OU School of Music
A comprehensive music program with a world-class faculty offering performance and academic opportunities with the support of financial aid programs. The School of Music is in the heart of the OU Arts District.
The University of Oklahoma School of Music offers students a world-class environment with state-of-the-art technology for performance, composition and study.
Upcoming Events & Announcements
Benton-Schmidt Voice Competition
Deadline January 15, 2017
$30,000 in graduate voice scholarships. Scholarship prizes are for the academic year beginning Fall 2017.
New Quartet Established for String Students in the OU School of Music
There’s a new string quartet in town. A generous gift from Marvin Lamb, University of Oklahoma School of Music faculty member, established an endowed fund to create the Claeys Quartet in the OU School of Music. The student string quartet honors Lamb’s late wife, Mary Susan Claeys.
The quartet is comprised of School of Music undergraduate students. The program emphasizes great teaching and learning experiences in orchestral and chamber music repertoire and is coached by Hal Grossman, associate professor of violin.
Eligible students audition for the elite group each year and the student musicians selected will receive financial assistance to support formal coaching and performances. This year’s members are Elizabeth Frazier, Anthony Conroy, Freya Downey and Madelynn Huff.
The quartet will perform on campus Nov. 30 at the OU String Chamber Music recital and Nov. 13 at the Rivermont Adult Community Center.
“The Claeys String Quartet endowment is an important and exciting addition to the School of Music,” Grossman said. “I’m so grateful to Dr. Lamb for his generosity and I am honored to have worked with him on this project and to see it to fruition. The Claeys String Quartet enables us to attract a unique caliber of undergraduate string players to both the OU Symphony and to our string program. Our inaugural group of young musicians is confirmation of that.”
Claeys, the endowment namesake, held a masters of music degree in music therapy from the University of Kansas and was a nationally board certified practitioner. She was a leader in the field of music therapy and was published in books and scholarly journals on hospice topics, as well as traumatic brain injury — the latter being one of her proudest accomplishments in a very productive and successful career.
Lamb currently is professor of music composition in the OU School of Music. His professional works have been performed by the Czech National Symphony, the Orchestra del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the New York Chamber Orchestra, the U.S. Army Band and the Nashville Contemporary Brass Quintet. His professional career spans nearly 50 years in music education and administration, including holding the title of dean at both the Baylor University School of Music in Waco, Texas and the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts at the OU.
About The OU School of Music
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.