LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts Alumna Janice Pellar Establishes College’s Second Endowed Chair
Janice Harvey Pellar Endowed Chair in Voice and Keyboard will support eminent scholars in perpetuity
BATON ROUGE – LSU alumna Janice Harvey Pellar has committed an endowed gift to establish the Janice Harvey Pellar Chair in Voice and Keyboard in the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts. The Pellar Chair will provide year-after-year support, in perpetuity, to attract and retain the highest-caliber faculty members to the college’s School of Music.
Janice, a 1973 alumna of the school, credits her passion for voice and keyboard to her experience at LSU. She and her husband, Gerald, a 1974 LSU alumnus, have loyally invested in the college for nearly 30 years, with a focus on choral studies, creative arts entrepreneurship and piano acquisition. Notably, the Janice H. Pellar Creative Arts Entrepreneurship Project brought the internationally renowned program TEDx to LSU in 2013; TEDxLSU is now the premier TEDx event in the greater Baton Rouge area.
The gift to establish a chair in Janice’s name is a transformational celebration of her appreciation for music education and avocations of piano and organ.
Janice said, “The arts not only unite and enrich lives, but they also train minds to be creative problem solvers, as well as to possess great healing potential. Yet, despite all their benefits, the arts are often under-resourced. For us, they are a worthy and wise investment for the future. LSU’s College of Music & Dramatic Arts is an important leader in this area, and we are delighted to be part of enhancing its impact now and for the future.”
The Janice Harvey Pellar Endowed Chair in Voice and Keyboard will be eligible for matching funds through the Louisiana Board of Regents’ highly competitive Endowed Chairs for Eminent Scholars program, bringing the ultimate impact of the Pellars’ gift to $2 million.
“The Pellars are avid patrons of the arts throughout Baton Rouge, and this latest gift to LSU reflects the importance they place on the College of Music & Dramatic Arts’ contributions to the arts. Janice and Gerald’s partnership with us is a direct investment in the college’s growing capacity to strengthen local, national and international communities through performance and outreach,” said Todd Queen, dean of the College of Music & Dramatic Arts.
Janice is the former owner and CEO of technology provider EMCO Technologies. She purchased the company from her parents in 1988 and grew it from 30 local employees to a nationwide technology provider.
Janice’s recognitions include being inducted into the Baton Rouge Business Report’s Hall of Fame (2016), named an Emerge Volunteer Activist (2014), named to the Baton Rouge High Hall of Fame (2015) and awarded the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction (2005). She has served as a leader in many community organizations, including Baton Rouge General Hospital and the Baton Rouge Symphony, and has served as a musician at Community Bible Church for over 52 years.
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