Thank you for your interest in supporting the School of Music, a unit of the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts.
Ways to Support the School of Music
Chairs in music may be created through the LSU Foundation. Endowed chairs provide perpetual awards based on the earnings of the endowment. Endowed chairs require a principal of at least $1,000,000. Chairs are intended to supplement the salaries of faculty who meet the criteria outlined in the Donor Professorship Agreement. The criteria for awarding chairs are similar to those for professorships, however, chairs are the most prestigious award available to professors through the College of Music & Dramatic Arts, and represent the highest level of excellence in teaching.
Professorships in music may be created through the LSU Foundation. Endowed professorships provide perpetual awards based on the earnings of the endowment. Endowed professorships require a principal of at least $100,000. Professorships are intended to supplement the salaries of faculty who meet the criteria outlined in the Donor Professorship Agreement. Those professorships that are currently functional are listed below. Some donors have indicated a specific area for the professorship; for others, the School of Music has made that determination.
- Aloysia Landry Barineau Memorial Endowed Professorship – Keyboard Studies
- Stephanie Landry Barineau Endowed Professorship – Choral Studies
- Julian & Sidney Carruth Professorship – Music
- Mary Barrett Fruehan Opera Professorship
- Helen & Derryl Haymon Professorship Number 1 – Music
- Helen & Derryl Haymon Professorship Number 2 – Music
- Edith K. Kirkpatrick Professorship – Voice
- Paula Garvey Manship Distinguished Professor in Piano Fund – Piano
- Carolyn Mattax Professorship Fund – Organ
- Carl Prince Matthies Professorship – Music
- Nell S. & Boyd H. McMullan Professorship – Music
- Penniman Family Professorship – Music
- Drew Shaw Distinguished Professorship – Music (pending)
- Marjorie Gianelloni Thompson Alumni Association Departmental Professorship – Music
- Emitte E. & David D. White Alumni Association Departmental Professorship – Music
A significant part of the musical training that occurs within the School of Music centers around the rehearsal and performance of our outstanding ensembles. Gifts to the School of Music in support of Programming help ensure music ensembles continue at the level of excellence now synonymous with the LSU School of Music. The School is seeking endowments in the amount of $1,000,000-$2,000,000 for each major performance area including LSU Opera, LSU Bands, LSU Orchestras and LSU Choirs. A minimum of $10,000 is needed to create a Programming Endowment. These endowments are used for general support of performance areas, including (but not limited to) purchase of equipment, purchase of music rights, and special event funding.
Lucile J. Blum Library Fund
The Lucille J. Blum Library Fund was established to aid in funding the purchase, maintenance, and operation of the Lucille Blum Orchestral Library. The library not only serves the LSU Symphony but acts as a lending library to numerous orchestras, professional and collegiate, around the nation.
Blum Orchestral Library Support Fund (non-endowed) This fund provides for the purchase of orchestral scores and parts for the maintenance of the Blum Library’s holdings.*
*This fund and the Lucille J. Blum Fund provide support only for the Blum Orchestral Library and are not intended to support the other holdings (choral and band works) in the LSU School of Music.
LSU Jazz Ensemble Fund
The LSU Jazz Ensemble Support Fund was established in 1985 to support programs, projects, and scholarships for the Jazz Program.
A Cappella Choir Fund
The A Cappella Choir Fund serves as a source of unrestricted funding for the internationally acclaimed LSU A Cappella Choir. Funds are used to assist the choir with the acquisition of new music as well as to provide funding for travel and recordings.
Dallas Draper Choir Fund
The Dallas Draper Choir Fund was established in 1986 to honor the accomplishments of the former LSU professor of choral studies and founding director of the LSU A Cappella Choir. The fund is used to enhance the choral department by providing funding for scholarships, programs, tours, music rental or purchase, and other activities.
LSU Gospel Choir Fund
The LSU Gospel Choir Fund was established in 1992. This fund is used for the production of Gospel Choir recordings and the purchase of materials needed by the LSU Gospel Choir including, but not limited to, new music.
Janice Harvey Pellar Endowment for Choral Studies
The Janice Harvey Pellar Endowment for Choral Studies was created by LSU School of Music Alumna, Janice Pellar. It is intended to provide a permanent source of funds for the Choral Studies Area in the LSU School of Music. This fund and the LSU Opera Endowment are the School of Music’s first steps towards creating endowments for specific programs.
Band Development Fund
The Band Development Fund assists the LSU Department of Bands by providing unrestricted funds for a wide array of purposes including, but not limited to, the purchase of new music, new instruments, and other such items needed in the daily operation of LSU Bands.
Theory, Music History/Musicology, Music Education
There are currently no funds designated for the direct support of these areas.
LSU Opera Endowment
The LSU Opera Endowment is intended to provide a permanent source of operational funding for the LSU Opera. The fund is being created through a special fund-raising effort. This fund and The Janice Harvey Pellar Endowment for Choral Studies are the School of Music’s first steps towards creating endowments for specific programs.
Patrons of LSU Opera Fund
The Patrons of LSU Opera fund currently provides for the immediate operational needs of the LSU Opera. It is funded by annual donations and memberships.
There are currently no funds designated for the direct support of this area.
Collegium Musicum Fund
The LSU Collegium Musicum fund assists with the School of Music’s early music ensemble LSU Collegium Musicum. The ensemble and fund are dedicated to the study and performance of early music.
Festival of Contemporary Music Fund
This fund supports the LSU School of Music’s annual Festival of Contemporary Music, the longest-running festival dedicated to contemporary music of its kind. The Festival runs for several days in early spring of each year.
Music Academy Support Fund
The LSU Music Academy and the corresponding fund that supports it represent the largest K-12 initiative in the School of Music. The Academy provides private music instruction to young persons in and around the Baton Rouge Area.
Paula Garvey Manship Guest Artist Endowment Fund
Established through a generous gift from Mrs. Paula Manship, the Manship Guest Artist Fund is dedicated to bringing guest performers, lecturers, and clinicians from around the world to the LSU School of Music to work with the students and faculty.
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