Longtime Benefactor Makes Sound Investment in the Arts


For more than four decades, Johann Norstedt has been a key supporter of the arts at Radford University. Following his retirement, he knew he wanted to continue that support with a special scholarship.

Norstedt, a retired professor of English at Virginia Tech, established the Johann & Marilyn Norstedt Scholarship for Voice in recognition of the many evenings spent enjoying productions by the RU College of Visual and Performing Arts.

“I was attracted to Radford’s concert series over the years — my late wife and I would frequently come to performances at Radford,” Norstedt said. “I retired in 2002. It’s at that stage when you think about your finances and where that money should go. I know a lot of people over at Radford, from my support of the arts there, and I was particularly interested in the music department. I thought I could do the most good by leaving a single scholarship at the department,” says Norstedt.

Each year the scholarship is awarded to an exemplary singer in the Department of Music to help that student with expenses they may encounter throughout the school year.

“If you don’t support the arts, you don’t support life. The arts are basic, they’re fundamental. They are about the life of the imagination,” says Norstedt.

Image cutline: Johann Norstedt with Joshua Brown, recipient of the Johann & Marilyn Norstedt Scholarship for Voice