Richard Gildrie. Sharon, who wrote a column for the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s (NATS) Journal of Singing for 25 years, continued to teach, perform and write. In May 2022, after 52 years of teaching, she retired and earned the longest-serving employee designation in University history. She also has an impressive career spanning over 40 years as an award-winning professional singer, performing as a recitalist and soloist with symphony orchestras around the world. The couple supported Austin Peay by contributing to numerous scholarships, the Woodward Library Society and the annual holiday dinner.

“We here at Austin Peay are so proud to be part of the legacy Drs. George and Sharon Mabry have built so far,” said Kris Phillips, APSU Vice President for Alumni, Commitment and philanthropy.”The contributions they made will continue to benefit many future generations of APSU students.”

The endowments are permanently restricted funds managed by the Austin Peay State University Foundation. The amount of each scholarship may vary and will be determined based on the value of the endowment and the Foundation’s spending plan.

To support APSU’s fundraising initiatives, contact the Office of University Advancement at 931-221-7127.

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