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Our Music Community

Friends of Music

The Friends of Music at Washington University is a society that supports the Department of Music's high standards in performance, musical studies, and research while encouraging Washington University students and faculty in their musical scholarship and creativity. 

Through its membership contributions, Friends of Music is dedicated to providing financial assistance for private music lessons for students regardless of academic major, in addition to lending scholarship support for graduate students and music majors.

Members of the Friends of Music receive notices of concerts and lectures sponsored by the Department of Music, as well as invitations to special recitals, receptions, and events hosted by the society.

What does my membership provide?

  • Financial assistance for private music lessons for any eligible student
  • Scholarship support for music majors and graduate students
  • $500 Friends of Music merit awards
  • Pianos for teaching, rehearsals, and performances

Members of the Friends of Music receive notices of concerts and lectures sponsored by the Department of Music, as well as invitations to special events hosted by the society. Members will also receive invitations to other campus member events.

Membership Levels & How to Join

Friends of Music Officers & Council


Richard Katz, President 
Mary Pillsbury Wainwright, Vice President 
Dolores Pesce,  Executive Director

Executive Advisory Council
David Alpers 
Christy Beckmann 
Susan Gilbert 
Karen Hales Mecham 
Cindy Hartley 
Anne Hetlage 
Andrew Jorgensen 
Larry Katzenstein 
Michele Kemp 
Charles Metz 
René Morency 
Christopher Stark 
Peggy Symes 
Douglas Tollefsen 
George Yeh 

Life Members
Mary Forsyth 
Marilyn Fox 
Noémi Neidorff 

Join Friends of Music

Become a part of our musical community!

Join Friends of Music Today

Join Our Usher Corps

Are you a student or community member wanting to volunteer AND get free admission to Department of Music events? We are always looking for new team members to join our usher corps! With over 80 concerts and events a year, we have lots of opportunities to get involved with the added bonus of attending world-class concerts for free.

Job duties include greeting patrons attending concerts, scanning and collecting tickets, being friendly and inviting to patrons, answering patron questions, assisting patrons with special needs, enforcing drinking and cell phone policy, and acting as a friendly representative to the 560 Music Center.


Submit this online form and we will be in touch with a full slate of ushering opportunities!
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Alumni News

If you would like to report your news to be considered for publication, please email us directly at Please make sure to include your name and your degree and year.  Thanks for reaching out, we love to hear from alumni!

Alumni Update Form