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As we continue to navigate the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the School of Music expects a number of our students and their families will be struggling with financial burdens this Fall and beyond. Gifts to the new School of Music Student Care & Advocacy Emergency Fund will be made available to music students in financial need who apply for assistance. Gifts for this purpose can be made to the School of Music Director's Fund at

Thanks to you, we support talented students, achieve milestones, and enrich the lives of many through musical performances, research, and education. You play a key role in sustaining and growing our vibrant School of Music at Penn State.

Our vision is to present excellent full-scale productions that INSPIRE our students and audiences—but these life-impacting programs are beyond our school’s annual budget parameters. A contribution to our general fund this year will help us stage productions.

We STRIVE for all of our students to be awarded a scholarship, and gifts to our general scholarship fund can help us to make this happen.

The School of Music opened our new Recital Hall and renovated Esber Rehearsal Hall thanks to community, alumni, and University support. We realize that there is more work to be done so that all our spaces can be state of the art. Your gift to the School of Music general fund helps to ensure our students and faculty have the necessary facilities to pursue excellence.

Our AMBITION is to increase support so that all students can benefit on campus and beyond the classroom. By making a gift today, you can help the School of Music to improve facilities, offset tuition fees, and provide extraordinary experiences for our students and audiences.

Join us as we accomplish these endeavors and aspire to other POSSIBILITIES!

Opportunities for Giving

We often hear from our former students that their experiences in the School of Music are some of the most precious memories they carry away from Penn State. The close relationships with faculty, the camaraderie that develops through ensemble participation, the excitement of discovery through study with outstanding faculty scholar, artist, and teachers - these experiences change their lives. 

Help us continue to make lasting memories for our students with your gift. Please consider the list of scholarships and endowments below, and decide how you can assist our current and future students to "raise the song."

School of Music Scholarships and Awards

School of Music General Endowments

Recital Hall Seat Naming Program

To make a gift to one of these awards or endowments, please call 1-888-800-9163, or visit Click the check box to view giving opportunities, and then select "other." Type the name of the endowment to which you would like to contribute on the “Additional Information” line.

Interested in discussing your gifts to the School of Music or creating a musical legacy at Penn State through your estate plans? Contact Don Lenze, Director of Development in the College of Arts and Architecture, at 814-863-1824 ( or David Frego, Director of the School of Music, at 814-863-4421 ( for additional information.

Please click here for information regarding gifts to Penn's Woods Music Festival.