Support the Department of Music

"Music is not an 'acquired culture' it is an active part of natural life.” — Isaac Stern

Within the Department of Music, we daily pursue the ideal of making music an active part of each Stanford student’s life, whether it be through teaching, performance, analysis, or composition. We serve the student population with a variety of concerts and productions. We can be found at every major university function bringing music to the Stanford community. We research the future of sound from a solid basis in the tradition of music. Outside the university’s walls, our major ensembles tour throughout the world to represent Stanford and encourage foreign students to apply to Stanford.

As one of the smaller departments on campus, we nonetheless have a significant impact on Stanford students. Private lessons, chamber music programs, ensemble membership, and fascinating seminars bring nearly a third of Stanford’s students through our doors each year. Even more of them, along with faculty, staff, and community members, enjoy the over 150 concerts we produce each year.

We manage one of the University’s major performance venues, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, which is utilized by student performance groups, other departments, and Stanford Lively Arts.

All these contributions to the cultural life of Stanford are only accomplished with the help of our alumni and other generous patrons who recognize the value of a balanced liberal arts education that includes music and the other fine arts. If you are one of these discerning and generous believers in the value of musical education, we invite you to support one or more opportunities to bring music to the Stanford Community.

Student Support

Capital Improvements

Our facilities are in need of structural and operational upgrades in several areas. Major donors can assist in bringing our physical plant into the 21st century by supporting different projects such as

Faculty Support

Concert and Production Support

Special Events


If you would like to consider an endowment or other gift - large or small - to the Department of Music, please contact Dr. Mario Champagne, Administrative Director or call him at 650.723.0038. Please share with us your ideas of how you would like to support our endeavors - we are always looking for new ways to engage music lovers and improve our department.

Donations may be mailed to the department, with the purpose noted on the memo line of your check and accompanying letter. Our mailing address is:

Stanford University
Department of Music
Braun Music Center
541 Lasuen Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-3076