THE BOWER SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Florida Gulf Coast University accepted its first class of music majors in the fall of 2006, nine years after the university opened its doors in 1997. The Bower School of Music was established with the support of a gift from Alan and Marilyn Korest in memory of Edwin H. Bower, Marilyn Korest’s father and a well-loved Naples philanthropist.
The Bower School of Music offers four degree programs: Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance, Bachelor of Music Therapy, and Bachelor of Arts in Music.
In the fall of 2010, the Bower School of Music moved into a new 23,000-square-foot, two-story signature facility overlooking a scenic lake and wetlands in a developing arts corridor on the main campus of the University. Already a destination site for the greater community, the building houses an attractive grand lobby; a 3,260-square-foot, 210-seat Recital Hall with superb acoustics and sightlines; a large rehearsal hall; faculty studios; practice rooms; classrooms; technology and keyboard laboratories; and a music ensemble library.