Music Department


Giving Opportunities

Giving opportunities include:

For information regarding giving opportunities, please contact: Anne Marie Michel,

Music, Theater and Dance Facilities Fund

In order to provide students a performing arts experience of the caliber that MIT is known for, we need dedicated teaching, practice, audio/video recording, composition and performance facilities. MIT's Kresge Auditorium is the only space on campus that can accommodate our larger ensembles – the symphony orchestra, wind-ensemble, jazz ensemble and concert choir. It was not built as a concert hall, but 52 years later, it's still the only venue on campus for events requiring a large stage area and/or capacity for a large audience. Meanwhile, adequate theater and dance performance facilities are totally lacking.

It is our vision to build a second-to-none, state of the art performing arts facility, worthy of our students, faculty and guest artists.

Emerson Scholarships for Private Instrumental Study Fund

One of the jewels of the Music Section has been the Emerson Program for Private Instruction. The most talented students at MIT are selected and admitted by audition to receive scholarships that afford them private instruction on their instrument with local master teachers. Continued support is needed to cover increasing costs of lessons and overhead. For a sampler CD of performances by students in this program, please contact us.

Ensemble in Residence Fund

The ensemble-in-residence is a prestigious relationship and affiliation for both the artist and the institution. Many colleges and universities across the country have established endowed ensembles in residence that feature, primarily but not exclusively, string quartets.

The music section seeks the benefits of a permanent ensemble-in-residence program that would feature the following activities each semester:

  • public concert collaborations with MIT music
  • faculty performances of music by MIT composers
  • in-class, lecture demonstrations for music subjects
  • chamber music coaching
  • private lessons to Emerson students
  • readings/recordings of MIT student compositions
  • rehearsals or sectionals with the student ensembles
  • informal meetings with students

A well integrated ensemble-in-residence, contributes to the academic program in multiple ways and reaches large numbers of students beyond those enrolled in the music program. It contributes to the enrichment of the entire MIT community.

Piano Fund

Fund for the purchase and repair of pianos for the classrooms and practice rooms. At present a half dozen pianos need major overhauling or replacement.

Special Project Funds

Touring and Collaborations

In the context of a global reality, our hope is to establish an endowed fund for special initiatives to make possible travel, touring, collaborations and other projects, rich in interdisciplinary, intercultural and interpersonal growth opportunities for MIT students.


One of the more costly operating expenses for our ensembles is the commissioning, purchase and rental of music for performances. Music commissioning, purchase and rental is a basic and recurring need and expense for all music ensembles. A fund for the commissioning, rental and purchase of music would free up our program directors to make programming decisions freely and based on educational and artistic considerations, rather than budget.


This fund facilitates the production of audio and video recordings for music ensembles. On occasion, music ensembles will embark on a project to produce a CD or DVD featuring new or commissioned works, music by MIT faculty or students, or for commemorative purposes. Although we make archival recordings of most concerts, these special project recordings entail substantial editing and more elaborate production and duplication processes. The cost of production is high so ensembles are unable to cover it with their modest operating budgets.

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