New Endowed Scholarship for Voice Students Established

February 21, 2020

Cathy Partlow Strauss ’84

retired voice professor Daune Mahy.
Daune Mahy’s retirement celebration in spring 2019 gave her an opportunity to celebrate her former students.
Photo credit: Scott Shaw

Retired Professor Daune Mahy makes gift in support of Oberlin Conservatory students.

Professor Daune Mahy retired in 2019 after devoting 39 enthusiastic years to nurturing voice students at Oberlin Conservatory. Today, the teacher renowned for her unstinting championship of vocalists at Oberlin continues to do so through the Daune Mahy Endowed Scholarship for Voice Students at Oberlin Conservatory.

“For four decades, Oberlin voice students were the fortunate beneficiaries of a model pedagogue and devoted mentor in Professor Mahy,” says Dean William Quillen. “We are all so very grateful for her stewardship of Oberlin students, made possible through this gift.”

The annual scholarship established with Mahy’s gift will serve to make an Oberlin education more accessible for generations of voice students.

Professor of Voice Salvatore Champagne ’85, who has served in the voice department with Mahy since 2004, adds, ‘‘Daune Mahy’s tenure at the conservatory was characterized by fierce dedication and a great generosity of spirit. It does not surprise me that my former colleague would want to continue her support of Oberlin’s voice students beyond her retirement. We are fortunate and privileged to be the beneficiaries of Daune’s legacy and grateful for her continued devotion to the Vocal Studies Division.’’

If you would like to honor Daune Mahy with a gift to the fund, visit (Under ‘‘In Support Of,’’ select ‘‘Other,’’ then type in ‘‘Daune Mahy Endowed Scholarship’’)

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