Music at Oregon State is a dynamic community full of passionate people. We offer rigorous degree programs in music taught by experts in their fields. Not only do our students receive an impressive amount of individual attention from faculty, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive program within the School of Arts and Communication.
Music programs filter into the lives of students across camps, no matter what their major is. Four percent of the OSU student body is enrolled in a music program. Of those enrolled, 80 percent are in a performance ensemble and 86 percent of those enrolled in performance ensembles are not music majors. We know that accessibility to these programs enhances the lives of many Oregon State students.
All Oregon State students have the opportunity to select music as a minor. Through small class sizes, students have the advantage of working closely with their music professors while studying within the larger context of a major research university.
Our position in the newly formed School of Arts and Communication has allowed for growth and expansion relating to faculty and programs, and has created the opportunity for new collaborations with colleagues and disciplines within and beyond the College of Liberal Arts.
In 2013, the School of Arts and Communication, in which music is housed, received a $5 million gift to advance the arts at Oregon State. The anonymous gift establishes endowments for four faculty positions in the school, including a new director of the performing arts who will expand and promote arts programs at OSU and interface with arts organizations in the area.
The gift will further help Oregon State—and music—continue a vibrant relationship with the Northwest arts scene.
Music students and faculty from Oregon State contribute to the arts in many ways. Not only are they performing in a variety of ensembles and individual recitals in Oregon and beyond, they are supporting young musicians and future audience members through student teaching and volunteering in public schools; hosting choir, orchestra, and band festivals; offering private lessons to youth and continuing education opportunities for music teachers; sharing their talent at fundraising events for non-profit and service organizations; and teaching music to youth in after school and summer programs.
Some exciting, recent additions to music at OSU include a minor in popular music studies through our successful, nationally-ranked E-campus program; new faculty positions dedicated to performance and technology; and new collaborations between the arts and engineering.