Wichita Businessman Funds $1M McPherson College Music Endowment

By Jolyn Johnston-Myers
April 22, 2016

McPherson College is the recipient of a $1 million endowment fund which will provide for a new college music series and establish the Fern Lingenfelter Scholarship in Music.

Steve Clark established the new fund through the McPherson College's Power the Future campaign. Clark is a Wichita businessman and chairman of Clark Investment Group; he's also the son of Fern Lingenfelter, who left a legacy of musical talent at the college where, in 1924, she earned a certificate in piano; a bachelor of music degree a year later; and finally a Bachelor of Arts in 1938.

Lingenfelter also taught piano on campus and in the local community for many years; gave frequent recitals at the college chapel; and played organ at the First Baptist Church in McPherson. She passed away in 1962.

The new Fern Lingenfelter Artist Series will include two annual music performance events with a special emphasis on piano, according to an article in the Salina Journal, which also quoted Steven Gustafson, coordinator of McPherson College's arts and lecture series.

“Not only will the series enrich opportunities to hear great performances, but it is also a most fitting tribute on behalf of Mr. Clark to honor his mother.”

The Fern Lingenfelter Scholarship will be an annual merit-based scholarship awarded to one or more McPherson College students majoring in music.