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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 VanderCook complete renovation of its performance center.

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

Phase I of 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 Phase II - the main area that will become the performance hall for concerts and events - remains ahead, and is contingent upon the college successfully meeting Mardak's challenge.

Main performance area to be completed in Phase II

The performance center will not only accommodate 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. Once completed, Phase II will provide a second large classroom, a percussion studies area, additional teaching/practice areas, student lockers and storage areas.

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 current campus. 

To learn more about this project, please contact Dr. Charles T. Menghini, president emeritus, at 312.788.1129 or

Thanks to All Who
Have Contributed!

Kristi Adams

Paul Woodson

Kyle Rhoades

Karl Maurer

Cheryl Quinlan

Steven Hansen

Renee Burnett

Stephanie Becher

James Barnard

Roger White

John Oelerich

Sharon Keehn

Stan Schoonover

Emily Crocker

James Mullen

Anne Gallery

Kathy Svanascini

 Kaye Clements & Jeanne Triner

Peter Pappas

Denny Senseney

Michael Kamphuis

Jerri Moulder

George & Cindy Quinlan

Nancy Sabaj

Ronald Christoph

Candy White

William Henry

John Climer

Thanks to All Who
Have Contributed!

Alex Shapiro

Debbie Joiner Childress

Steven Michaels

Margaret Connolly

James Russell

Charles & Carol Emmons

Marjorie Pietkiewicz

Corinne McCoy

Tom Panici

Abigail Hall

Marcia Neel

Fidelity Charitable advised by Marc Jacoby

Quinlan & Fabish Music

George Pierard

Michael Heneghan

Edward Oberdieck

Mary Jo Papich

Richard Crain

Christopher Motogawa

Terril L Stumpf

Megan Zalokar

Fred Engler

Mike Rankin

Burton Hable

Katherine Schultz

Donna Novey

Cam Stasa

Music For All, Inc

Thanks to All Who
Have Contributed!

David Chernoff

Karen Kurtz

Eugene Weisman

Megan Zalokar

Fred Engler

MacArthur Foundation

Mike Rankin

Burton Hable

Katherine Schultz

Dr. Robert & Nancy Spetzler

Kirk Graves

City Club of Chicago

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Cheryl Suwardi

Jon Harris

Raymond Lee

Nancy Bieschke

Ed Colson

Cynthia Tovar

Robert Sinclair

John Armato

Joseph & Cathy Asher


VanderCook College of Music

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

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