A New Name for the School of Music

Good afternoon,

We are pleased to present a  mid-summer update from Susan C. Cook, Pamela O. Hamel/Music Board of Advisors Director of the Mead Witter School of Music

As many of you may remember, last summer the Mead Witter Foundation of Wisconsin Rapids made a gift to the School of Music that allowed us to move forward with simultaneous construction of both our recital hall and our new concert hall.  No longer did we need to construct the building in two phases! So, our architects made revisions to accommodate the new timeframe, and we plan to break ground this fall.

As of July 1, the UW-Madison School of Music was no more.

We are now the Mead Witter School of Music. Our website — www.music.wisc.edu — already reflects this change.

16-028 Concert Mast Head-Fnl-Hi-ResThe Mead Witter gift was combined with a previous major gift from Pamela O. and George Hamel, longtime friends of the University and School of Music.

In recognition of the Hamel’s gift, this new performance building will be named the Hamel Music Center.   The large concert hall will also be designated the Mead Witter Foundation Concert Hall.   It joins the Collins Recital Hall, named for longtime friend and contributor to the building project, Paul Collins and his wife, Carol.

The Mead Witter Foundation has touched the lives of Wisconsinites since 1894, when the company known as Consolidated Water Power Company first began. Current Mead Witter Foundation chairman George Mead II was the fourth-generation leader of the corporation that his great-grandfather J.D. Witter founded, and his grandfather George W. Mead I continued to lead to become a world renowned in coated papermaking. The company and foundation have had ties to the UW-Madison from the 1920s, when George Mead I was a university regent, and have supported scholarships, professorships and the Chazen Museum.

Pamela and George Hamel own Hamel Family Wines of Sonoma, California, and have strong ties to UW-Madison. Pamela is on the School of Music’s board of advisors, and George received his bachelor’s degree in communications arts at UW-Madison.  Paul Collins also serves on the board of advisors and graduated from the Business School; his mother, Adele Stoppenbach Collins, received her degree from the School of Music.  In 2001, Paul and Carol Collins endowed graduate fellowships and subsequently made a major gift to the new building project as well.

Director Susan C. Cook, seated in a chair intended for the new concert hall. This fall, the School of Music will unveil a new chair-naming campaign to complete fundraising for the new Hamel Music Center. For more information, contact Rebekah Sherman at 608-572-2077. Photograph by Hannah Olson.

Ground-breaking for the Hamel Music Center is planned for this fall with an expected completion within 24 months, and a year’s celebration of events beginning in Fall 2018.

There will be a chance for you to play a naming role. In order to support our students who will make these new performance spaces come alive, we will provide opportunities to name a chair in one of our new performance spaces.  You’ll hear more about that in the coming months.

On behalf of the Mead Witter School of Music, many thanks to all who support our students, programs and mission.  We are most grateful.

Susan C. Cook, Pamela O. Hamel/Music Board of Advisors Director of the Mead Witter School of Music

Gifts from alumni, friends, corporations, and community members help support the School’s goal and mission to provide a student-centered education that promotes the highest levels of professional development while challenging students to achieve their greatest potential.

Please consider making a gift payable to the UW Foundation:

UW Foundation , U.S. Bank Lockbox
P.O. Box 78807
Milwaukee, Wi 53278-0807

For help making a gift, or to discuss other giving opportunities, please contact Rebekah Sherman, Director of Development, University of Wisconsin Foundation

608-572-2077  Rebekah.Sherman@supportuw.org

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