Campaign Priorities

Your support enhances the Bienen School’s position as one of the nation’s leading music institutions by investing in these priorities:

  • Merit aid and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate performance majors, including international students, will allow the Bienen School to better compete with peer institutions for leading talent from around the world.

  • Endowment for Academic and Artistic Programming to support special initiatives including festivals, commissions, and student ensemble touring will enhance opportunities for students and faculty.

  • The training of Voice and Opera students will be strengthened through increased connections with major opera artists and professional opera companies, and the prominence of the program offers significant opportunities for enhancing the school’s visibility.

  • Endowing the Institute for New Music will enable the institute to undertake special initiatives such as festivals, lectures, guest artist residencies, and commissions of new works.

  • Endowing the Department of Music Performance will support studies in brass, jazz, percussion, piano, strings, voice, and woodwinds as well as band, choral, and orchestral conducting.

  • Endowed professorships will allow the Bienen School to recruit and retain artist-scholars who will assist in recruiting the nation’s best music students, bolstering the school’s reputation as one of the nation’s top-ranked music institutions.

  • The permanent creation of an unrestricted endowed deanship will allow the dean to focus on the school’s highest annual priorities.

Ways to Give

By Mail

Send your gift to the Bienen School of Music at the following address:
Bienen School of Music
70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-2405

By Phone

Call Northwestern University's Department of Annual Giving at 800-222-5603 and direct your gift to the Bienen School of Music.

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“Without the merit aid I received, I would not have had access to the highest caliber professors, rigorous and rewarding musical training, and the opportunity to practice in a world-class facility.”

Brannon Cho, B.M. 2017

The Lutkin Society

In 1892, on the verge of disbanding Northwestern’s music program, University leaders turned to the one man they hoped could save it: Peter Christian Lutkin. Born in Wisconsin and educated in Europe, this celebrated musician agreed to take the helm. He went on to inspire and elevate the direction of music at Northwestern for the next 36 years. What had been a program became a school in 1895, and over time the school helped set a new standard for excellence in music education and performance.

Today, amid one of the most defining eras in its history, our first dean’s vision of greatness lives on through The Lutkin Society as the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music continues to aspire to ever-greater heights of artistic and academic excellence. The Lutkin Society represents the school’s closest friends, with membership offered to all patrons who contribute $1,000 or more in a given year.

Lutkin Society Members

We are grateful to all who have made contributions to the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music. The following donors have given $1,000 or more from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. We are grateful for all gifts in support of the Bienen School of Music, and we thank our many valued donors and friends who have given gifts of less than $1,000 during this period

Founders Circle ($50,000 or more)

  • John L. Anderson ’76, ’77 MBA (’03 P)
  • Megan Paynter Anderson ’76 (’03 P)
  • Dr. M. Lee Pearce Foundation 
  • Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation
  • Marcia Lynn Friedl
  • Estate of Harvey A. Leva ’67 MBA ⁴
  • Estate of George C. Mulacek ’48 MMus ⁴
  • Negaunee Foundation
  • Alexander Pancoe ’08, ’11
  • Art Pancoe ’51 MS (’08, ’13 GP) ³
  • Mariann Pancoe (’08 P)
  • Jeannette Junk Segel (’80)
  • Todd A. Smith ’73 MBA ²
  • Smith Family Foundation

Presidents Circle ($25,000–$49,999)

  • Davee Foundation
  • Jane Stowers Dean ’70 (’96 P) ²
  • Richard H. Dean ’69 (’96 P) ¹ ²
  • Howard L. Gottlieb (’99 GP)
  • Howard L. Gottlieb Foundation
  • Elaine Kondelis Jaharis ’81 (’17, ’18 P)
  • Kathryn M. Jaharis ’83
  • Steven M. Jaharis (’17, ’18 P)
  • Jaharis Family Foundation
  • Carole Merrick Ringer ’61, ’61 MMus ² ³
  • Jerry Ringer ³
  • Carole Browe Segal ’60 ³
  • Gordon I. Segal ’60 ¹ ³
  • Betty Alexander Van Gorkom ’42 ¹ ²

Deans Circle ($10,000–$24,999)

  • Anonymous
  • Carol Rice Bowditch
  • James Bowditch
  • Emily Rice Douglass ’66
  • Allan Richard Drebin ²
  • Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund
  • Selme Finnie (’16 P)
  • Shaun Finnie ’95 MBA (’16 P) ²
  • Michelle M. Gerhard ’82
  • Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund
  • Byron L. Gregory ’66, ’69 JD ³
  • Susan Gregory
  • Carol Schultz Honigberg ’85 MMus ²
  • Joel and Carol Honigberg Fund
  • Michael R. Jacobson (’13 P)
  • Dolores Kohl Kaplan ² ³
  • Dolores Kohl Education Foundation
  • Kelly L. Kuhn ’87
  • Rice Family Foundation
  • Alexander I. Rorke ’75, ’75 MA ²
  • Elizabeth Sturgeon Rorke ²
  • Trine J. Sorensen-Jacobson (’13 P) ²
  • Gail Ayres Steinmetz ’70 ³
  • William C. Steinmetz ’74 MBA ² ³
  • Helen Moore Thomas ³
  • Richard L. Thomas ¹ ³

John Evans Circle ($5,000–$9,999)

  • Robert B. Berger ’56 (’84 P)
  • Robert B. Berger Foundation
  • Boston Foundation
  • Gary W. Burns
  • Michelle Miller Burns ’90 ²
  • Myung Woo Chung (’81, ’84 P)
  • Patricia J. Cunningham
  • Colin E. Dougherty (’23 P)
  • Elizabeth Edblom (’23 P)
  • Craig R. Hassler ’63
  • Joel And Carol Honigberg Fund
  • Arlene Gratz Klavins ’67
  • Virginia C. Lauridsen ’82, ’87 MMus
  • Julia M.C. Pierce ’84 MMUS’85

Fellows ($2,500–$4,999)

  • Alumnae of Northwestern University
  • Bertha Lebus Charitable Trust
  • Russell Dagon Jr. ’61, ’61 MMus ⁶
  • Sandra Schubert Dagon ’62
  • Kathleen Dean
  • Randolph H. Dean ’77, ’90 MBA (’07 P)
  • Robert K. Dean ’77 ³
  • Dean Family Foundation 
  • Barbara Varsik Deboer ’77 MMus, ’83 PhD
  • Barry Deboer
  • Bernard J. Dobroski ’81 PhD ³ ⁵
  • Sally Seibert Dobroski ³
  • Thomas Doran Jr. ’57, ’59 MMus, ’68 DMA ³
  • Daniel Feldstein (’23 P)
  • George and Arlene Rusch Memorial Foundation
  • Felicia Lynn Gerber Perlman ’92 JD (’22 P)
  • Sally Hagan
  • Robert A. Hastings
  • Helen Clay Frick Foundation
  • Michael L. Henoch ’71, ’72 MMus ⁵
  • Kalamazoo Community Foundation
  • Thomas R. Kasdorf ’56
  • Frances Knutsen (’22 P)
  • Rick Knutsen (’22 P)
  • Joshua D. Krugman ’94, ’99 MMus
  • Julie Krugman ’94 MMus
  • Estate of James E. Legere ⁴
  • Eric A. Lutkin ³
  • Mary Crawford Mark ’73 (’08 P)
  • Michael S. Mark ’72, ’73 MMus (’08 P)
  • Stacey Anne Marshall (’23 P)
  • Justine O'Malley ’96, ’04 MBA
  • Gregory M. Outwater ’95
  • Jon K. Peck
  • Michael A. Perlman ’00 MBA (’22 P)
  • Presser Foundation
  • James R. Stevens Jr. ’77 JD (’04 P)
  • Jennifer M. Stevens (’04 P)
  • Andrea Amdahl Taylor ’95 MMus
  • Mark Amdahl Taylor ’95 MMus
  • Tichio Family ²
  • Adair L. Waldenberg ’72
  • Connie Zyer (’08 P)
  • David E. Zyer ’99 MBA (’08 P)

Members ($1,000–$2,499)

  • Janet Aliapoulios (’85, ’90 P)
  • Paul Aliapoulios (’85, ’90 P) ⁶
  • A. Gerald Avant ’59 MBA
  • Ayco Charitable Foundation
  • Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund
  • Bill Muster Foundation
  • Kathryn Smith Bowers ’70
  • James B. Bronk ’77
  • Suzanne Becker Bronk
  • Jill E. Bunney ’97
  • Kenneth Cahn
  • Conan J. Castle ’51, ’52 MMus
  • Community Foundation of New Jersey
  • Linda Tatman Crisafulli ’68, ’69 MMus
  • Peter P. Crisafulli ’68, ’70 MMus
  • Joanne Kriege Cruickshank ’57, ’58 MMus ³
  • Chie Curley
  • Robert E. Curley ’56
  • Doris J. Johnson Trust
  • Sean P. Dowdall ³
  • Anne Weesner Eagleton ’58
  • Barbara Seablom Edwards ’55
  • Julius E. Erlenbach ’68 MMus, ’72 PhD ³
  • Rebecca Jane Erlenbach ³
  • Evanston Community Foundation
  • Margee Filstrup ² ³
  • Scott H. Filstrup ’65, ’67 MBA ² ³
  • Hung Fai Fong
  • Alan Glen Gibson ’82
  • Scott G. Golinkin ’74, ’75 MMus ³
  • Bradford Graham
  • Dana Graham
  • Douglas Graham
  • Ira E. Graham
  • Leslie Graham
  • Margot Graham
  • Alan C. Gregory ’71
  • Kay Griffel ’60
  • Sheldon M. Harnick ’49, ’18 H
  • Estate of Donald E. Hassler ’50 ⁴
  • Katherine Fisher Heeren ’63
  • Arthur J. Hill
  • A. John Holstad ’62 MMus, ’74 DMA ³
  • Elizabeth J. Indihar ’58 MMus
  • William J. James ’04
  • Casey B. Jenkins ’00
  • Doris J. Johnson ’55 MA/MS, ’71 PhD
  • Louis Kenter
  • Elizabeth Torrey Knodel ’58 (’87, ’92 P)
  • William C. Knodel ’61 (’87, ’92 P)
  • Charlie Weaver Kobida
  • Daniel Kobida ’63
  • Sherry Henry Kujala ’85 MMus, ’90 MBA
  • Walfrid Eugene Kujala ⁶
  • David L. Landis ’78 ³
  • Katharine Lockwood Lang
  • Ron Lang
  • David Loebel ’72, ’74 MMus
  • Robert A. Long ’81
  • Sheryl Loyd Long ’81
  • Michael C. Markovitz
  • Rosemaria Martinelli ’82, ’82 MMus
  • Marilyn McCoy
  • Fred C. Meendsen ³
  • Nancy Gross Meendsen ’57 ³
  • Donald John Nally ⁵
  • Bonnie Lewis Neuenschwander ’69 ⁴
  • Robert Neuenschwander ’77 DMA
  • Neufield Association
  • Oaklawn Foundation
  • Taner Ozcelik ’92 MS, ’95 PhD
  • Davin E. Peelle ’03
  • Jennifer Harris Peelle ’02
  • Guy J. Raymaker
  • Helen Jang Raymaker ’86, ’90 MBA
  • Elizabeth B. Roghair ³
  • James E. Roghair ³
  • Linda Rosner (’05, ’07, ’10 P) ³
  • William E. Rosner ’75, ’76 MBA (’05, ’07, ’10 P) ³
  • Mary Ann Novak Sadilek ’61, ’62 MMus ³
  • Dean H. Sayles ’60, ’60 MMus (’85 P)
  • Martha Stickney Sayles ’60 (’85 P)
  • Horst P. Schastok
  • Sara L. Schastok
  • Schwab Charitable Fund
  • Kingsley G. Sears Jr. ’49
  • Lurline Willis Sears
  • Allison Clouston Signorelli ’99
  • Michael David Stodd ’85 MMus
  • Charles R. Thomas
  • Lorraine Marks Vitt ’44
  • Mary A. Voss ’58 MMus
  • Avonelle Stevenson Walker ’62 MMus
  • Michael B. Wallace ’91
  • Conan Ward (’20 P)
  • Susan Ward (’20 P)
  • Janice Schroeder Weiland ’79 MBA
  • Elizabeth Craig Wells ’98
  • Jonathan M. Wells ’97
  • Cecil B. Wilson ’60, ’61 MMus (’90 P)
  • Mary Cummins Wilson ’61 (’90 P)
  • Winning Ways Foundation
  • She-e Wu ⁵
  • Jonathan Blake Yarbrough ’06
  • Yajai Yodin ’92
  • Ling Zhao-Markovitz ’89 MMus

Northwestern Trustee
Music Advisory Board
3 Rogers Society
4 Deceased
5 Current Bienen School Faculty
6 Emeriti Bienen School Faculty

 

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