Chris Thile Raises $28K For Music Scholarships at Murray State University

Nickel Creek/Punch Brothers member Chris Thile raised nearly $28,000 for music scholarships at Murray State University with his Thursday night performance at the college.

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The endowment will be used by Thile’s alma mater, which is located in Murray, Kentucky, to start a permanent scholarship fund to recruit music students from across the country, many of which are first-generation college students, according to university officials

“Chris recognizes that many Murray State music students are first-generation college students who deeply desire an opportunity for an education in music but whose families struggle to find the financial means to bring their dreams to reality,” said Tina Bernot, Murray State’s interim director of the office of development.

Aside from his charitable efforts, Thile has been busty touring with the Punch Brothers, as well as some solo some dates. It was announced earlier this year that he will take over as the host of the radio show A Prairie Home Companion for the 2015-2016 season.

Check out Thile’s current fall tour dates below:

Oct 30 Kalamazoo, M @ Dalton Center Recital Hall (Chris Thile solo)I
Oct 31 Goshen, IN@ Sauder Concert Hall (Chris Thile solo)
Nov 02 Birmingham, AL @ Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center (Chris Thile solo)
Nov 03 Wilmore, KY @ Asbury University – Hughes Auditorium (Chris Thile solo)
Nov 04 Iowa City, IA @ The Englert Theatre (Chris Thile solo)
Nov 06 Provo, UT @ de Jong Concert Hall (Chris Thile solo)
Nov 07 San Diego, CA @ MCASD Sherwood Auditorium (Chris Thile solo)
Nov 08 Santa Barbara, CA @ Lobero Theatre (Chris Thile solo)
Nov 09 San Luis Obispo, CA @ Christopher Cohan Center (Chris Thile solo)
Nov 11 Kirkland, WA @ Kirkland Performance Center (Chris Thile solo)
Nov 12 Edmonds, WA @ Edmonds Center for the Arts (Chris Thile solo)
Nov 13 San Francisco, CA @ SFJAZZ Center Miner Auditorium (Chris Thile solo)
Nov 14 Rohnert Park, CA @ Weill Hall (Chris Thile solo)
Nov 16 Portland, OR @ Newmark Theatre (Chris Thile solo)
Nov 19 Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall (Chris Thile solo)
Nov 20 Wingate, NC @ The Batte Center (Chris Thile solo)
Nov 21 Storrs Mansfield, CT @ Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts (Chris Thile solo)
Nov 22 Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (Chris Thile solo)
Dec 28 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau)


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