UALR Department of Music has created a $19,000 endowment to honor Little Rock music patroness Mary Fletcher Worthen to support the Universityâ€™s instrumental music program.
The Mary Fletcher Worthen Endowment will establish a basis for the development and growth of an orchestral program, attracting talented students interested in pursuing instrumental performance and education.
This program will also be essential in supporting the opera and choral activities of the University.
â€śThe creation of this endowment to honor Mary Worthen is befitting as she and her late husband, Booker, were among a group of friends that helped establish a chamber music series back in 1953,â€ť said Karen Bryan, chair of UALRâ€™s Department of Music. â€śMrs. Worthenâ€™s involvement in the local music scene extends to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, where the â€śMary Fletcher Worthen Endowed Conductorâ€™s Chair â€“ Youth Orchestraâ€ť was established by Maryâ€™s family and friends to honor her commitment to the symphony.â€ť