Florida Gulf Coast University
Bower School of Music & the Arts

Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance
Bachelor of Music Education
Bachelor of Music Therapy
Bachelor of Arts in Music

More information on degrees, here.

About the FGCU Bower School of Music & the Arts:

Through specialized curricula and extensive general education offerings, the Bower School of Music seeks to prepare professionals for service, provide rich musical opportunities for students and furnish cultural enrichment for the Southwest Florida community and beyond.

A State of Florida allocation of $11.6 million funded this extraordinarily beautiful and highly functional facility for the Bower School of Music.

Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music honored Alan and Marilyn Korest, for their support in establishing the Bower School of Music, with a groundbreaking ceremony for the Music Education and Performance Building on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009.

The building serves music students, faculty, the campus, and the community.  At the dedication ceremony, FGCU President Wilson G. Bradshaw concurred, “Through music instruction, performance, community service and outreach, the Bower School of Music enhances the cultural offerings and improves the quality of life for all who live, work and play in this region.”

The new 23,000 square-foot, two-story, building is already a destination site for the greater community.  Overlooking a scenic lake and wetlands on the main campus of the University, the building is one in a series of structures within a developing pedestrian corridor for the arts.  This corridor will eventually include an art gallery, theatre, and other arts facilities to come.

The Bower School of Music’s new building is an innovative blend of art, design and function.  A comfortable, attractive grand lobby welcomes students and visitors.  The focal point in the lobby is a prominent commemorative wall of honor designed and engraved by Sanibel artisan Lucas Century and featuring Mr. Century’s eloquent porcelain tile, full-wall mural, “Water Symphony”.

The 3,260-square-foot, 196-seat U. Tobe Recital Hall features superb acoustics, a generous stage, good sightlines, and plush seating with ample personal space.  Next to the Recital Hall is the equally impressive Marilyn Bower Korest Rehearsal Hall.  This versatile 3,000 square-foot hall with state-of-the art acoustical treatment is ideally suited for band, orchestra, and choral practices.  The rehearsal hall is a laboratory for students and visitors to view rehearsals from unique, glass observation decks that allow for observation and discussion without interruption.  The Music Building’s performance spaces are served by secured equipment storage areas with direct access to the education wing.

Florida Saxophone Day


Guest Artists: TBD

The Florida Saxophone Day at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Bower School of Music & the Arts is a day of clinics, master classes, and performances on the beautiful campus of FGCU for saxophonists.

Hosted by saxophonists J. Michael Weiss-Holmes (FGCU Professor of Saxophone) with Featured Guest Artist TBA

Cost of attendance: $TBD — online payment and registration required prior to event.

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