How to Donate

Donations to the Amarillo College Music Department and AC Suzuki Program are made through the Amarillo College Foundation through the link below:

Donations to the Music Department can also be accepted in the Music Office in Room 304 of the Music Building to be processed through the AC Foundation, and inquiries are made by contacting the Music Department directly:

Call (806) 371-5340 or Send Email

"Perhaps it is music that will save the world."

— Pablo Casals


Building the Future...

Mission and Accreditation

The Mission of the Amarillo College Music Department is "to be a center of musical learning and cultural enrichment within the community of Amarillo and the surrounding Panhandle of Texas, by providing a comprehensive two-year musical curriculum for transfer students, elective courses for the non-music major, musical training for younger students, and performance opportunities in various ensembles for students and members of the community."

One of only a handful of 2-year institutions in the nation to be so, Amarillo College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. We currently offer an Associate of Science degree in Music which is designed to transfer to any four-year public institution in the state of Texas.


  1. Train EXCELLENT performers (soloists and ensembles) with transferable and marketable skills.
  2. Provide experience with wide-repertoire of genres, cultures, styles.
  3. Enroll a robust mix of music majors, non-music majors, community and pre-college members to consistently meet first two points.

How Your Dollars Can Help

By giving to one of the music funds below or establishing a new one through the AC Foundation, you affirm and make possible the importance of quality music education and performance for young children, college students, and adult learners throughout the Texas Panhandle.

Music Department Support

  • Music Department Support Fund - Recently established through a bequest, donations to this unrestricted fund are used in whatever way best serves the needs of the students, faculty and staff of the AC Music Department.
  • Piano Support Fund - Donations to this fund are used specifically for procurement of replacement pianos and/or upkeep of the current piano inventory.
  • Choral Music Support Fund - Donations to this fund are used to enhance the choral offerings of the AC Music Department.
  • June Jazz Support Fund - Donations to this fund are used to support the June Jazz Series 
  • Art Force Amarillo College Piano Series - Donations to this fund are used to support the Art Force AC Piano Series

Music Scholarships

For academically-enrolled students

  • Amarillo Music Teachers Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Art Force Choral Music Scholarship Fund
  • Art Force Music Scholarship Fund
  • Art Force Opera Scholarship Fund
  • J. D. Byrd Opera Scholarship Fund
  • Louise Dickens Conway String Scholarship Fund
  • David E. Davenport Music Scholarship Fund
  • Robert E. Hoffman Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Arther E. Nizzi Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • C. N. and Judy Noble Music Scholarship Fund
  • Jonnie Rowan Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • John Trout Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Perkins-Olivier Memorial Scholarship Fund

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Suzuki Program Support

  • Suzanne Grooms Suzuki Fund - Established by and named for AC Suzuki program founder Suzanne Grooms, this fund is used to help offset the gap between tuition and operating expenses. This includes bringing faculty salaries to a level more commensurate with their expertise and providing training scholarships for program teachers and students.
  • Helen and Nancy Gerald Memorial String Scholarship Fund (Endowed) - Established in perpetuity with only the produced income being used, this fund provides teacher and student scholarships to promote the success of the Suzuki Program, emphasizing the cello component. 
  • Suzuki String Program Fund (Endowed) - This fund is established in perpetuity with only the produced income being used to help offset the gap between tuition and operating expenses. This includes providing financial aid for deserving children and work-study opportunities.
  • Suzuki Support Fund (Non-Endowed) - Gifts made to the Suzuki support Fund may be used for immediate program needs and projects, including the Helen Gerald Suzuki Memorial Library, annual guest clinicians, and supplementing annual tuition for all Suzuki students to keep rates within reach of a majority of area families.

Planned Giving

When you include the Amarillo College Music Department, AC Suzuki Program, or other designee in your will, trust, or general estate plans, you make a substantial contribution to our future and continuing success. Please contact the Amarillo College Foundation at (806) 371-5107 or visit for more information.