College of Charleston Piano Program Receives Gift of $1.14 Million

The William Tate, M.D. International Piano Series Endowed Fund will support the College's International Piano Series and piano programs.

Dr. William “Billy” Tate recently established The William Tate, M.D. International Piano Series Endowed Fund in support of the College of Charleston’s piano program.

Tate’s newly established $1.14 million endowment will continue his positive impact on the College's music program by ensuring the success of the piano program for generations to come. The gift will continue Tate’s support for the International Piano Series and all College of Charleston piano programs, including awards for piano students along with equipment acquisition and maintenance.

“We are profoundly grateful for the generosity of our longtime friend, Dr. Tate,” says Edward Hart ’88, music department chair. “This generous gift will sustain our acclaimed piano program for many years to come.”

The College's International Piano Series annually hosts four world-class artists, who each perform a concert. In addition, the College holds masterclasses for students who play for and are coached by the concert pianists. “It is almost an unheard of opportunity for undergraduate students,” says Hart.

A lifelong lover of music and retired dermatologist, Tate has championed Charleston’s music scene since it achieved national prominence four decades ago. Tate had a front row seat when in 1976 visionaries, including Mayor Joseph P. Riley, former College of Charleston President Ted Stern and Spoleto Festival USA founder Gian Carlo Menotti, worked together to elevate Charleston as a music destination. Following the transformative launch of Spoleto and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the College of Charleston founded its dynamic music program, which merges the intense focus of a conservatory with a liberal arts and sciences education.

In 1987, Tate established the Emily Remington Master Artists Series Endowment in recognition of his good friend, organist and choral director Emily Remington, who played an integral role in bringing music to the College. Through his generosity, the College hosts the finest musicians and teachers at the campus for concerts and classes.

“I have had the opportunity to watch Charleston and the College grow into music destinations,” says Tate. “I have enjoyed many fabulous concerts at the College of Charleston, and I look forward to many more. Now the superior quality of music offered in our great city will span generations.”