Margaret and Charles Hubbert recently endowed the Margaret and Charles Hubbert Travel
Fund in the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music to benefit students and faculty by funding various
travel opportunities such as auditions, performances and recruiting.
As children of musically inclined parents, Margaret and Charles Hubbert have enjoyed
a lifelong love of the arts. In 1969, it was this common interest that led to their
meeting at a choir rehearsal. Prior to this, Charles was exposed to the larger musical
world as a band student attending a festival at the Brussels World’s Fair. Going to
this festival as a student was a life-changing experience that filled him with gratitude.
Their desire to give back was realized with their recent endowment of the Margaret
and Charles Hubbert Travel Fund in the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, which will
provide funds to students and faculty for travel opportunities such as auditions,
performances and recruiting.
“Students need help in achieving their goals. I had help from people who donated money
for my trip in 1958, and so creating this fund is my payback to help students and
faculty,” Charles said when talking about the festival he and his wife to attend each
It was especially gratifying for the Hubberts to give back to the place that gave
Charles one of the greatest experiences in his life – his Bachelor of Arts degree
in Voice. His goal in getting a degree in music was to become a formal musician with
accreditation and “all of the regalia that goes along with being a musician.”
Strong supporters of the School of Music, the couple attend many concerts in Harris
Auditorium. In addition, Margaret and Charles have traveled with the representatives
of the School. Years ago, they went on a trip to Germany, Hungary and Austria with
the University Singers.
Margaret said that “it was a profound experience,” and it would be wonderful if more
students had similar opportunities.
Margaret and Charles find that the Scheidt School offers some of the best performances
in Memphis. They encourage others to support the School as well.
The Scheidt School of Music will benefit greatly from this fund and sincerely appreciates
the support of the Hubberts. To learn how you can make a gift to the Rudi E. Scheidt
School of Music, call Marianne Hartquist at 901.678.3625.
— by Marianne Hartquist, Scheidt School director of Development