The University of Hartford has received a transformational gift from the estate of valued donor Dino C. Casali to provide scholarships for talented and deserving vocal students in The Hartt School, the University’s performing arts conservatory. Mr. Casali’s planned gift of $4.75 million combined with a scholarship that he had established earlier brings his total gift amount to $6.5 million.
Mr. Casali, who passed away in January 2017, believed in the power of education and generously donated to several institutions in his lifetime. He possessed a sincere love and appreciation for opera and classical music, and through his bequest, he envisioned ensuring that aspiring, talented young artists would be educated at a world-class music conservatory.
University of Hartford President Gregory S. Woodward praised the vision Mr. Casali shows through his gift. “Mr. Casali’s generosity through his planned gift to The Hartt School is immensely powerful. His legacy and love of music will live forever in the education, careers, and lives of hundreds of aspiring vocal artists. What a joy that his own success in life will be shared with countless others over decades of music making and enjoyment.”
Betsy Cooper, dean of The Hartt School said, “This gift will have a profound impact on current and future Hartt vocal studies students who have a financial need. The Dino C. Casali Endowed Scholarship will provide significant support for talented students auditioning for our undergraduate and graduate vocal studies degree programs, which include all aspects of classical vocal performance, opera, and choral conducting. This generous gift opens a world of additional opportunities.”
Mr. Casali’s family fondly recalls trying to sway his interests toward more contemporary popular music, but he always remained committed to his love of classical music. The family often hosted Hartt student performers at their home in Litchfield, Conn., during family gatherings.