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Friends of Music at MSU Denver

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Friends of Music at MSU Denver is a community that invests and partners with The Department of Music to ensure that we continue to enlighten, inspire, and transform the lives of our students and the Colorado community of the arts. Generous contributions from the Friends of Music at MSU Denver have helped nearly replace $70,000 in student scholarship funding that is no longer provided annually by the State of Colorado. By becoming a Friend of Music at MSU Denver, you directly impact the success of our students through vital scholarship funding, on which so many rely.

Opportunities for Impact

Friends of Music at MSU Denver: Annual Fund
The annual fund of Music at MSU Denver is supported by direct contributions of supporters, funds generated from ticket sales for concerts, an annual gala concert and silent auction, and generous support from the Provost. The scholarships are given to students in the form of talent awards based on their contributions to the major ensembles in their area of study. All funds generated each year are awarded. 

Friends of Music at MSU Denver: Endowments
Endowments are substantial investments that earn scholarship money each year indefinitely. Over the past few years, we are pleased that we have partnered with generous individuals and foundations to create a new endowment nearly every year. While the list of endowments is not yet complete, you may feel drawn to support a particular area or make a gift to commemorate the impact that an individual had on your life. Our students thank you in advance for your generosity. 

Christopher Priolo Endowment
For Excellence in Composition

Jerrald D. McCollum Endowment
For Outstanding Potential as Music Educators

William Morse Endowment
For Outstanding Instrumentalists in the MSU Denver Orchestra 

Beverly Fernald Endowment
For Excellence in Voice Performance

Frank G. Edmonson Endowment
Demonstrated talent and significant interest in the guitar and/or willingness to contribute to the department in the area of sound engineering

The Band Excellence Award
Based on a strong commitment to the band program through musicianship, dependability, loyalty and cooperation.

The Larry Worster Endowment
A General Endowment: For academic and personal excellence in any area. Awardees shall not have received another named or endowed award.


Become a Friend today!‌ 

All donors receive the Friends of Music at MSU Denver newsletter, Metro Magazine, and recognition in Department of Music concert programs. Your gift will be designated according to:

  • Supporters - $1-$99
  • Patrons - $100-$499
  • Benefactors - $500-$999
  • Visionaries - $1,000-$4,999
  • Legacy Circle - $5,000 or more

A donation of over $1000 entitles the donor to membership in the President’s Society, while a donation of over $25,000 entitles the donor to create an endowed Department of Music scholarship.

MSU Denver Faculty and Staff may donate via the Faculty/Staff Gift Form.

All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


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