Initiated in 1976 and funded since 1980 through the generosity of the Meadows Foundation, the Lyceum Series offers Baylor students and the surrounding community an opportunity to observe, listen, and participate in an exciting program of “mini-residencies” by some of the world’s foremost musical authorities. The Lyceum Series has grown from meager beginnings to a model program that is respected throughout the state and nation. Many individuals from outside the Waco area have made an annual practice of attending these events, and the concerts offered through the Lyceum Series attract music lovers from as far away as Austin, College Station, and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Lyceum Series activities vary with the specific guest. In applied music, the presentation most often takes the form of master classes, in which the master teacher works with individual students or small ensembles in front of a group. In this way, a large number of people can gain from the musical insights of the guest instructor. Guest artists may give recitals, speak to classes, hold informal discussions, or, in the case of visiting composers, present lecture-recitals in which their works are performed along with explanations directly from the composer. All Lyceum Series events are open to the public and free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the Meadows Foundation of Dallas, Texas.