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Support for Performance

We seek to sustain and increase the opportunities for musical experience and performance study for students at the University of California, Berkeley. Accordingly, we offer several opportunities for giving.

Support for Performance In General

Your gift of any size is welcome. The “Performance Endowment Fund” gives the Chair the discretion to place the support where needed most or to take advantage of an extraordinary opportunity. Or, you may designate a gift to this fund for use in some way. For example:

Support for Students

  • $10,000
    Will provide piano accompaniment for individual vocal lessons for music majors for one year.
  • $1,500
    Will support individual lessons for one student for one year.
  • $1,000
    Will fund a master class by a visiting artist.

Support for Chamber Music

  • $15,000
    Will provide coaching for chamber music for one year.
  • $7,500
    Will provide coaching for chamber music for one semester.

Support for Concerts

  • $1000
    Will support an evening or weekend performance where students showcase their talents and accomplishments.
  • $500
    A gift to the Elizabeth Elkus Noon Concert endowment will sponsor a free Wednesday or Friday Noon Concert.

Support for an Ensemble

Your gift of any size designated to the ensemble of your choice will contribute to instrument purchase and maintenance, purchase and rental of scores and other costs.

  • African Music Ensemble
  • Contemporary Music: Eco Ensemble – formerly Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players (BCCP) and Berkeley New Music Project (BNMP)
  • Indonesian Gamelan
  • Jazz & Contemporary Improvised Music
  • University Baroque Ensemble
  • University Chorus & Chamber Chorus
  • University Gospel Chorus
  • University Symphony Orchestra

Support for Piano

Your gift of any size to the Piano Fund endowment or to the endowed Marjorie Petray Fund will foster piano instruction in perpetuity.

  • An endowment of $100,000 will provide three students with instruction annually.
  • An endowment of $250,000 will provide seven to eight students with instruction annually.

John Thow Graduate Student Composer Fund

Professor John Thow, a distinguished member of the Berkeley music faculty, believed strongly in giving student composers the opportunity to hear their works performed. In 2007, the John Thow Graduate Student Composer Fund was established in his memory to support the performance of new works by Berkeley graduate students.

Donations to the John Thow Fund may be made through the Music Department. Donations from UCB alumni, faculty, staff, or students will be matched by the Chancellor’s office.

Performance in the Department

With the first professor of music at Cal having been appointed to begin an orchestra and chorus in 1906, our engagement with performance as part of the core curriculum is longstanding. Unique to the Department of Music at UC Berkeley is the degree to which performance experience and study is integrated into every aspect of the academic program–whether the honing of musicianship skills or the acquisition of knowledge of theory and history and literature of European and diverse other traditions, or the study of contemporary cultural life in America and elsewhere. How does that happen?

  • History and ethnomusicology lecture courses are infused with lecture-demonstrations by eminent performers, for instance, or complemented by a semester-long performance lab through which all students receive performance instruction.
  • Theory and composition students hear their creative work played and sung.
  • Improvisation courses expand the horizons of students interested in jazz and other improvisatory traditions.
  • Performance ensembles provide students the discipline and joy of experiencing music with other musicians.
  • And we underwrite – to the extent we can manage – private instruction with distinguished Bay Area artists for our most skilled music majors.

After completing the required core curriculum that every music major takes, each student may satisfy advanced-level course requirements with any Department course s/he chooses. Those who intend to pursue performance professionally usually choose to pursue that.

Give to the Music Department online.