The joint gift from the Jack Buncher Foundation and the Jack G. Buncher Charitable Fund for Carnegie Mellon University — the largest in the school's 105-year history — will endow the Jack G. Buncher Chair and enable the school to attract and retain distinguished scholars to lead the school's programs. Founded in 1912, CMU's School of Music is fully accredited for undergraduate and graduate study and offers majors in every orchestral instrument, as well as voice, composition, organ, piano, bagpipes and guitar. This year, 118 undergraduates and 135 graduate students are enrolled in its programs.
Buncher was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where he established the Buncher Company, a real estate development firm, and the two foundations that bear his name. The gift to the music school was championed by his daughter Bernita Buncher, a classical music enthusiast and trustee of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra who also chairs the Buncher Foundation.
"We are deeply grateful to Bernita Buncher for her commitment to Carnegie Mellon and to Pittsburgh," said CMU president Subra Suresh. "She is dedicated to enhancing the city’s institutions and culture. This is a powerful testament to her devotion to Carnegie Mellon, to the exceptional work of the Buncher foundations, and to the high regard in which the CMU School of Music is held in our community."