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About the OU School of Music

Dr. Roland Barrett, Director

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.


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.


Musical Opportunities

The musical life in Norman and on the OU campus is among the most exciting in the State and Midwest. In a typical academic year, the School of Music sponsors over 250 concerts and recitals. These performances include both faculty and student chamber recitals and concerts by bands, choruses, and orchestras sponsored by the School. Students may acquire complimentary tickets for all School of Music events, pending availability. 

The School of Music SUTTON MUSIC SERIES consists of performances by artist‐ faculty and major ensembles of the School of Music. This distinguished series was named after Dr. George Miksch Sutton who was a world‐famed ornithologist and a friend of the School of Music. Dr. Sutton gave funds to purchase one of the grand pianos on the Holmberg Hall stage within the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center and a bequest that helped build the recital hall in the final phase of the Catlett Music Center. Patrons attend Sutton Music Series concerts from Norman and the surrounding metropolitan area.

The SPENCER NORTON DISTINGUISHED MUSIC SERIES at the University of Oklahoma School of Music is dedicated to bringing to the OU Campus the very finest musical performers in the world. Named for and supported in part by a gift from the late Spencer Norton, distinguished George Lynn Cross Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Oklahoma, the Series spans all aspects of the School’s curriculum in an effort to expose students, faculty, the University community, and citizens of the State to outstanding talent in all areas of musical performance.

The MASALA WORLD SERIES at the University of Oklahoma is dedicated to bringing diverse cultural expressions to our campus and the School of Music. In India, the word masala means a mixture of spices and, beyond food, may apply in other contexts, such as musical fusions. The Masala Series presents concerts and workshops of world music. The goal of these events is to present a cross‐section of music and dance from around the globe that will provide students a live listening and hands‐on complement (through workshops) to what they are learning in world music/music and culture courses. Recent events have featured Persian classical music for the Nowruz Spring festival; North Indian‐Jazz fusion; the dance and drumming of the Afrikania Cultural Troup of Ghana, West Africa; and a steel band festival that brought together OU’s steel band with local high school groups along with national expert performers and teachers. These concerts are open to all students and encourage participation and engagement with the artists in workshops and after the concert event. 

The RUGGLES NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC SERIES highlights Native American music and dance of the First Peoples of North America. 

The NORTON LECTURE SERIES is a scholarly public lecture presented by the musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, and music education faculty of the University of Oklahoma School of Music.


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 adversity of activities and arts experiences.