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Empower Extraordinary Supporting the

College of Music


Transforming Lives Through the Power of Music

The Michigan State University College of Music is recognized as a leader for its innovative approach to nurturing musical excellence—we train musicians who perform on the world’s most prestigious concert stages and we develop outstanding educators and scholars who make a difference across the nation and around the globe. Funding will provide scholarships for our students, programmatic support to enhance the student learning experience, endowed positions for our professors, funding for our musicians to perform worldwide, and acoustically safe rehearsal spaces that are commensurate with the talent of our faculty and students.


College of Music seeks to raise $30.0 million in the Empower Extraordinary campaign. We will achieve this goal with a mix of endowment and annual funds.


To date we have raised $46.7 million, but more private support is needed to achieve our full potential and propel this great college forward.


Rebecca Surian
Senior Director of Development
(517) 353-9872

“We compete for the very best students who will champion music in our schools and communities, direct and perform in traditional and non-traditional ensembles, compose the music of the future, become leaders in arts policy and education, forge new paths of scholarly inquiry in traditional and emerging fields, build and educate musical audiences of tomorrow, and appear on the stages of premier performance venues throughout the world.”

James Forger, Dean