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Olivet College receives $100,000 from the Frederick S. Upton Foundation
Jun 17, 2004

OLIVET, Mich. The Olivet College music program has received a $100,000 grant from the Fredrick S. Upton Foundation. Funding will enhance the music curriculums in vocal and instrumental music education, music performance and implement two new degree programs in sacred music and music business.


The three-year grant will be used to strengthen the music program through the purchase of instruments, technology for composition and recording capabilities, and an additional rebuilt Steinway piano.


The foundation awarded $50,000 for the first year, and then a $50,000 challenge grant ($25,000 per year for the next two years) provided the college matches the funds. The program will purchase strings, winds, brass and percussion instruments necessary to support an instrumental music degree. The grant will also help to implement an electronic music studio, attract talented students to the instrumental music major/minor and create an Olivet College marching band.

We are extremely fortunate and excited to have received these funds, said Tim Flynn, Ph.D., music program director. This grant will enable us to offer our students a state-of-the-art education in music technologies, and it will help us strengthen our curriculum in music education. This will be the first step in helping to re-establish our music program as one of the finest in the area.


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