Department of Music

$25 Million Donation to Help Fund New Performing Arts Center

$25 Million Donation to Help Fund New Performing Arts Center

On Friday, April 17, the Beard-Eaves Coliseum was transformed into a scene of orange and blue, brightened by colored lights and enhanced by performances by Department of Music’s students and faculty. Donors, guests, and university administrators were in attendance as Dr. Jay Gogue, Auburn University President, announced an unprecedented and comprehensive $1 billion fundraising campaign. During this campaign kick-off, John and Rosemary Brown committed to Auburn a $57 million donation, the largest in school history. From this generous gift, a $25 million donation begins the fundraising for a new performing arts center that will benefit the entire university and Auburn communities, as well as provide much needed performance space for events by the Department of Music and Theatre’s students, faculty, and guests. This project, which has long been a priority for the performing arts units on campus, will provide a space for performances of large ensembles such as bands, choirs, orchestras, and operas which have traditionally had to use off-campus venues for the culmination of course work critical to the music curriculum, as well as an additional space for theatre and guest artist performances.

Additional fund-raising will be needed to accomplish this long-held dream of the Department of Music. Consider contributing to this worthy endeavor by visiting our online giving site, choose “Other,” and indicate “Performing Arts Center.”

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Last Updated: May 03, 2017