Longtime Sewanee resident and music festival supporter Mayna Nance passed away last week from complications related to a fall she suffered at the end of 2019.
Mayna, along with her husband Dr. Walter Nance, endowed the Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition. The competition, established to honor Mayna’s sister Jacqueline, has helped hundreds of young musicians launch their professional careers, and support students in their studies at the festival. Our annual concerto concert is a highlight of the summer season and a source of pride for our entire festival community. The annual post concerto reception at Walter and Mayna’s home was not only a celebration of the performers but a wonderful opportunity for all of us to reflect on the entire festival season.
Please take a moment to read Mayna’s incredible life story and learn more about the Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition has impacted our festival. We will share more stories from our concerto participants and faculty as they become available.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations in Mayna’s memory can be made to the Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition at SSMF.