NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Friends of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University will host a fundraiser for the School of Music that will give the community and contributors an entertaining “behind-the-scenes” look at the school and its talented faculty and students.

 “Up Close and Personal” will be presented from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building on the SFA campus. Beginning with an opening reception in the lobby of Cole Concert Hall, participants will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar and bid on silent auction items.

The Friends of Music have adopted the slogan “Let’s Keep the Music Playing” in an effort to broaden the donor base for the School of Music, to acquaint more people in the community with the outstanding music program and to “demonstrate why we all need to support it,” said Susie Lower, Friends of Music co-chair for fundraising.

“So much of our community is unaware of the excellent reputation our School of Music has throughout the state or how much business it brings to the Nacogdoches area through its many programs, workshops, summer camps and competitions,” said Carolyn Andrews, Friends of Music board present and fundraising co-chair.

Dr. Gary Wurtz, director of the School of Music, and music professors Deborah Dalton, Stephen Lias, Jen Dalmas and Kayla Roth will give interactive presentations that will prove both fun and informative. The SFA Faculty Brass, as well as Dr. Brad Meyer and the Percussion Ensemble, will perform and engage audience members as well.

There is no charge for admission, but donations to “keep the music playing” will be accepted. Reservations and/or credit card donations are accepted by calling (936) 468-6407. Checks should be made payable to SFASU with “Up Close and Personal” in the memo line.