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Giving to the School of Music

At the KU School of Music, private donors play an increasingly crucial role in building an environment where students and faculty can maximize their talents. Private contributions provide support for scholarships, endowing professorships, constructing and renovating academic and performance spaces, bringing guest performers and instructors to campus, and purchasing instruments and equipment for KU's various musical ensembles. Learn more at KU Endowment

The Joyce Castle Campaign for KU Opera

Give to KU Opera

It is my pleasure to announce the Joyce Castle Campaign for KU Opera. With this effort, we have a fantastic opportunity to create a permanent fund supporting the opera program at KU. In doing so, we honor an extraordinary champion of this vital program in the School of Music.

In celebration of Joyce’s many contributions to her alma mater, we have set a goal to raise $250,000 for the Joyce Castle Opera Endowment Fund.  This fund, which Joyce established a few years ago with her personal contributions, provides annual financial resources for the KU Opera program. Adding significantly to this fund will ensure that KU Opera can flourish and thrive. Future generations of musical Jayhawks will be able to live their dreams, much like those Joyce has realized throughout her extraordinarily long and fabulous career.

I am excited to announce a lead gift for this campaign from Jeff and Mary Weinberg.  Their three-year pledge totaling $100,000 is a beautiful way to honor Joyce and propel us towards our fundraising goal. 

Won’t you consider a gift towards this campaign?  I cannot think of a better way to say, “THANK YOU, JOYCE!” than by supporting the endowment bearing her name. A contribution to this campaign is a commitment to keep Joyce’s legacy alive forever. Please consider making a gift, and becoming a part of this worthwhile effort by contacting me or donating at

Read more about Joyce Castle: “The Music Gives Back”: Joyce Castle's 50-year career as a performer and professor.

Curtis Marsh

Curtis Marsh
Associate Development Director
KU School of Music and the Lied Center


Take a Seat in Swarthout Campaign

For those who hold a special place in their hearts for Swarthout Recital Hall, the "Take a Seat in Swarthout” campaign provides donors an opportunity to sponsor a seat in the beloved recital hall. With a $500 gift, donors will be recognized with an engraved plaque bearing their name, or someone they wish to honor, placed on one of the 272 seats of their choice. The campaign aims to raise $136,000 for the creation of an endowed fund for the maintenance and upkeep of the recently renovated hall.

Seat sponsorships can be made at For more information, contact KU Endowment at 888-653-6111 or


Friends of the KU School of Music 

The Friends of the KU School of Music are a community of alumni, parents, friends and students who are dedicated to providing annual financial and advocacy support to the KU School of Music.

When you become a Friend of the School of Music, your unrestricted gift will help students and families discover the wonder of music through our world-class educational programs and hundreds of performances each year.

Your loyalty is invaluable in assisting KU musicians in realizing goals that would not otherwise be reachable. It is only through the support of friends like you that we have been able to offer scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships, travel support and professional-quality instruments to improve the musical experience for our students and faculty.

In addition to a free window decal to show your support for the School of Music Friends Program, your membership also grants you recognition in the programs for the year’s concert series. Plus, if you choose to join at the Patron level or above, you will receive tickets to the annual Collage Concert as our gift.

If you have any questions about membership or its benefits, please contact Kylie Smith at kyliesmith@ku.eduor by phone at 785-864-4104. 

School of Music Calendar
Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.