Thank you for your interest in supporting the Music Department! Donations from alumni and friends enable us to award more than $100,000 in scholarships to qualified music students each year.

Listen to what scholarship recipients Alicia Baker and Aubrey Peterson said about their scholarship.

Current awards:

The Shirley and John Byrne Scholarship
Presented to the student who is selected by the faculty in recognition of especially noteworthy musical and academic achievement.

Captain Harry Beard Music Scholarship
Presented to provide recognition to outstanding music students and give financial assistance to further their musical training.

Robert Walls Award
Presented to the student who is selected by the faculty in recognition of outstanding contributions to the choral program.

Robert B. Thurber Scholarship
Presented to provide recognition and financial assistance to an outstanding brass instrument student who is of sophomore or junior standing.

Alice Carey Dilworth Award
Presented annually to the outstanding graduating senior in music on the basis of scholarship and professional ability.

Lee Ed Jorgensen Memorial Band Scholarship
Presented in recognition of outstanding musicianship and contribution to the band program.

Gene D. Slayter Instrumental Music Education Award
Presented annually to an outstanding sophomore or junior preparing for a career in instrumental music education.

Eric Samuel Ragland Memorial Music Scholarship
Presented annually to a music major, minor, or classical music emphasis non-major.

Music Education Award
Presented to an outstanding graduate student in the Professional Music Teacher Education Program.

In addition to these awards, we have drawn on contributions from alumni and friends to provide critical funding for scholarships and other important necessities such as band uniforms, travel for tours, venue rental and other performance expenses. Your gifts enable us to provide high quality music education and performances for many more students and many more audiences.

For information on making a gift to our choral programs, click here, or our bands programs click here.


You can make a donation to a specific award, or to our general fund (Music Unrestricted). If you have a specific idea for a new award, we would love to hear from you.

If you would like to make a gift, or would like assistance as you consider making a gift, please contact:

Tom McLennan,
CLA Development Officer