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Meet the Challenge Capital Campaign



VanderCook College of Music is currently engaged in a Capital Campaign to Meet the Challenge.  Keith Mardak, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Hal Leonard LLC of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has presented VanderCook with the largest donor gift in its history.  The $2.5M challenge gift requires the college to raise an equal amount from other donors, with all funds designated to help the college complete renovation of its performance center.

Keith Mardak, CEO and Chairman of the Board 
Hal Leonard LLC of Milwaukee, WI

Phase I of the project, the Inspire. Build. Sustain. Capital Campaign, began five years ago and included classrooms, teaching studios, practice rooms and storage areas.  Approximately half of the 22,500 square foot space has been renovated and is currently in use.  The focal point of the project, however - the "Great Hall" that will be used for performances, concerts and events - remains ahead, and is contingent upon the college successfully meeting Mardak's challenge.

"Great Hall" to be completed in Phase II

The performance center will not only accomodate the growing needs of the college's students, but it will also allow VanderCook to play a larger role in the community and increase its outreach to school music programs in Chicago and around the globe.  Phase II will also include a second classroom, be home to our percussion studies area, add additional teaching/practice areas, student lockers, and storage.

The college has never had a greater need than it does now.  In order to provide our students the educational facilities they need and deserve and to meet the needs of our curriculum we must expand, upgrade, and enhance VanderCook’s campus. 

To learn more about this project please contact Dr. Charles T. Menghini, President at 312-788-1129 or


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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