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Arts Society Tea Assists Scholarships
Photo: Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin FeinThe University of St. Thomas Performing Arts Society will kick off its membership year with the Membership Tea from 2-4 p.m. on Nov. 6 at a private River Oaks residence. The event will honor Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein.

At the tea, members will have an opportunity to renew their membership, mingle, listen to talented UST singers perform and learn more about the second annual benefit scheduled for Jan. 22, when the Houston Symphony will perform Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition."

The Feins were last year's chairs of the first benefit concert featuring Houston Opera soprano Ana Maria Martinez. At the concert, plans for UST’s Performing Arts Center were unveiled.

Established in 2010, the Society strives to provide students at UST, and the Greater Houston community, with access to quality performing arts opportunities while encouraging excellence. The Performing Arts Society co-chairs are Priscilla Plumb, member of the President’s Advisory Board, and Jack Doherty, past membership chair of Performing Arts Society.

UST performing arts graduates excel in master's programs such as University of Washington, DePaul University, University of Texas at Austin, New York University and the New School in New York City.

In keeping with St. Thomas’ philosophy that fine and performing arts are essential to its mission of educating leaders of faith and character, a new Performing Arts Center is planned. The design, by Studio RED Architects, which also redesigned the Alley Theatre's upcoming construction, will include a proscenium theatre, a black box flex theater and a multi-functional conference center. This world-class theater and conference hall will add another jewel to Houston’s Museum District.

Through the Advisory Council, members create awareness of the performing arts at UST, work to increase scholarship money for students, create a connection to local theatres and performing arts organizations in order to help students obtain internships. Membership to the Society will also benefit the development efforts in support of the Performing Arts Center at St. Thomas.

All proceeds from the Membership Tea benefit scholarships for music and drama students at St. Thomas. Membership levels range from $125 to $1,000. Guests interested in attending the membership tea should contact Lauren Summerville at 713-942-5003 or email

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