Thank You to Our Major Donors:

Mead Witter Foundation
Pamela O. Hamel and George Hamel
Paul and Carol Collins
William F. Vilas Trust
Lau and Bea Christensen
Jun and Sandy Lee
JoAnne and Donald Krause
Annette Kauffman
Margaret C. Winston
Diane Endres Ballweg
W. Jerome Frautschi
Dr. Robert and Linda Graebner
Jon E. Sorenson and David E. Bedri
Chun C. Lin
Peter and Jill Lundberg
Susan and Jonathan Lipp
David Myers in honor of Daniel Myers
Class of 1965

Additionally, hundreds of donors have dedicated seats in the main concert hall with personalized copper plaques. Honor a graduate, celebrate a professor, or memorialize a music lover with your gift of $1500 to the Hamel Music Center Fund. Name a Seat Today.

More on the Names Behind Our Named Spaces:

The Mead Witter Foundation

In 2015, a gift from the Mead Witter Foundation allowed the performance center to be constructed all at once, instead of in phases. “Though none of our family studied music at the UW, a fondness for music unites us,” said fourth-generation papermaking manufacturer and foundation chairman George W. Mead II in an earlier statement. Today, both the School of Music and the performance center’s concert hall are named in their honor.

Pamela O. and George Hamel

In 2007, a gift from Pamela O. Hamel and her husband, George Hamel Jr. ’80 allowed the university to begin the building’s design and construction in earnest. The Hamel family includes three generations of UW–Madison alumni—and one Badger alum daughter-in-law. George Hamel, a graduate in communication arts, co-founded and served as COO of ValueAct Capital, a San Francisco-based investment management firm. Today the Hamels run Hamel Family Wines, a 300-acre vineyard on in Sonoma Valley committed to organic and biodynamic family practices. As a nod to their alma matter, images of badgers make an appearance on their wine labels, floor mats, and more.

Paul and Carol Collins

A graduate of UW–Madison’s business school, Paul Collins ‘58 and his wife Carol pledged their support to the performance hall before an architect had even been named. Mr. Collins named this gift in honor of his mother, Adele Stoppenbach Collins, who graduated from the School of Music in 1929 and instilled in him a love of music. The Collins also have endowed multiple School of Music graduate fellowships and two School of Music professorships. The Collins Recital Hall honors their support.

Lau and Bea Christensen

Lau and Bea Christensen are well-known friends of the university and longtime members of the Mead Witter School of Music’s board of advisors. As active amateur musicians themselves, they believe “music is something you can enjoy forever, as a participant and as a listener. With the new Hamel Music Center,” they add, “you can do both!” The Lau & Bea Christensen Upper Lobby is named in honor of their support.

Sing Man and Florence Lee

Active arts philanthropists, Jun ’68, ’69, ’73 and Sandra Lee ’69 sit on the Mead Witter School of Music’s advisory board. The Sing Man & Florence Lee/Annette Kaufman Rehearsal Hall honors their match to a gift from the estate of Annette Kaufman. They named the hall in honor of Jun’s parents, Sing Man and Florence Lee, who share their love of music.

Annette Kaufman

Annette Kaufman (née Leibole) was an accomplished pianist and wife of violinist and concertmaster Louis Kaufman, who contributed to hundreds of movie soundtracks and made the first complete domestic recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. While living in Los Angeles in a house designed for them by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Kaufmans were generous patrons of the arts and benefactors to many cultural institutions. A native of North Dakota, Annette Kaufman published her late husband’s memoir, A Fiddler’s Tale: How Hollywood and Vivaldi Discovered Me, through the University of Wisconsin Press in September 2003.

The Daniel Gregg Myers Family

Following his untimely death the summer after his graduation from the Mead Witter School of Music, the family of Daniel Gregg Myers ’08 endowed a scholarship in name. Daniel began piano instruction at just six years old. By the time he was a teenager he know he wanted to make music his life’s work. While a music major in the School of Music, Daniel distinguished himself in his studies, and regularly and willing served as an accompanist for his fellow colleagues. Fittingly, one of two dressing rooms in the Hamel Music Center is named in Daniel’s honor.