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Arts Society Tea Raises $30K in Scholarships

Carolyn Mann, Jack Doherty and Priscilla PlumbThe University of St. Thomas Performing Arts Society raised nearly $30,000 in a membership campaign that culminated in the Membership Tea on Nov. 6 at the River Oaks home of Dr. and Mrs. P. Michael Mann. More than 125 guests attended the event, which honored Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein.

All net proceeds from the Membership Tea benefit scholarships for music and drama students at St. Thomas. At the tea, members had the opportunity to renew their membership, enjoy talented UST singers perform Broadway show tunes and learn more about upcoming Performing Arts Society events.

Guests included Membership Tea chairs Mary Ann McKeithan and Barbara Van Postman, as well as Jes Hagale, chair of “New Vision, New Stars” benefit concert.

The second annual benefit will be held Jan. 22, when the Houston Symphony will perform Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" at Jones Hall.

Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin FeinOther Membership Tea guests included UST President Dr. Robert Ivany with wife Marianne, Roseanne Rogers, Kathi Rovere, Nancy Ames, Danny Ward, Cora Sue Mach, Betty Tutor, Laura Codman, Gloria Portela, Ellie Francisco, C.C. Conner, Sidney Faust, Diane Zola, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Mathilde Leary, Barbara LeGrange and Dr. Susan Osterberg.

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, and the upcoming concert builds on the goal of raising funds for the new Center.

In keeping with St. Thomas’ philosophy that fine and performing arts are essential to its mission of educating leaders of faith and character, the new Performing Arts Center 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.

Performing Arts Society
Marianne Ivany, Steve Brosvik and Jes HagaleEstablished 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.

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.

Learn more about Performing Arts Society membership or contact Lauren Summerville at 713-942-5003 or email

Pictured left to right:
Top: Carolyn Mann, Jack Doherty and Priscilla Plumb
Middle: Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein
Bottom: Marianne Ivany, Steve Brosvik and Jes Hagale