Giving to the Music Department

Stony Brook's Music Department has grown out of an unusual partnership between the academy and the conservatory. In addition to its overall excellence and broad training in music of various sorts, the Music Department is noted for:

  • A Philosophy of Musical Integration: The curriculum is built on the belief that the proper education for any musician or musical scholar must involve three components: a solid theoretical grasp of musical structure; an understanding of the historical and cultural forces that shape music; and practical experience with music-making on a professional level. The Department has a faculty equally distinguished in musicology, composition, and performance. Students are either required or encouraged to participate in musical study from all of these disciplinary perspectives.
  • Emphasis on the Study and Performance of Contemporary Music: Based in the belief that the vitality of our present musical culture must entail an ongoing engagement with the music of our time, the emphasis on contemporary music affects all components of the program, from curricular offerings in history, theory, and ethnomusicology, to recital programming, and to regularly scheduled concerts of student and faculty works.

As one of the premier music programs in the United States, the Department looks to its friends and colleagues to help provide financial support for the numerous and various musical events that it presents at Stony Brook’s Staller Center for the Arts and in New York City. Most of the over 350 concerts, recitals, masterclasses, and colloquia are free and open to the public.  

The Department of Music is grateful for contributions to some of our main funds, including:

The Department of Music Fund for Excellence

This is a general fund supporting a vast variety of activities including Masterclasses and Colloquia by visiting artists and scholars, guest conductors, composition workshops, composer showcases, community music programs, purchase of instruments, activities for students, among many other things.  

Stony Brook Opera Fund

This fund supports the Department of Music's three opera events each year, Opera Scenes in the Fall, and two operas, the second generally staged or semi-staged, in the Spring.  

Gilbert Kalish Endowment  

This Scholarship Endowment, named after pianist and Distinguished Professor Gilbert Kalish, assists in the support of a student pianist or pianists in the Department of Music.

Jazz Fund for Excellence

This fund assists in the presentation of jazz, including invitations to guest artists, purchase of music and equipment, and other integral and program-enhancing benefits to the program. The Jazz Program at Stony Brook is overseen by Ray Anderson, named five straight years as best trombonist in the Down Beat Critics Poll and declared "the most exciting slide brass player of his generation" by the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD.

Early Music Account

This fund supports the Early Music Program at Stony Brook, including purchases and repair of instruments, purchase of music, support for travel for the ensemble, and other worthwhile equipment and activities.  Winner of the 2012 Thomas Binkley Award "for outstanding achievement in performance and scholarship by the director of a university or college early music ensemble," Arthur Haas directs Stony Brook's award-winning Baroque Ensemble.  

Community Music Program

This fund provides need-based and merit scholarships for families enrolled in the Children's Music Program and Pre-College Division. 

There are over 70 additional funds for different purposes in the Department of Music.  If you would like to know about other funds to which you might contribute, or would like to start a fund in support of an area of particular interest, please contact: Perry Goldstein, Chair, Department of Music:, or phone 631.632.7330.

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