School of Music
Scholarship Funds: Our Spiritan founders and sponsors were determined that the benefits of a Duquesne education should be available to all, regardless of ability to pay. Endowed scholarships ensure that Duquesne can attract and retain talented and motivated students for generations to come.
Unrestricted Funds: Unrestricted gifts allow the dean to direct resources to the School’s most critical needs and to respond to unexpected opportunities. The vast majority of gifts to the Music School are designated for a specific program or purpose, making such discretionary funds particularly valuable.
Organ Fund: Duquesne’s sacred music programs are recognized among the largest and finest in the nation. While students have access to some of Pittsburgh’s finest church organs, there remains a need for such high-quality instruments to be located on campus.
Steinway Piano Fund: Duquesne is the only Catholic university among a select group of “All-Steinway” music schools, offering students the use of 68 choice instruments located throughout the School’s facilities. Naming opportunities exist for numerous instruments, including a Concert Grand, Model B Grand, Model L Grand, Model M Baby Grand and Uprights.
Special Programs Fund: One of the School’s strengths is its access to Pittsburgh’s thriving arts community, including such world-renowned institutions as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera and Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. As top international guest artists appear in these venues, Duquesne arranges for them to present concerts and master classes for students and the community on campus. Support is sought for an endowed fund to ensure that 8-10 such programs are sponsored each year.
Student Travel Funding: Student ensembles are frequently invited to perform in prestigious venues across the country and around the world. To support this travel, funding must often be redirected from other priorities or participating students pay all or part of the cost. On occasion, ensembles must decline invitations due to lack of funding. Financial support will help Duquesne musicians to take advantage of these once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunities and display their excellence on an international stage, without paying out-of-pocket or diverting resources from other Music School programs.
Music After School Outreach Program: Funding is sought for opportunities to provide basic music instruction to children in communities where arts programs are not widely available, through partnerships with such organizations as the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs.