At the Showcase Faculty Recital – Strings and Piano Faculty on February 28, the College of Performing Arts announced two new endowments, the Henri Temianka Endowed Professorship in Music and the Scholarship for String Studies for the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music in honor of Henri Temianka. The Temianka name is profoundly influential in music circles around the world. Throughout his brilliant career, Henri Temianka performed in more than 3,000 concerts in 30 countries, with some 500 concerts in the Los Angeles metropolitan area alone, appearing as violin soloist, founder and conductor of the California Chamber Symphony and founder and first violinist of the Paganini Quartet, a remarkable chamber music ensemble. He was a prolific writer who authored more than 100 articles for a variety of publications, and in 1973 he published an amusing, anecdotal autobiography, Facing the Music.
The Temianka family wishes to continue Henri Temianka’s tradition as a committed educator. A $1 million endowed professorship has been established to enhance the acclaimed string studies program for violin majors at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music and will be awarded to a violin faculty member. A second $1 million endowment will establish scholarships for the highly accomplished students who are pursuing violin studies at the Hall-Musco Conservatory. The Temianka Scholars will be selected on the basis of artistic merit and will participate in the chamber orchestra and small ensembles. This endowed scholarship fund will create a legacy for generations of students and provide quality educational experiences that are also financially feasible.
It is the tradition of Chapman University to commemorate the establishment of endowed professorships by commissioning a bronze bust. Because of Henri Temianka’s notoriety as a world-renowned virtuoso violinist, conductor, author and music educator, a bust in his likeness will be located between the busts of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Giacomo Puccini on the campus’s new Aitken Arts Plaza, in front of the Musco Center for the Arts.
The Temianka endowments will make the conservatory’s program even more highly competitive by attracting world-class professors and bringing the most promising students to our university.