A Letter from the Dean

You have an important choice ahead of you.

We know that a career in the arts is not always the simplest path. It takes a person with vision, with insight, someone who imagines things a bit more vividly.

We also know that twenty-first-century arts students—whether they specialize in performing, teaching, creating, or researching—represent a new breed. They appreciate diversity in genre, medium, performance venue, and teaching style. They’re smart. They’re entrepreneurial. They respect tradition and canon, and use them as building blocks to construct something new. They’re ready to take chances.

And so are we.

As the largest and most comprehensive music and dance program in the Pacific Northwest, the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance has been guiding scholars, artists, dreamers, and performers like you for more than a century.

Our dedicated faculty members pride themselves in engaging students individually, while maintaining their own schedules of presentations and performances nationally and abroad.

Our roster of special guest teachers connects students with the "real world" of working artists, featuring such luminaries as Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, John Perry, Heidi Duckler, Ronald K. Brown, Gabriel Masson, George Crumb, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, and the Juilliard String Quartet. And of course the internationally renowned Oregon Bach Festival offers an unparalleled chance to learn from one of America’s great music festivals.

Our students enjoy numerous performance opportunities through more than thirty school ensembles, and through regional symphonies, ensembles, operas, ballets, and contemporary dance companies.

Our newly expanded and improved facilities provide us with a high-quality environment where students can learn, teach, practice, and perform. Enhanced technology, the finest quality pianos and instrumental equipment, and superior recording capabilities all contribute to an enhanced educational environment.

So plan a visit. Connect with us online, or on Facebook or Twitter. Apply for admission. And most importantly, choose Oregon.


Brad Foley, Dean