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School of Music

Pittsburgh is home to a thriving musical community, and the Mary Pappert School of Music is at the center of our culturally vibrant region.  Students learn from faculty artists drawn from the ranks of Pittsburgh's finest musical organizations, including nearly 20 members of the GRAMMY Award-winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras.

Private support is vital to keeping Duquesne on the leading edge of music education and performance training. You can make this possible with a gift to advance one of these priorities:

Scholarship Funds

Many of our outstanding students come from families of modest means and invest what they can towards their degrees, but still graduate with significant debt that can be difficult to repay as a musician. Endowed scholarships ensure that we can attract and retain the most talented and motivated students for generations to come.

Program Funding

The Mary Pappert School of Music Community Engagement Fellows Program: In the spirit of the University's Strategic Plan, this initiative combines our degree-seeking students with those of City Music Center, Duquesne's community music school for children, young adults, and lifelong learners. Together, they will perform in locations where Pittsburghers  live, work and congregate. Emphasis will be placed on outreach to underserved populations and expanding partnerships with community organizations.

Music@Duquesne Speaker Series:  This series enriches engagement and encourages dialogue on topics of music and its role in human development, societies, and cultures. Engaging Duquesne students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater communities of Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania, the semi-annual events are held on campus and are open to all members of the community at no cost.

Facilities Support

Clinical Treatment Room for Medical Music Therapy:  Music therapists help patients of all ages with a wide range of conditions: children with developmental delays such as PDD, ADHD, and autism; teens with depression; adults who have Parkinson's or Alzheimer's, who manage asthma, or are fighting cancer. Training, practice and research in music therapy requires state-of-the-art treatment facilities for clinician/client interaction and faculty observation. Maintaining Duquesne's music therapy space requires constant investment in physical renovations and resources used by student clinicians in their work with clients.

Enhanced Sound Recording (Digital) Technology:  For more 25 years, we have graduated award-winning producers and engineers from our music technology program. Our long-standing educational relationship with Solid State Logic provides an opportunity to enhance the technology in the School's control room and mastering suite facility. This will ensure that students have the necessary tools to compete in the sound recording engineer market.

Chairs and Professorships

Endowed Dean's Chair: Provides support for administrative leaders.

Endowed Chair: Helps to retain outstanding faculty members and attract new faculty.

Endowed Visiting Professorship: Brings scholars from around the world to Duquesne to share their experiences and expertise.

Endowed Term Professorship: Supports a tenure-stream faculty member for a term of years as specified by the Dean; used to recognize "rising stars" and help the University retain them.