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The Friends of Music Club was started in the Fall of 2005 to better serve the students at UTPB and the community of music program supporters. This page provides the club's current initiatives for the new music program. Below are the funding opportunities and other ways to get involved with music on UTPB's campus.

Scholarships
There is a need for sponsorship of new music scholarships at UTPB. Approximately 60% of our students are first generation college students. The unique challenges this offers our students is financially overwhelming at first, but with the help of gracious community members desiring a more active presence of music on the Permian Basin, these students are able to afford a quality, comprehensive college education in music at the region's most advanced music program. Through the recital series, students receiving scholarships perform to show their gratitude for the community support of the music program.

Recital Series
The 2005-6 academic year will mark the inaugural season of our recital series. Under the expert tutelage of Ms. Nyela Basney, the students and faculty at UTPB will perform regularly or enjoy guest recitals by touring jazz, choral, or orchestral musicians. The series is sponsored in part by Target Stores of Odessa and the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Office. If you would like to sponsor an event, please let us know what event or how you would like us to use a sponsorship from you. To view events in the UTPB Recital Series, select the link "Live Music on the Basin" from the left hand menu on any of the music program's web pages. Listed on the calendar are all known live music performances scheduled in the region. If you would like to include your event on our calendar, let Dr. Keast know the details for your events. The UTPB Recital Series events are clearly identified as "UTPB-Recital Series Event: ". Admission is always free to UTPB Recital Series Events. Please join us for a musical performance!

Equipment & Facilities
A grant has recently be submitted to secure multiple, sound-proof practice rooms for use by UTPB students as individual practice and small ensemble rehearsals. The noise pollution has been of concern to many faculty, staff, and students this semester as the music ensembles were practicing for performances. To accommodate the expanding ensembles' needs, sound-proof practice rooms were a high priority by the University administration this semester. We hope to win the grant and install the practice rooms before the crunch time for fall recitals begins.

Each of the sound-proof Wenger practice rooms costs on average of $18,000 and offers the most up-to-date sound technology available. Students will have many options while practicing for their performances in these facilities. These rooms will be the most advanced rehearsal environments for musicians in West Texas.

Music Library
All music library materials are housed in the beautiful J. Conrad Dunagan library on campus. In order to check out materials, a patron should ask the front desk employees for an application for a library card. The music materials at UTPB are purchased with the idea of creating a resource for our students and for the general public as well. General public are able to enter the J. Conrad Dunagan Library and conduct their research on site without charge. Should you desire an item not available, a comprehensive Inter-Library Loan program is available for the patrons.

Giving to UTPB
UTPB is a non-profit entity within the University of Texas System. Therefore, all donations, contributions of in-kind gifts, or free services given are tax deductible as a 501(c)(3). If you have a specific project you wish to discuss donating towards, please let us know. We'd also love to hear about ideas you have for the music program! Contact Dr. Keast, coordinator for music or the Institutional Advancement Office to tell us how you would like to help UPTB.

An Update from the Music Coordinator at UTPB