A Comprehensive Campaign for MacPhail Center for Music

Transformation starts with you.

Music brings people together, heals divisions, sparks joy, and creates vibrant communities.

It allows students to develop life skills like teamwork, self-discipline, creativity, and leadership while enhancing school readiness and helping close the achievement gap.

As the nation’s largest music school, MacPhail knows how to move with speed, innovation, and audacity to achieve significant positive change in our communities.

Up Tempo! is a three-year, $25 million campaign to provide more unparalleled music learning, compelling and diverse new programs, and broadened accessibility.

UP TEMPO! campaign progress

Thank you to our generous donors. We have reached $28,000,000 of our $25,000,000 goal!


Up Tempo! kick-off at Sounds of Summer

Big Vision, Bold Outcomes

MacPhail’s UP TEMPO! campaign:

  • Creates new opportunities for the lifelong learning and enjoyment of music
  • Develops talented artists striving for excellence
  • Strengthens cognition from toddlers to adults, providing a musical pathway to success in learning and improving the quality of life for older adults
  • Reflects and connects the rich diversity of our communities, nurturing new and exciting musical experiences and artistry as yet unseen
  • Creates lasting legacies for the future

Please join us in building a better MacPhail!

UP TEMPO! Campaign Pillars

MacPhail builds on its 116 year legacy, providing robust music programs for the community with a campaign to transform the lives of its students, faculty, and partners. UP TEMPO! has three goals:

goal 1

Unparalleled Learning

Delivering inspiring music learning experiences that offer students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities the excitement, satisfaction, progress, and the pure joy of making music.

goal 2

Compelling & Diverse New Programs

Developing new curricula, teaching methods, and programming that connects students to each other and to music that’s relevant to them.

goal 3

Broadened Accessibility

Opening opportunities for all so that no student is ever turned away due to financial obstacles.

Play Your Part – take it UP TEMPO!

Give to UP TEMPO! to support this transformative campaign.

There are many ways to give to Up Tempo!

If you would like to discuss planned giving opportunities, contact Christine Vander Hook at [email protected]

Patty Murphy
a message from

Campaign Chair Patty Murphy

Music is essential to each of our lives. Accompanying the rites and rituals of our humanity, music is with
us every day: soothing our sorrows, celebrating our victories, and even marking the passage of life itself.

We know that music brings people together, heals divisions, sparks joy, and creates vibrant communities. Music
also provides students the opportunity to develop life skills like teamwork, self-discipline, creativity, and leadership.
Learning to play a musical instrument has been scientifically proven to enhance school readiness, help close the
achievement gap, and improve the quality of life.

As the nation’s largest center for music learning and performance and one of Minnesota’s top ten arts organizations,
MacPhail Center for Music has evolved and grown to serve more than 15,000 students of all ages, backgrounds,
and abilities every year through a wide range of comprehensive music programs.

Communities across our state and region are changing. Minnesota is becoming more diverse racially and culturally.
Our population is aging, with more older adults seeking active engagement in quality cultural opportunities. And
we are seeing a reduction in music education opportunities in our schools.

To respond to these changes, we are proud to announce the MacPhail Up Tempo! campaign to help meet the demand for music education throughout our state and to secure MacPhail today and for the future. The goal of the Up Tempo! campaign is to expand relevance and increase access for students from all backgrounds and communities, while preserving the high level of excellence that has made MacPhail a treasured cultural asset.

I invite you to meet with us and learn more about our vision and the exciting future that MacPhail has planned.

Thank you to our group of incredibly dedicated Up Tempo! volunteers:

Campaign Cabinet: Patty Murphy (Chair), Paul Babcock, Margee Bracken, Ellen Breyer*, Hudie Broughton, Michael Cain, Kyle Carpenter, Kate Cimino, Joe Hinderer, Penny Hunt, Christopher Perrigo, Anne Polta, Paul Reyelts, J.D. Steele, Mandy Tuong

Honorary Cabinet: Jean and Michael Antonello, Ford W. Bell, Sally and Maurice Blanks, Philip Brunelle, Ann Buran, Barbara Burwell, Roderick Cox, Kathy Cunningham, Paula and Cy DeCosse, Jack DeJohnette, Vicki and Chip Emery, Kathy and Hazen Graves, Jason Haaheim, Mannie Jackson, Belinda Jensen, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Kathy and Allen Lenzmeier, Nancy and John Lindahl, Christian McBride, Ellen Michelson, Sonja and Lowell Noteboom, Bonnie and Tim Rietz, John Schroeder, Miriam and Jim Stake, Billy Steele, Fred Steele, Jearlyn Steele, Jevetta Steele, Ariel Strasser, Janet and Ken Talle, Erin Keefe and Maestro Osmo Vänskä, Rev. Carl Walker

*in memoriam

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