Music performance

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Undergraduate degrees:
BMus in composition, jazz studies, performance, or preteacher licensure (emphasis in choral, elementary-general, or instrumental)
BA in general music, history-literature, or theory

BS in general music or music technology
Undergraduate minor in music

About the Major

The University of Oregon School of Music and Dance is the premier higher education institution of music in the Pacific Northwest.

The school has the largest full-time, in-residence music faculty on the West Coast north of Los Angeles. Our renowned faculty members actively perform and present research locally, nationally, and internationally, giving you a first-hand look into the lives of artists and scholars.

Music performance majors enjoy weekly in-studio lessons from faculty experts. The school offers large ensembles, as well as individual attention from our approachable, engaged professors.

As a UO musician, you’ll immerse yourself in our community of artists and scholars who learn together, perform together, and socialize together. We welcome risk-takers—our students and faculty experiment and innovate in a supportive environment that feels like a family.

UO large ensembles emphasize highly varied musical styles and genres, large and small group experiences, and a commitment to preparing the musicians of tomorrow.

Large Instrumental Ensembles

  • University Symphony Orchestra
  • Oregon Wind Ensemble
  • Oregon Symphonic Band
  • Campus Band
  • Campus Orchestra
  • Oregon Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Lab Bands II and III
  • Athletic bands, including the Oregon Marching Band, Oregon Basketball Band, and Garter Bands

Large Choral Ensembles

  • Chamber Choir
  • University Singers
  • Repertoire Singers
  • Concert Choir
  • Gospel Singers
  • Gospel Ensemble
  • Gospel Choir
  • Opera Ensemble

More Info

  • The Frohnmayer Music Building features dozens of studios and private rehearsal rooms, as well as an inviting central courtyard and numerous couches and benches to meet friends between classes.
  • Nothing can match the feeling that accompanies performing in the 520-seat Beall Concert Hall, a space equally accommodating for intimate chamber music performances and large ensemble concerts.
  • A 2008 upgrade to the Frohnmayer Music Building added new student practice rooms and created the 2,800-square-foot Aasen-Hull Hall. A sleek, modern, multiuse rehearsal and performance space, Aasen-Hull is situated adjacent to the jazz and percussion areas of the school and is connected to a state-of-the-art recording studio.
  • The UO School of Music and Dance presents approximately 300 concerts and events each year, featuring visiting professors, guest artists, faculty artists, and student ensembles. Styles ranges from contemporary dance to African dance, and from early and classical music to new music, world music, and jazz.

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