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Support from Gifts

Your gift to the UC Davis Department of Music—and the students and faculty at its heart—supports our extensive educational programs and expanding facilities. Your gift furthers our mission to provide an inspirational, personal, and unique academic environment. To make a gift now, please contact the Department of Music. You may also give to the Music General Support fund online.

The following is a list of the endowments and funds that support various ensembles, musicians and programs.

Recital Hall Fund

The Recital Hall will be home to events presented by both the Department of Music and the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Here is how to give to the Music Performance Building/Recital Hall fund online.

Symphony Endowment

The UC Davis Symphony Endowment was established by members and friends in 1992 with the goal of assuring the orchestra’s access to first-rate teachers and soloists, a handsome orchestral library, and enhanced opportunities for travel.  Here is how to give to the Symphony Endowment online.
 

Chorus Endowment

The University Chorus endowment will ensure that our program can continue to move ahead, and can continue to inspire, teach, and mold the artistic and aesthetic temperaments of our most important resource… our future generations. Here is how to give to the Chorus Endowment online.
 

Shinkoskey Noon Concert Endowment

The fund, in memory of Joy S. Shinkoskey, supports noon and/or performance concerts in the UC Davis Department of Music.
 

Valente Lecture Endowment

Awards go to undergrad Music students and visiting scholars of the Music Department. This award funds lectures and colloquiums geared at enriching students, faculty, and community members throughout the academic year.
 

Arlie Fitch Concert Band Fund

The fund supports performances of the UC Davis Concert Band.

 

Empyrean Ensemble Endowment

The endowment supports the Empyrean Ensemble, which performs new music on the UC Davis campus.

Empyrean Ensemble Fund

The fund supports the Empyrean Ensemble, which performs new music on the UC Davis campus.  Here is how to give to the Empyrean Ensemble’s current-use fund online.
 

Marta Belen Memorial Award in Music Fund

The fund supports an undergraduate award providing support for music students that will enable them to take music lessons, purchase sheet music, and offset the costs of their education.
 

Beta Popper Memorial Fund

The Jan and Beta Popper fund supports a professorship to be held by a faculty member in the music department who will pursue a broad range of scholarly and creative activities that include opera.
 

Al McNeil Endowment for Non-Western Performance

The Al McNeil Endowment requests that the UC Davis Music Department Performance Committee select the Ethnomusicological performances to be supported by this fund, with a preference for choral or vocal music and secondarily for instrumental performances.
 

Gammel Fund

Established by Dr. Edward and Mrs. Patricia Gammel who established the Edward and Patricia Gammel Endowed Piano Scholarship Fund to support an undergraduate piano student scholarship in the Department of Music in the College of Letters and Science.
 

Pusateri Award

Awards from the fund are made in support of graduate students in the Department of Physics and the Department of Music alternately beginning with a Physics student in 2002-2003 and continuing with a Music student in 2003-2004.

To make a gift now, please contact the Department of Music and mention the name of the fund or endowment to which you would like to contribute. Thank you in advance for all of your support!

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About the Endowment

The UC Davis Symphony Endowment was established by members and friends in 1992 with the goal of assuring the orchestra’s access to first-rate teachers and soloists, a handsome orchestral library, and enhanced opportunities for travel.The remarkable success of the Endowment—having grown in its first ten years from about $30,00 to over $400,000 in market value—is one important indicator of the UCDSO’s excellent artistic and financial health. Via UC Davis’s online-giving website, we have added a convenient way to make a gift to the Symphony’s Endo

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Shinkoskey Noon Concert Endowment

The fund supports noon and/or performance concerts in the UC Davis Department of Music.  Joy S. Shinkoskey was the mother of Deborah Pinkerton and mother-in-law to Bret Hewitt.  They established an endowment to support Noon and/or Performance Concerts in the UC Davis Department of Music located in the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies in the College of Letters and Science.  

 

Some information about Joy S. Shinkoskey:

 

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UC Davis Concert Band Program
Pete Nowlen, director

UC Davis Concert Band Program

For auditions, please sign up for an available time online.

The UC Davis Concert Band Program has existed on the campus for more than 50 years, performing in commencements, ceremonies, and its own concerts.

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Empyrean Ensemble
Mika Pelo, director

Empyrean Ensemble

The Empyrean Ensemble presents engaging, thought-provoking, eclectic programs, enabling audiences to experience new musical sensations delivered with high artistry by its seven extraordinary core players—the finest new music performers in California. Ensemble-in-residence at UC Davis, Empyrean has premiered approximately 200 works and performed throughout California, including appearances at many prominent music festivals and concert series.

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Beta Popper Memorial Fund

The Jan and Beta Popper Endowed Professorship in Opera was established with a $500,000 bequest from the estate of Beta Popper, who died in 2008. Beta and her husband, the late music professor and conductor Jan Popper, spent a lifetime together producing opera all over the world, notably in Asia. Beta, a mezzo-soprano who performed with the San Francisco Opera, was involved with the UC Davis Department of Music. Jan was on the UCLA faculty, but assisted many UC campuses, including UC Davis, as a visiting professor.

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