Coe College band rehearsal

Friends of Music at Coe (FOMAC)

Students playing instruments (FOMAC)

Friends of Music at Coe (FOMAC) is an organization formed in 1992 by friends and alumni of Coe who have joined in pursuit of three primary goals:

  • To establish closer ties between the Coe Music Department, alumni and friends in the Cedar Rapids community and beyond.
  • To build audiences for Coe Music Department performances and presentations.
  • To enhance educational opportunities for Coe students and the community by bringing guest artists on campus to perform with ensembles and to present master classes, lectures and recitals.
  • To support and enhance all Coe Music Department events for the benefit of its students and the community.

Friends of Music at Coe is committed to improving the communication between the College and the Cedar Rapids community. The Music Department organizes a recital/concert series with over 40 events each year, most of which are free. These include faculty recitals, student ensembles, and many guest artists in classical music and jazz. Our goal is to ensure that Coe's recital/concert series receives the community support it deserves.

FOMAC support has enabled us to bring world-class soloists, ensembles, conductors, clinicians, and master teachers to the Coe College campus.

Past Artists 

Orquesta Alto Maiz- Latino Jazz Ensemble Ed Huckeby, composer & conductor
Williams & Shanley Jazz Combo Ustad Khan, Classical Indian Fusion
Durward Chamber Ensemble Marcin Murawski, viola
Dana Hall, jazz percussionist Michael Nelson, trombone
Doug Talley, saxophonist Jerry Owen, composer
Martin & Shaneyfelt Chamber Concert Damani Phillips Quartet
Hardy & Tsachor Chamber Concert ¡Ritmocano!, Jazz combo
Brian Balmages, composer & conductor Gustavo Romero, piano
Joe Burgstaller, trumpeter Eugene Rousseau, saxophone
Amara Piano Quartet Oskar Espina Ruiz, clarinet
Sandip Burman, India Table Boland-Dowdall + One, chamber ensemble
Michelle Colton Duo Rodney Garnett, pan flute
Matt Conaway, composer & conductor Robert Sheldon, conductor & composer
John DeSalme Jr., saxophone David Shafer, composer & conductor
Teresa Walters, piano Michael J. Smith, clinician, percussion, & voice
Duo Contour, trumpet & percussion Robert W. Smith, composer & conductor
Ed East, Latin percussion Ann Marie Wilcox-Daehn, mezzo-soprano
Robert Edwards, piano Liang-yu Wang, piano
Timothy Gill, cello Jeff Weiler, theater organist
Axiom String Quartet Matt Wilson, percussion
Jarrard Harris, jazz saxophone Katie Wolfe, violin
Adam Meckler, trumpet & composer John Hines, voice

Your Contribution

Friends of Music at Coe welcomes contributions of all kinds, whether monetary of the giving of time and talents. Financial donations are encouraged at the following levels:

Level Gift Amount
Concerto ($1,000 and above)
Symphony ($500-$999)
Cantata ($250-$499)
Sonata ($100-$249)
Toccata ($50-$99)
Overture ($25-$49)

We welcome alternative contributions in the Comment for "Other" payment event in terms of services and assistance with Music Department performances, receptions, mailings, and other volunteer activities.

Click here to make a donation online