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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.

The RESONANCE SERIES is a new guest lecture series brought to you by the OU School of Music and Jazz in June that connects OU students and Norman musicians with music professionals from around the world. Speakers will share their experiences, provide the future generation with insight into the industry and career paths, and answer questions students may have. Join us live in person or online for this unique opportunity to listen to, talk with, and ask questions of the music industry's most successful experts.