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Did You Know?


• The William and Gayle Cook Music Library has over 650,000 catalogued items, including 104,800 scores and 150,000 sound recordings.


• Internationally renowned violinist Joshua Bell is a Jacobs School faculty member and alumnus, and was born in Bloomington.


• Leonard Bernstein spent six weeks here in 1982 working on his final opera, A Quiet Place. He had a long- standing relationship with the school that began in the early 1970s. In 2009, the Jacobs School received an unprecedented gift from Bernstein’s family that contains the contents of his Fairfield, Conn., composing studio.


• The new Seward Organ has almost 4,000 pipes, ranging in size from smaller than a pencil to 32 feet long.


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• 100% of Music Education graduates are placed in a teaching position.


• The Jacobs School of Music has over 14,000 alumni across the globe.


• IU Opera Theater is the only university opera company to appear on the stage of the Met. And the Metropolitan Opera Company made its first appearance on a university campus at IU.


• 60% of current students receive income from musical activities in and around Bloomington.


• There are 15 local and regional orchestras and ensembles employing current students.


• The Jacobs School of Music has the largest collection of Steinway Orchestral Concert Grand pianos in one location in the world.


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