• Master Your Talent

    Oklahoma's only comprehensive music school with full-time faculty in all areas and degree programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.

    • Pride
    • Tradition
    • Community
    • World-class Arts & Academics
  • Musical Opportunities

    Through musical performance, students gain confidence, refine their skills and techniques, and get to share their creative talents with others.

    • Numerous performance opportunities
    • Over 40 student ensembles
    • Over 300 concerts and recitals per year
  • High Standards of Achievements

    The OU School of Music ranks among the best in the region with a national reputation for both scholarly and performing excellence.

    From our faculty and students to our facilities and technology, OU accepts only the best.

  • Affordability

    OU has consistently been designated as one of America's 100 Best College Buys by Institutional Research & Evaluation.

    • Costs are moderate
    • Excellent scholarship and financial aid programs
    • Among the country's best scholarship, tuition waiver, and graduate assistant programs
  • Community

    OU is one of the very few public universities to twice receive the Templeton Foundation Awards as a "Character Building College" for stressing the value of community.

    • Build life-long networking relationships with classmates and teachers
    • Top 10 nationally in the Freshman Year Experience

Welcome to the OU School of Music

Dr. Larry Mallett, Director ( bio )

The School of Music at the University of Oklahoma maintains its proud traditions while offering visionary programs that prepare students for an evolving and diverse future. An institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1931, the OU School of Music is the only comprehensive music program in Oklahoma. We offer degrees at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels in all areas of music performance, composition, education, history and theory. With 60+ full-time faculty members and 450 music majors, the School of Music presents over 400 performance and scholarly events each year. Our world-class music faculty is augmented by an outstanding music facility that includes four state-of-the-art performance halls and a comprehensive Fine Arts Library. School of Music graduates occupy prestigious academic and performance positions worldwide. Please explore this website in depth to learn more about the OU School of Music, and I invite you to visit our campus to witness how music is a part of the exciting campus life at the University of Oklahoma.

School of Music - Mission Statement

The Mission of the School of Music at The University of Oklahoma is to advance learning, teaching, scholarly and creative activity, and service. Faculty and students will actively promote and contribute to the teaching profession, discover knowledge as performers and researchers, and enhance the discipline of music through professional service at the national and international levels. Established in 1903, the School of Music was the second School established on the OU campus and has been an Institutional Member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1931. The only doctoral granting music school in Oklahoma, the OU School of Music will serve its constituents through the artistic and scholarly productivity of its faculty, students and alumni. The University of Oklahoma will award music degrees in the areas of composition, education, musicology, performance and theory. The School of Music at OU will maintain its traditions while offering programs that prepare students for an evolving and diverse future.

Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts - Mission Statement

The mission of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts is to provide the highest quality performance, exhibition, teaching, creative activity and research through a diversity of activities and arts experiences.

Mark Allen Everett Fellowship for Graduate String Students

  • 0.5 FTE Graduate Assistantship
  • $15,000 Stipend per year
  • Tuition waiver assistance
  • Health coverage
  • Open to MM and DMA string students for Fall 2013

OU American Organ Institute Awarded Grammy Foundation Grant for the Preservation of 1920s Organ Collection

The University of Oklahoma’s American Organ Institute Archive and Library will preserve and provide public access to a unique organ recording collection with a first-ever grant from the GRAMMY Foundation. With this funding, the Institute continues its contribution to the legacy of organ music and the GRAMMY Foundation’s mission to preserve the nation’s vast recorded heritage.

"This grant is another example of the national and international stature of OU’s American Organ Institute," said OU President David L. Boren. "It plays a crucial part in the preservation of the role of organ music in our society."

The $20,000 grant will allow the Institute to restore the collection’s most treasured items, some of which are made of paper. The collection consists of 760 original and irreplaceable master organ player rolls (weighing in at 16 tons) produced by the Möller Pipe Organ Co. in the early 1920s, including organ arrangements by notable performers of the 20th century.

"This grant from the GRAMMY Foundation recognizes the extreme cultural and musical value of the Möller master rolls held by the American Organ Institute at the OU School of Music," said Institute Director John Schwandt. "This is an important part of our mission to preserve the musical tradition of the pipe organ and reintroduce it to modern audiences in new and exciting ways, and we look forward to the time when we are able to present the finished product of this project to the public."

The collection also includes a one-of-a-kind perforator mechanism used to create daughter rolls from master rolls. The master rolls are made of heavy bonded paper and were cut by hand. They are significant for their musical content and value to the history of the process involved in making this music. Many well-known artists of that period recorded for Möller. Classical, jazz, popular, patriotic and religious music of the early 20th century can be reproduced in full fidelity. The specific technology used in creating the master rolls was proprietary and cannot be duplicated, Schwandt said. If they are not restored, the technology and the music will be lost, he said.

The technology for player rolls had been around for hundreds of years before Möller perfected the art form. The player rolls produced from these master rolls were fed into Möller’s Artiste roll player mechanisms for performances on pipe organs in private residences, music halls, funeral parlors and churches. The Möller system is recognized by many as the best roll player system ever created by an organ firm. The Institute is restoring an Artiste player to be installed on the Möller Municipal Symphonic Organ Opus 5819 in OU’s Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall. In this way, modern audiences can hear live performances of music created more than 80 years ago.

Nearly forgotten for decades, the rolls are in delicate condition – each roll is needing conservation work as soon as possible. The preservation and digitization of these rolls will result in much greater access to the rolls and the music contained within them. The Institute regularly offers opportunities for the public to view the entire collection, the restoration of the one-of-a- kind Möller perforator mechanism and ongoing organ restoration work.

Led by Schwandt, the Institute’s program has grown in number of students and stature. The academic program emphasizes organ performance, church music and organ technology, and a theatrical organ and silent film accompaniment curriculum is being designed. The pipe organ workshop is home to the restoration of the Möller Opus 5819, acquired in 2006 for the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall at the OU School of Music. OU is the only university in the nation with a complete working pipe organ shop devoted to teaching.

For more information about OU’s American Organ Institute and opportunities to view the ongoing restoration work, visit the website at http://aoi.ou.edu.

Friends and donors to the OU School of Music help us to prepare distinguished composers, conductors, instrumentalists, music educators, and vocalists. In order to assure OU's continued legacy of training the artistic leaders of tomorrow, the School of Music relies on the generosity of its friends. Gifts to OU are deeply appreciated and provide an essential source of support for our talented young students who need help to meet the rising costs of their education, as well as for enhancements in educational programs, faculty compensation, and renovations to the School of Music facilities.

General Information

Your contribution to the OU School of Music will help educate the next generation of musicians. OU depends upon the financial support of alumni, friends, foundations, and corporations to maintain its position as a leading educational institution in the performing arts.

Your contribution in any amount makes a difference. Gifts may be unrestricted or may be directed toward a particular discipline, such as composition, conducting, singing or performance, or toward a special activity. We would be pleased to discuss areas you would most like to support.

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Benton-Schmidt Graduate Voice Competition Application

Please click here to apply for the Benton-Schmidt Scholarship.

Audition Dates

Audition Dates for Fall 2014 Undergraduate AdmissionAreas
December 9, 2013Piano only
January 13, 2014Piano only
February 7, 2014Piano only
February 14, 2014Piano only
February 17, 2014All areas
February 21, 2014All areas (except Piano)
February 22Piano only
March 1, 2014All areas
March 8, 2014Voice only
May 5, 2014Piano only

If you are interested in Spring 2014 admission, please contact Brian Dobbins.

Spring 2014 streaming will be available for the following concerts:

  • February 9 – OU Symphony Orchestra 3pm Sharp Hall
  • February 20 – OU Wind Symphony 8pm Sharp Hall
  • March 13 – Spring Choral Concert – OU Choirs 8pm Sharp Hall
  • March 29 – Boggess Series Concert
  • April 12 – OU President’s Concert 8pm Reynolds Performing Arts Center
  • April 26 – OU Concerto Gala, OU Symphony Orchestra

Live Concert Stream

Audio streaming will be available below for Sharp Hall Concerts.

If you would like to listen to our audio stream in your default streaming application, click here to tune in .

The University of Oklahoma's Summer Woodwind Workshop, June 3-5, 2013. http://ouimtw.ou.edu

OU Kodály Level I, July 8-19, 2013; Tulsa, OK
OU Kodály Level II, June 17-28, 2013; Norman, OK

Don’t miss this opportunity to pursue Kodály certification under the direction of dynamic, experienced, creative teachers! Levels II in Norman, OK. Credit, audit, and non-credit options are available.

The University of Oklahoma Bi-annual Seminar for Piano Teachers is a three-day seminar is designed for those teaching elementary, intermediate and advanced piano.

Student & Faculty Successes
The Crouse String Quartet has been selected as the 2014 fellowship quartet at the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival. The Festival runs from July 28- August 9. The Crouse String Quartet members all hold graduate assistantships at OU.
Composition graduate, Joe Hasper, is writing arrangements for upcoming Pops Concert given by the Coachella Valley Symphony, featuring lyric soprano Lisa Lindley. The music includes selections from La Boheme and Phantom of the Opera as well as pop and jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. 
Congratulations to vocalist Jack Swanson on placing first in the 2014 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition. The Hal Leonard Vocal Competition is the only event of its kind for qualifying undergraduate singers up to age 23 for all of the U.S. and Canada.
Jennifer Saltzstein, Associate Professor of Musicology, was selected for a 2014 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends Award.
Congratulations to students Jake Johnson (MA in musicology from OU, 2009) and Kacie Morgan (BMA in viola, Spring 2014) on their admission to the PhD program in musicology at UCLA. The musicology program at UCLA was recently ranked the no.1 program in the country in the National Research Council Survey of PhD programs.
Davis Dorrough, MM Piano Performance/Pedagogy graduate received the 2014 Studio StAR Studio Teacher Fellowship Award, from MTNA at Music Teachers National Association Convention in Chicago.
Sophomore BME Student DJ Handy won first place in the Percussion Division of the Ladies Music Club (LMC) of OKC Music Scholarship Competition. 1st Alternate went to Jake McClendon, OU Junior BMA student and 2nd Alternate went to Devin Garza, OU Junior BME student.
Bassoon student Matt Matheny won first place in the Woodwind/Brass Division of the Ladies Music Club (LMC) of OKC Music Scholarship Competition. Matt and his accompanist, Anna Ho, delivered a first rate performance of the Devienne G minor Sonata (II) and the Pierne: Solo de Concert. This achievement marks the second solo competition that Matt has won in the past two weeks.
Freshman Bassoonist, Matthew Matheny was awarded First Prize in the Collegiate Division of the Midwest Double Reed Society's (MDRS) Young Artist Competition. MDRS encompasses a six state region and is the oldest of the regional double reed societies. The University of Oklahoma proudly hosted this year's competition.
Katie Acone won the Young Artist Competition of the Oklahoma Community Orchestra and will perform her Rachmaninov Concerto on April 15th with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra!
Percussionist Brandon Wong who was named as one of two over-all winners of the 2014 Young Artist Competition for the Oklahoma Community Orchestra! Brandon will perform the Gillingham Marimba Concerto on April 15 with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra and then will perform the Concerto on the OU Concerto Showcase concert on April 26th.
The Benton-Schmidt Competition was early February in the Reynold's Performing Arts Center. Darren Drone, Arkansas Tech, won 1st place. Olivia Vadnais, Carnegie-Melon, took 2nd, and 3rd was shared by Isaiah Feken, University of Tulsa, and Andrew Wannigman, New England Conservatory. Congratulations to all our winners!
Voice student Nicole Robertson DMA, won the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions and would be going forward to the Regional Auditions
Adam Pajan, student of Organ Professor Jeremy Wance, is featured on the nationally-syndicated “Pipedreams” from Minnesota Public Radio.
Saxophone profesor Dr. Jonathan Nichol's song Sparkle, a work recorded with Billband, made the NPR Music's top 100 songs of 2013.
Graduate student Cassie Keogh has been selected to participate at ClarinetFest 2014 this coming July.
Graduate Drew Mangus won the 2nd horn position with the West Point Military Band.
Dr. Dan Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Oboe, performed a recital at the International Double Reed Society, held this year at the University of Redlands, California. Additionaly, his piece "Sonata for Oboe" was published and distributed through one of the largest purveyors of double reed music in the country.
Adam Pajan placed first by a unanimous jury decision at the prestigious Ruth & Clarence Mader National Organ Competition. Adam was one of three selected finalists, the other two hailing from Korea and China.
Justin Swift, a Junior Music Ed major, auditioned and won principal oboe of the National Intercollegiate Honor Band, held this year in Massachusetts.
Beth Mattingly of Norman, who is working toward a doctoral degree in music education with an emphasis in Kodály at the University of Oklahoma, has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to conduct research at the Kodály Institute in Hungary.
Kyle Vandenbur's electroacoustic piece, Blueprints of Eternity, has been accepted to the International Computer Music Conference 2013

Congratulations to the following Music Education graduate students for having their research studies accepted for presentation at the 2014 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education Conference – April 10-12 in St. Louis, MO:  

Elizabeth Maughan (Ph.D. 2013)
Kathleen Taylor
Chris Barber
Lani Garner
Kelsey Appleby

The NAfME conference is a national conference that attracts the finest music education researchers throughout the nation.  Please join me in congratulating these individuals as they prepare to represent the University of Oklahoma at this prestigious event.

Congratulations to Kristen Beeves, MM horn, for placing first in the Brass Division of the OMTA State Young Artist Competition.  She will compete in the Southwest Regional Division in January 2014.
Former graduate, Drew Mangus (BM 2011), recently won the 2nd horn position with the West Point Academy Band.
The Giulio Gari Foundation presents a lifetime achievement award to renowned Metropolitan Opera star baritone and OU Faculty member Kim Josephson, Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the New York Athletic Club, New York City.
Eldon Matlick, Professor of Horn, was part of the distinguished panel of judges for the collegiate division of the International Horn Competition of America. The event was held at the University of Louisville on August 28-Sept. 1. Three Sooner hornists competed, Kristen Beeves (MM), Chandler Forrest (BME), and Melissa Byars (BM).
Chase Ward, Violin Performance Major, was awarded a fellowship to the Marrowstone Music Festival this summer in Bellingham, WA.  Chase is one of six fellowship students  awarded full tuition to the university division of the Festival.  Other fellowship recipients this year are violin students from the New England Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music.
Eldon Matlick, Prof. of Horn, has been selected to perform at the 2013 International Horn Society Symposium, July 29 – Aug.3. Dr. Matlick will premiering Gina Gille's 'To the Seasons' and will be assisted by voice professor, Donna Cox. In addition, Dr. Matlick has been charged with organizing an All-Star Horn Ensemble that will be featured on the concluding concert at the Symposium.
Irvin Wagner, a School of Music faculty member at the University of Oklahoma received the 2013 Neill Humfeld Award at the International Trombone Festival held at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University.
Adam Pajan was awarded the Firmin Swinnen 2nd Prize in the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition.
Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Saltzstein on the publication of her new book The Refrain and the Rise of the Vernacular in Medieval French Music and Poetry, Gallica Series 30 (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2013)