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Stanford Music

The Stanford University Department of Music was formally founded in 1947, but music has been an important facet of the University from its inception, when founder Jane Stanford encouraged sacred concerts in Memorial Church. We offer undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of subjects, as well as group and private lessons for students, and opportunities for ensemble participation. The Department of Music presents more than 150 concerts and recitals each year, providing performance opportunities for students throughout the University. Over 1,000 students, most of whom are not music majors, participate in ensembles, chamber groups, private lessons, and major productions, including a fully-staged presentation of Mozart's The Magic Flute (2002). Braun Music Center is the departmental home base, which houses our major venues, Dinkelspiel Auditorium and Campbell Recital Hall, as well as rehearsal studios, practice faciltiies, classrooms, and faculty offices. It is also home to the Center for Computer-Assisted Research in the Humanities (CCARH), a pioneer in the field of large-scale databases for music research; the Music Library, with over 110,000 books and scores, over 34,000 sound recordings, and 9,000 microforms; the Archive of Recorded Sound, with 300,000 recordings; and the Harry R. Lange Collection of musical instruments and bows. The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) is housed in the department's former home at the Knoll, and is one of the world's top-rated facilities for digital sound research. The Department of Music receives support from the Friends of Music at Stanford, a community-based organization which provides scholarship support for private lessons, presents concerts for local school students, organizes financial support for ensemble tours, awards prizes to undergraduate musicians, and does much more to help the Department provide services and concerts.