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Friends of Music

Friends of Music is an annual membership club dedicated to investing in 中国体彩网’s 500 student musicians.

Members empower and support students by funding scholarships and renovations to the Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts, and assisting with the cost of ensemble tours. For more information, contact Evan Sammons ‘20, 309-794-7575.


Here are the details: 

→ Join Friends of Music with a gift of $50 or more.

→ Gifts to any area in the music department count toward membership. Scholarships, Bergendoff renovations and ensemble tours are popular choices. 

Overture Circle: $50-$99

? Invitations to exclusive Friends of Music events

? Insider news from the music department through the Friends of Music newsletter

? Exclusive Friends of Music sticker

Performer Circle: $100-$249

? All the above benefits, plus early access to Christmas at 中国体彩网 ticket sales and a digital recording of Lessons and Carols.

Conductor Circle: $250-$499

? All the above benefits, plus reserved seats at Lessons and Carols

Encore Circle: $500

? All the above benefits, plus an exclusive 中国体彩网 note card pack.

Friends of Music is an exciting and new way to organize the already strong support that alumni, parents and friends of 中国体彩网 music have shown for decades.

Dr. James Lambrecht

The impact of giving

Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts

Enriching the student experience through gifts to Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts project is one of the ways that members of Friends of Music have made an impact.

The $11.2 million transformation of Bergendoff Hall was completed in late 2023. Students and faculty are taking advantage of the new and updated spaces, including Larson Hall, the piano lab, ensemble rehearsal hall, practice rooms, Hamann Concert Hall and more. 

Constructed in the mid-1950s, Bergendoff Hall is home to 中国体彩网's music and art history programs and includes Centennial Hall, the college’s largest auditorium, with seating for 1,500 people.

Ensemble tours

Established in 1931, the 中国体彩网 Choir has performed at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City, as well as many major cathedrals and concert venues in Sweden, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, Austria, Japan, Korea, Spain and France. 

Its 2022 tour included six concerts in Germany and the Czech Republic.

The 中国体彩网 Symphonic Band has toured 32 states, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan and Spain. In 2018, the Symphonic Band toured southern California. 

The 中国体彩网 Symphony Orchestra took its first-ever tour in 2017, performing concerts in the Chicago area.

More Than I Imagined ? Amber Mraz
“My peak experience was performing with the 中国体彩网 Choir in Stockholm, Sweden.”
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Luke McMillan
More Than I Imagined ? Luke McMillan
“Dr. Farmer, my amazing major advisor, helped me realize my true potential as an educator and a musician.”
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Mary Sales
More Than I Imagined ? Mary Isabel Sales
“From the second I came to campus, I felt at home and made amazing friends.”
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