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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?

  • Support for students who want to study an instrument, but cannot afford private lessons
  • Year-end merit awards for our most promising students
  • Support for students who have been accepted into competitive summer music programs
  • Sponsorship of the annual Concerto and Aria Competition for WashU students

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

Douglas Tollefsen, President
Mary Pillsbury Wainwright, Vice President
Christopher Stark, Executive Director

Executive Advisory Council
David Alpers
Christy Beckmann
Susan Gilbert
Karen Hales Mecham
Cindy Hartley
Anne Hetlage
Andrew Jorgensen
Michele Kemp
Charles Metz
René Morency
Dolores Pesce, ex officio
Peggy Symes
George Yeh

Life Members
Mary Forsyth
Larry Katzenstein
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