April 5, 2024

McGoldrick Matching Gift Campaign raises over $4M for DU’s Lamont School of Music

The Michael McGoldrick Matching Gift Campaign raised over $4 million to benefit the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. Nearly half the gifts were designated to support student success through endowed scholarships, annual awards, and student prizes.

In addition to new scholarship funding for percussion, composition, and jazz, matching gift donations will support:

·        The Student Travel Ensemble Fund, which enables outside performance and experiential learning opportunities

·        The Lamont Opera Fund, bolstering the opera program for years to come

·        A general Lamont Society Fund to support program priorities

·        Gifts in Kind of donated instruments and equipment will support various Lamont studios and provide students and faculty access to instruments and objects otherwise not attainable

·        The Keith Ward Visiting Artists Fund, now endowed, which will enable guest artists to share their talents and insights with our students and community

“The Michael McGoldrick matching gift campaign will be a transformative moment in Lamont’s storied history,” said Keith Ward, Director of the Lamont School of Music. “It brought together a community of faculty, students, staff, parents, alumni, donors, and friends, and it expanded that community. I am deeply grateful for the remarkable generosity of participants in the campaign and for Michael’s singular philanthropic gift.”

The late Michael McGoldrick, campaign benefactor, served as president of the Lamont Society Council. “When you visit the Lamont School of Music,” McGoldrick said, “you feel the enthusiasm of the students and their music reflects it. By supporting Lamont, you’re supporting a dynamic University in its growth phase, you’re encouraging the arts, and finally you’re supporting wonderful music for the greater Denver community.”