Meng Concert Hall

Meng Concert Hall

Vaughncille Meng Helped University Realize Dreams for New Performing Arts Center

Donor’s Generosity Remembered Through Concert Hall Named in Her Honor and Scholarships For Performing Arts Students

August 20, 2007

By Gail Matsunaga

College of the Arts supporter Vaughncille “Vonnie” Meng died Aug. 4 of natural causes. She was 94 years old.

Meng’s relationship with Cal State Fullerton developed out of a longtime friendship with her former neighbor and emeritus professor of theatre James D. Young and his wife, Dottie.

Over nearly 10 years, her generous gifts resulted in the naming of the Vaughncille Joseph Meng Concert Hall in the Performing Arts Center and the establishment of the Vaughncille Joseph Meng Opera and Musical Theater Endowment Fund to benefit student scholarships.

With 800 seats, the Meng Concert Hall is the largest performance space in the new center, which opened in January 2006. Designed specifically for music, it is home to the university’s choral and instrumental ensembles, in addition to visiting artists.

Per Meng’s wishes, the endowment funds scholarships and additional areas that directly support students. At the time of the donation, she said, “I’m so happy that what little I did will help others with their music. And, I hope this [gift] will encourage students to continue their education.”
“Vonnie was interested in supporting people in the arts,” said Young, during her memorial service. “She liked the idea of scholarships for students and bringing visiting professors and professional artists into the university community.”

Meng was a classically trained pianist, and taught music privately and in public schools while growing up in Oklahoma. After moving to California, she was a church accompanist and performed at Rotary events for 27 years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: MAMM Alliance for the Performing Arts at Cal State Fullerton. Contact 278-7695 for more information.

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