Support the Department of Music

Our alumni, parents, and friends provide essential support for teaching, research, and program needs. The department benefits from annual unrestricted support and major gifts designated for special purposes. Your generosity plays a critical role in our ability to fulfill our mission and is truly appreciated. Every gift counts.

There are many ways to support the Department of Music. When donating online, you may designate your gift as a general gift to the "Department of Music" or you may specify the area, ensemble, scholarship, or program that you wish to support with your donation. Please make this designation in the "comments" section of the online form. Unrestricted support allows the Department to allocate funds to support the highest priority needs of the department.

Make a donation to Music

Listed below are some of our highest priorities:

  • Voice Program and UCSB Opera Theatre
  • Carl Zytowski Vocal Award
  • Undergraduate Scholarships
  • Graduate Student Fellowships
  • Interdisciplinary Programming
  • Chamber Music Program
  • Young Artists String Quartet
  • Master Classes 
  • Virtuoso Fund
  • Bel Canto Fund
  • Patrick Rappleye Memorial Scholarship for Brass
  • Faulkner Fund Scholarships for Brass
  • John Schmidhauser Scholarships and Fellowships for Horn

Ways to Give

We invite you to support the Department of Music at UC Santa Barbara. Each gift to the Department of Music can be designed to coincide with the donor's interests, to achieve the donor's vision and goals while meeting the mission and the highest priority needs of the Department. In making a gift to the Department of Music, each donor may express his or her wish to designate a gift to any priority area within the Department. For more information kindly contact Leslie Gray, Senior Director of Development, at (805) 893-4193 or

You can make your gift through any of the following convenient methods:



You may make your contribution now via our secure online giving website,

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Mail or Phone

You may also make a gift by phone or mail. If you are interested in making a gift or have any questions about the vehicles for your investment, please contact Leslie Gray, Senior Director of Development, at (805) 893-4193 or If you wish to send a check, please contact Leslie Gray first to find out how to make out your check. We look forward to working with you to meet your philanthropic goals.

Mailing address: 
Leslie Gray
Senior Director of Development
Office of Development
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2013

Giving Opportunities

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The UCSB Chamber Choir Touring Fund

The UCSB Chamber Choir is the flagship choral ensemble at UCSB, representing excellence in vocal talent, musicianship, and professionalism. The Chamber Choir builds recruitment interest and alumni relationships through yearly domestic and international tours. Please support our future tours of the California Central Coast('24), New England('25), and Japan('26). To give to this fund, please note "Chamber Choir Touring Fund" in your kind donation.

Carl Zytowski teaching

Carl Zytowski Vocal Award

On the occasion of the UCSB Schubertians' 20th Anniversary Concert on February 19, 1984, Schubertian alumni established the Carl Zytowski Vocal Award in honor of their director and mentor, Carl Zytowski. Through the years this fund has awarded many vocal students in UCSB’s Department of Music. In November of 2019, almost a year after Carl’s passing, the Schubertians came together to celebrate their beloved professor with a memorial concert in his honor. Many Schubertian alumni traveled across the country to UC Santa Barbara, to pay their respects to Carl and sing together in their group’s original venue, Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. They also came together to create renewed interest in the Carl Zytowski Vocal Award, paying homage to Carl and his support of Music students throughout his years of teaching and beyond. If you would like to help continue Carl Zytowski’s legacy, please consider making a contribution to this award.

Patrick Rappleye

Patrick Rappleye Memorial Scholarship for Brass

The scholarship is named for Patrick Rappleye, a UC Santa Barbara horn graduate (Bachelor of Music 2006 with highest honors), who passed away at age 25. He was known for his participation in the Kendall Betts Horn Camp, American Horn Competition, and the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague. He also published an interview with Daniel Wood, of the QUADRE Horn Quartet.

Patrick was an excellent student and musician, winning numerous awards and scholarships in high school and college. His passion was the horn, but he also played piano, drums, and other brass instruments. He worked his way through UCSB teaching piano and music theory and giving private music lessons.

However, music was not Pat’s only talent. He could cook a gourmet meal, build a website, fix the plumbing and repair electrical appliances. He loved his high-tech toys: his computer, digital camera, and iPhone, all of which he could operate with great expertise. He inherited his mother’s love of nature and became an excellent nature photographer.

One of his best traits was his sense of humor. He could make anyone laugh — friends, family, even a cop at a busy intersection who did a double-take when this 6’2” kid in a Tigger suit on a motorcycle pulled up in front of him.

Patrick, an only child, is survived by his mother, Jan.

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Faulkner Fund Scholarships for Brass

The scholarships are named for the late Maurice Faulkner, a legendary brass professor, longtime faculty member, and an inspiration to many students over the years. 

Maurice joined the recently established Department of Music at Santa Barbara State College in 1940, then on the Riviera Campus.  He was involved in the transition of a department from one primarily devoted to teacher training to a partnership of advanced scholarship and performance. At the same time, he was among a group of Santa Barbara State faculty who lobbied for our eventual inclusion in the University of California system. He served as chairman of the department in the early fifties and was an active member of the music faculty until his retirement from the University in 1979.  

On campus, he conducted the University orchestra as well as the UCSB Brass Choir, which achieved a considerable following throughout the state.  Maurice also founded and directed the All-California High School Symphony Orchestra. Over the years, hundreds of talented high school instrumentalists participated in an intensive three-day rehearsal and a concert to an overflow crowd.

His main instrument was the trumpet, which stimulated his research interests in the study of early brass instruments and in studies of performance stress with the Institute of Environmental Stress at UC Santa Barbara.

(Text taken from an article by Carl Zytowski)

John Schmidhauser

John Schmidhauser Scholarships and Fellowships for Horn

Dr. John Schmidhauser was a distinguished political scientist and former member of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Congress. He also served in the Pacific Theatre in World War II. He passed away peacefully on February 21, 2018, at age 96. 

Dr. Schmidhauser chaired the Department of Political Science at the University of Southern California, and held academic positions at the University of Iowa, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Virginia. USC described him as among the nation's leading scholars in the area of judicial politics, emphasizing public law and judicial behavior, public policy, American politics, plus comparative judicial politics and policies.

He authored or co-authored 10 well-regarded books and many articles. While at the University of Iowa, Dr. Schmidhauser archived his work on the backgrounds of Supreme Court justices, considered a milestone accomplishment.

While in retirement, he pursued his interest in French horn, dating from an earlier time in his life. Along with participation in various ensembles, he studied privately with Professor Steven Gross. His enthusiasm for the horn and distinguished academic career were the inspiration for the scholarship and fellowship fund.