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Schwob School of Music

Schwob School of Music

Giving to the Schwob School

We have much to celebrate at the Schwob School of Music! Founded only 21 years ago, the Schwob School is proud to be one of the leading and fastest-growing university-level music programs in the southeast, with a world-class facility and accomplished faculty.

Since 2001 the Schwob School has been housed in the impressive RiverCenter for the Arts, designed to provide students with everything needed to study, rehearse, and perform music. This beautiful building features a 2,000-seat concert hall, a 400-seat recital hall, a 175-seat black box theater, four acoustically isolated large ensemble rooms, and a plethora pleasant, acoustically isolated practice rooms.

The Schwob School of Music was selected as the 2008-09 recipient of the University System of Georgia Regents Teaching Excellence Award for Departments and Programs. This prestigious award is presented annually to one program within the 35 campus University System of Georgia, and validates the high standards we strive to uphold in the education of our students.

The heart of our School is our faculty, all of whom are exceptionally well qualified to teach, and are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields of expertise. When you visit the campus and meet the faculty, you will experience the emphasis placed on nurturing each student's talent both individually and collectively.

Our students have gone on to careers as public school teachers, professional performers, conductors, college and university professors, and private music teachers. The success of our students and graduates continues to be a source of great pride for us!

In addition to attracting and retaining extraordinary faculty at the Schwob School of Music, we must enhance our scholarship offerings for gifted music students to continue bringing them to The Schwob School, Columbus State University and Columbus. For this reason, your participation in the Patrons of Music Society is more important than ever.

Since 1987, the Patrons Society has played a crucial role in our success here, and your membership, at whatever level you choose to participate, demonstrates that you believe in the importance of training young classical musicians.

While all contributions to the Patrons Society are applied directly toward student scholarships, naming a prize or a scholarship enables you to become even more involved, since it provides you with the opportunity to benefit a specific Schwob School student and follow his or her progress throughout the year and beyond.

If you have not participated in the Patrons of Music Society in the past, I hope that you will consider joining this year. Our members share a unique sense of pride in the quality of musical education we offer here, and have the opportunity to enjoy special member events throughout the academic year.

For those of you who are long-standing and devoted members of the Patrons Society, know how deeply appreciative we are for your ongoing support and unwavering generosity.

Wirt Sig

Dr. Ronald Wirt, Interim Director
Schwob School of Music
Saunders Center for Music Study

Patrons of Music - est. 1987

Our Mission

The mission of our Patrons of Music is to:

  • Raise funds and make friends
  • Attract and maintain superior students and faculty
  • Increase community enjoyment of music and promote concert attendance

Benefits of Membership

  • Satisfaction of helping students develop into future artists. Currently our scholarships have allowed students to travel to Montreal, Italy and North Carolina for performances that all music students can only dream of. Gifts allows the confluence of shared dreams, vision, commitment and generosity to continue.
  • Contribution to the quality of education and the quality of life in Columbus.
  • Regular information about concerts and other musical events
  • Priority invitations for special trips and events.

How to become a Patron of Music

Members of the Steering Committee and others who support the Schwob School of Music invite you to join the Patrons of Music Society. Tax deductible gifts to the Schwob School of Music may be made in honor of individuals on special occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries and graduations or in memory of family and friends who have passed on.

To join the Patrons of Music Society or to honor someone with a tribute, please contact Laura Saliba via email at or telephone her at 706-649-1913. If you prefer to make your gift online and designate your contribution as Patrons of Music, visit our Music Giving Page to make a secure credit card transaction. You can also sign up to receive Schwob School of Music mailings when making your donation.

The Steering Committee

The mission of the Patrons of Music Steering Committee is to stimulate, support, and foster the continued growth and development of the Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music to ensure its success in providing world-class music education for its students and culturally enriching opportunities of the highest caliber for the community of Columbus.

Columbus State University Founders Society

The Founders Society, a group of men and women of vision and commitment to Columbus State University, provide an essential source of funds for scholarships, outreach programs, international studies, athletics, cutting-edge technology, and faculty and staff. In addition to providing philanthropic support, members of The Founders Society are looked to for their civic and professional expertise, for feedback on campus issues and new ideas as friends and advocates in the community.

Founders Society members give at least one thousand dollars per year to Columbus State University. Their contributions have helped Columbus State University enhance the teaching and learning experience of its students and faculty as well as enhance the quality of life in the region.

Founder Society members benefit from a special relationship with the University. They are invited to enjoy the tremendous wealth of campus resources and programs and are invited to attend exclusive cultural, athletic and social events. Once a year the members are invited to an evening dedicated to honoring their contributions to Columbus State University.

Leadership Donor Levels

Schwob School of Music publications, as well as the Columbus State University President's Annual Report, lists the names of all contributors to the Patrons of Music Society. The reporting year is August 1 - July 31. The donor groups outlined below recognize friends who make gifts at the designated levels. Corporate matching gifts are combined with individual gifts for recognition purposes.

Enjoy the privileges of being part of The Schwob School of Music Family:

Amount Level
$ 50 - $ 99 Allegretto Grazioso
$ 100 - $ 249 Allegretto
$ 250 - $ 499 Allegro
$ 500 - $ 999 Vivace
$ 1,000 - $ 2,499 Vivo
$ 2,500 - $ 4,999 Presto
$ 5,000 - $ 9,999 Vivacissimo
$ 10,000 or more Prestissimo