Elizabeth Shaw’s enjoy of tunes lives on by assortment donated to ULM

Printed April 26, 2022


Elizabeth Shaw as a scholar performs with the Sound of Nowadays Marching Band in 1977.
Shaw bequeathed her selection of devices and tunes to the College of Louisiana
Monroe Faculty of Visible and Carrying out Arts.

Chacahoula 1977


Elizabeth Shaw liked music, and she loved the College of Louisiana Monroe. 


Via her will, Shaw, who died in July 2021, bequeathed her devices and musical
goods to the ULM School of Visual and Undertaking Arts in the College of Arts, Education,
and Sciences.


Shaw earned a Bachelor of Audio from ULM in 1979.


The Elizabeth Shaw Assortment of 770 things valued at far more than $78,700 incorporates seven
musical instruments:

  • A Steinway little one grand piano

  • Gemeinhardt flute and piccolo

  • Haynes flute

  • Conn-Selmer alto saxophone

  • Alexander French horn

  • Wagner tuba

The assortment also features sheet new music, vinyl and CDs, and musical equipment.


“The Steinway Company is a single of the most renowned makers of high-quality pianos,” explained Derle
Long, Ph.D., VAPA Director. “We believe the a person donated by Elizabeth Shaw is all over
100 years aged. It is a 6-foot design and is placed in Bon Aire, the president’s residence.”


The Steinway is valued at $45,000. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s signature is inscribed in
the piano as data state he played it through his Oct. 20, 1939, recital in Syracuse,



Elizabeth A. Shaw

Very long stated the brass devices are from prime manufacturers, particularly the Conn-Selmer
alto saxophone with a silver finish. There were some surprises in the assortment,


“Included in the recordings are around 155 vinyl LPs. When the boxes arrived, we had
a university student worker serendipitously access in and grab a history. The initial LP the college student
pulled out was an authentic Beatles ‘Abbey Street,’ which is a common collector’s item,”
mentioned Very long.


This semester, college students used the brass devices, and the alto sax will debut in
the drop with The Seem of Currently Marching Band.


“Elizabeth Shaw’s like for tunes and ULM life on every time a observe is listened to, or a
piece of sheet new music is played from her exceptional, generous donation,” stated Susan
Chappell, Govt Director of ULM Progression, Basis and Alumni Relations.


About Elizabeth Shaw’s musical everyday living

A particular time in Shaw’s musical lifetime was from 1975-79. At ULM, then-NLU, she researched
songs, marched in The Audio of Now, carried out in the university orchestra, and was
initial horn in the wind ensemble. Her instructors and mentors were the late Jerry Vance
and the late Director of Bands Emeritus Jack White.


As a pupil, Shaw shared her impressive talent for enjoying almost anything brass
with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra (very first assistant horn) and performed with the South
Arkansas Symphony.


With her ULM diploma in hand and French horn and grandfather’s alto saxophone in tow,
Shaw traveled north to the College of Akron, Ohio, to get paid her Grasp of Music. 



Instructor Jerry Vance works with Elizabeth Shaw on the French horn.

Shaw returned to Shreveport and examined to come to be a paralegal. Tunes remained her
enthusiasm, executing with Crimson River Brass, Shreveport Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony,
and Rapides Symphony.


She would go on to a productive 30-12 months vocation with the federal authorities in the
Washington, D.C. area, most of it with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Place of work. Shaw
carried out with the Frederick Symphony Orchestra and the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic
(formerly the Mt. Vernon Orchestra).