School of Music


School of Music Spring Updates

Spring 2021

The School of Music at the University of Puget Sound is committed to ensuring the safety of all our faculty, staff and students. Music faculty have collaborated to building a FAQ for Hybrid Learning in Spring 2021.

The School of Music has also published a Return to Campus Plan for music students.

Spring semester juries will occur remotely. All jury videos are due to department heads no later than noon on Monday, May 10. 

Please visit the Spring 2021 dashboard for the most up-to-date information from the university regarding the semester.

Anthony McGill, clarinet

Upcoming Noon Convocations

Join us for Noon Convocations featuring guest artists, speakers, and student performances. Tune in to Schneebeck Live on select Wednesdays from 12-1:30 P.M. PT for our remaining convocations:

April 28: Anthony McGill clarinet master class 
May 5: Student Performances

As the Smoke Clears

Jazz Orchestra records their first album

The Puget Sound Jazz Orchestra is currently recording their first album, “As the Smoke Clears.” This five-track album features arrangements and original songs by former and current Puget Sound students and faculty. 

“As the Smoke Clears” embodies the Jazz Orchestra's mission statement to educate and edify underserved Tacoma community music programs and amplify the voices of Black and LGBTQ+ composers and performers.  The album fuses the platforms of jazz and hip-hop music with messages of social and racial justice.

Sphinx Organization Residency

Sphinx Organization Residency: School of Music Collaborates with Community Partners for Diversity in the Arts

The School of Music, in partnership with African American Studies, Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association, and the Tacoma Youth Chorus, hosts a collaborative virtual residency with Sphinx, a Detroit-based national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. 

Visit our Music News page for more information.

Black Lives Matter

Music making is not a neutral act. We are conscious that our performances and curricular planning can contribute to systemic injustices that enable racism to continue. We aim to better understand the cultural values that have shaped the sounds we study, create, and perform. We aim to confront those values which have excluded or diminished people of color.

We are ready to listen and to act.

Read the statement from School of Music faculty & staff

New Minor Track: Minor in Musical Inquiry

The School of Music now offers two minors designed to welcome music-loving students with a broad range of interests and backgrounds: the Minor in Music with Applied Studies and the Minor in Musical Inquiry!

An information session was hosted on October 19 - log in with your Puget Sound Credentials to watch the recording. Anyone interested in learning more is encouraged to contact Prof. Gwynne Brown.

Visit our Minor Requirements page for more details.