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Old Dominion University Concert Choir, Dr. Nancy K. Klein, Director, at the Old Dominion University Music and Dance Showcase.

F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music Donors

The F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music has thriving programs in instrumental and vocal music education, performance, composition, and sound recording technology, as well as strong academic liberal arts programs emphasizing music theory, history, and jazz. Our students and faculty are working in our local community and at national levels, sharing their skills as educators, performers, and scholars. We believe that these musicians are the future of the great, American musical landscape. Do you share our vision?

Your gift helps us recruit talented young musicians into this cultural training ground. The F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music provides over $300,000 each year in scholarship support to deserving students, which cannot be sustained by tuition and government support alone. Every dollar counts. As we reach more students who are the first in their families to go to college, the burden of student debt can be overwhelming. Scholarship support at all levels is essential to many of these students. Thank you for making a gift today.

Dr. Nancy K. Klein, Director, F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music

Ways To Give

Make a Pledge

Make a pledge, which allows you to structure a payment plan over time.

Make a One Time Gift

Offer a one-time show of support. Make a gift online.

Remember ODU Music

Remember the F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music in your will.

Where to Invest?


A scholarship gift is one of the most important ways of supporting and partnering with outstanding students studying music. Scholarship support goes directly to student's educational expenses and now more than ever, is often the deciding factor in a student's ability to achieve their dream to go to college. A scholarship gift provides a meaningful way to have your name, or that of another family member, friend or former teacher or mentor, or a firm's name become part of a student's future in the F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music.

Annual Scholarships
For an annual scholarship, a donor makes a gift (usually at least $500) with the intent that the entire gift will be awarded to one or more students during the same academic year the gift is made or within an established timeframe, usually not more than two years.

Gifts to the Ensemble Scholarship Fund
Gifts of less than $5,000 go directly into the Ensemble Scholarship Fund and are awarded in full each year to students on the basis of both merit and need.

Gifts to the Alumni Scholarship and Research Fund
The F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music has established a dynamic, new alumni community. As F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music alumni well know, an educational workshop, travel to a professional competition or the opportunity to present their research at state and national bodies, help strengthen and broaden a student's experience outside the classroom and studio space. Through alumni support, students are exposed to a broad range of academic and real-life experiences that help them acquire the knowledge they need to be successful in their chosen career.

Endowed Scholarships
When a donor makes an investment to establish an endowed scholarship, they ensure scholarship support for students in perpetuity. Typically, endowment funds start with a commitment of $25,000. Many times, donors, will elect to build up the endowment fund over a period of time, usually two to three years. An endowment fund ensures that an award will be made to students each and every year in the name of that fund. Endowed scholarships provide donors the opportunity to build relationships with their recipients and create criteria that honor the donor's particular area of interest.


Distinguished, dedicated faculty are our foundation for new levels of excellence in education and research. A named, endowed chair is the highest honor the F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music can bestow on a member of the faculty. It is a source of great pride for the recipient, and stable, annual income to supplement their salary or research funding. A chair is a powerful means of attracting and retaining distinguished faculty.

Old Dominion University receives approximately 20% of its operating funds from the Commonwealth of Virginia, making contributions from private investors, foundations and corporate partners essential. Your investments can be specifically dedicated to students or faculty, or to special projects directly at the leadership level of the Dean.

Need Help Investing?

Speaking with a development professional is like having a free, personal advisor to assist with your philanthropic goals. Development officers can assist you with crafting an individual strategy that fits your unique circumstances, philanthropic vision and financial budget.

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