Conservatory Wishlist

The passion to make a great thing better drives the best students, educators, musicians-and the Sunderman Conservatory of Music. You can make a positive difference in our students' lives by helping us meet some very specific needs. Our "wish list" includes experiences, instruments, and equipment that will help make the Sunderman Conservatory of Music the best it can be.

We offer an extraordinary range of music opportunities for those within the Conservatory and to benefit the campus and community at large, and we are grateful to the generous donors who support our work. For information on these or other ways to support the Sunderman Conservatory of Music, please contact its Director, Dr. Kay Hoke at 717-337-6815.

  • Reward the best by donating cash awards for meritorious students presented at our annual Conservatory Honors Tea: $50-$500
  • Make musicians on the Majestic Theater stage resonate by contributing to the purchase of an acoustical shell: $50,000
  • Recognize the winners of our annual concerto competition with prizes of $250-$500.
  • Develop a diva (or divo) by sending singers to a regional young artists' competition: $400
  • Bring the world to Gettysburg by sponsoring annual residencies for composers or professional performers to work with our students: $1,500-$5,000
  • Send Conservatory students out on the road with a travel fund that will allow them to sit in on rehearsals and attend professional musical events in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York: $250 and up
  • The hills are alive with the sound of music at summer festivals. Provide a full or partial scholarship for a deserving student to participate in one of these excellent programs: $500-$3,500
  • Hear the heavenly sound of a 47-string harp for our Orchestra and Wind Symphony: $20,000
  • And get low down on a bass clarinet ($12,000) an alto flute ($8,000) and a contrabassoon ($24,000)
  • All that jazz will sound much better with a matched pair of professional quality tenor saxophones: $2,500 each
  • Head ‘em up by supplying drum heads for Conservatory music ensembles: $300 per set
  • And move ‘em out on a bus that will take our ensembles on tour: $1,500 for a chamber group to $25,000 for the wind symphony or orchestra
  • Go for Baroque, or medieval, or renaissance with a donation to our early music instrument fund: $100 and up
  • Support the work of living composers by contributing to a fund to commission new works that will be premiered by Sunderman Conservatory ensembles and faculty performers: $2,500-$10,000
  • Keep the music playing with gifts toward the creation of an endowed scholarship fund: $1,000 and up
  • A 21st-century practice room or two outfitted with SmartMusic will benefit all our performers. All we need is a computer, a few peripherals, and the software for students to have a virtual accompanist.
  • Score big time with music scores - Give a gift of music by helping us build the collection of instrumental and vocal scores available to students: $150-$500
  • Budding young opera singers can learn their roles more easily with a Disklavier piano: $20,000-$33,000
  • Prepare a future arts advocate by sponsoring attendance for a student at a workshop or professional conference: $350-750
  • Keep music alive for all children by purchasing equipment and materials to support our music teachers-in-training: $250 and up
  • Transform a space in Schmucker Hall by sponsoring one of the much needed renovation projects that will turn a former library into a modern music facility: $50,000 and up
  • Your name to be remembered for all time on the proposed addition to Schmucker Hall. Give our student musicians the learning environment they deserve! The sky's the limit!