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Development: Roger O. & Kay Doyle Endowed Scholarship for Choral Musicians
After Roger O. Doyle’s 37 remarkable years as professor of music, singer, concertmaster, composer, and all-around ebullient force of nature on The Bluff, we estimate that untold thousands of students, alumni, and friends of the University have been enlivened, elevated, and vastly entertained by one of the most exuberant and generous teachers and high spirits in University history. And now, as Roger retires from the University this spring, we have established the Roger and Kay Doyle Endowed Scholarship for Choral Musicians, named for our beloved colleague and his graceful wife Kay, a fine pianist in her own right.
The Doyle Endowed Scholarship for Choral Musicians will provide awards to deserving students who are studying music or music education, have a stated interest in choral music, and are recommended for the scholarship by our music faculty. Upon reaching endowment status, this fund will perpetually make awards available to students pursuing their music endeavors at the University. Becoming a Doyle Scholar will not only give the sort of generous helping hand to students that Roger and Kay did with their own generosity, but also ensure that choral music will always play an integral part in life on The Bluff. Music and joy and laughter and song –those are the hallmarks of Roger Doyle’s legacy on the campus he graced for four decades, and with your help that legacy will continue to flourish and grow as the years pass.
Your gift to the Roger and Kay Doyle Endowed Scholarship honors one of the greatest professors we have ever had, honors the quiet smiling companion who taught so many students by the grace of her example and the depth of her artistic commitment, and helps make the extraordinary creative energy of the University available to young women and men who might well miss their chance to find and hone their own holy talents here.
Your gift, in a real sense, keeps Roger Doyle’s cheerful spirit in the heart of the University’s life, by helping to do what he dedicated his career to doing: awakening the glories of our students.
Your gift, large or small, is a vote of gratitude, and a prayer. Thank you.
For more information, please contact Doug Hansen at 503.943.8008 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or make a gift online now.
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On June 26 during Reunion weekend, over 100 alumni of the University Singers joined on campus to perform a concert in honor of Roger Doyle’s 37 years on The Bluff and to thank him for his unyielding commitment to his students.
The first eight tracks were specially selected by Roger as some of his favorite choral works. Track nine is a string quintet composed in honor of Roger by the campus ministry office’s associate director of music Maureen Briare. The final song is an Irish blessing, sung to wish Roger all the best as he moves on to retirement. Click on the songs below to listen to them, or right-click and “save as” to save them to your computer.
Please consider donating to the Roger O. and Kay Doyle Endowed Scholarship to help ensure that choral music remains a bright and vibrant part of the University of Portland.
1. Sicut Servus – G.P. da Palestrina
2. Ubi Caritas – Maurice Durufle
3. Abendlied – Josef Rheinberger
4. Der Abend – Johannes Brahams
5. I’m Gonna Sing ‘til the Spirit Moves in My Heart – Moses Hogan
6. Ride On, King Jesus – Traditional Spiritual, arr. by Moses Hogan
7. Zion’s Walls – Aaron Copland
8. Choose Something Like a Star – Randall Thompson
9. Spectra: Lights of the Soul – Maureen Briare
10. The Lord Bless You and Keep You – John Rutter
- University of Portland alumnus John Becic '52 gives $100,000 to establish professorship in accounting and help with upgrades of Joe Etzel Field
- University receives $25,000 gift from New Jersey resident Tony Isaia '53, whose matching gift by former employer GE/RCA raises total to $50,000