FSU Foundation

Esteemed Retired Professors Present Major Gift to Florida State

Photo of FSU professors Charles and Persis Rockwood

Retired FSU professors Charles and Persis Rockwood are donating $2.2 million to the College of Music to purchase a handmade pipe organ for Opperman Music Hall.

April 8, 2019

The Rockwoods are making a profoundly generous $2.2 million donation to build a one-of-a-kind pipe organ tailored specifically for Opperman Music Hall. The handmade Rockwood Organ at the College of Music will be among the finest in the nation — a landmark instrument that will enhance the prestige of FSU’s organ and sacred music programs, as well as the entire college.

“We are delighted to be able to make this gift,” said Charles Rockwood, who, along with Persis, has made a series of donations to FSU totaling $5 million. “We continue to be impressed by the College of Music and hope this organ will inspire students and patrons well beyond our years. We believe this investment serves as a fitting legacy for our commitment to Florida State and supports the College of Music’s strong tradition of exceptional musicianship.”