Facts About the School of Music

The School of Music at the University of Puget Sound is unique in offering a comprehensive music program within a nationally recognized liberal arts college. Its accomplished faculty is committed to guiding students toward outstanding achievements in performance, scholarship, and teaching. The School of Music serves a diverse population, offering course and performance opportunities for hundreds of students each term while providing a rich curriculum for music majors and minors. It offers cultural and intellectual enrichment to all Puget Sound students through music classes, ensembles, and performance study.

The rigorous curriculum and extensive performance opportunities prepare students for a diverse range of careers and provide all students opportunities to pursue music study. Through frequent concerts, master classes, festivals, clinics, recitals, and a vibrant Community Music Department, the School of Music enriches the cultural climate of both the Puget Sound campus and the surrounding community.

The University of Puget Sound is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Business
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance
  • Bachelor of Music in Composition
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Minor in Music with Applied Studies
  • Minor in Musical Inquiry

Ensembles 

  • Adelphian Concert Choir (mixed ensemble, auditioned)
  • Dorian Singers (female ensemble, auditioned)
  • Jazz Orchestra (auditioned)
  • Symphony Orchestra (auditioned)
  • Wind Ensemble (auditioned)
  • Voci d'Amici (mixed ensemble, selected from Adelphian Concert Choir)
  • Chorale (unauditioned)
  • Concert Band (non-auditioned)
  • Chamber music groups in strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion

Clubs                                                    

  • Curtain Call (music theater review)
  • CWMEA (Collegiate Washington Music Educators' Association) 
  • Garden Level (male a cappella)
  • Logger Pep Band      
  • MuSAC (Music Student Advisory Committee)
  • Sigma Alpha Iota (women's music fraternity)
  • The Timbermen (male a cappella quartet)
  • Underground Sound (mixed a cappella)
  • What She Said (female a cappella) 

Students

  • School of Music: 80 majors and 40 minors.
  • General students: Over 400 students, majors and non-majors, participate in the School of Music, either in courses, studio instruction, or our performing groups.
  • Community Music: Over 500 students from the Puget Sound region enrolled weekly through traditional studio instruction, Kindermusik, Suzuki violin and piano, chamber music, musical theater, and harp ensemble.

Faculty

  • Full-time faculty and their teaching areas: 12
  • Part-time faculty: 24
  • Professional staff: 5

Community Music

  • 52 part-time faculty positions covering piano, organ, strings, voice, woodwinds, brass, percussion, chamber music, Kindermusik, Suzuki, musical theater, and harp ensemble.

Workshops

  • Master Classes & Lectures by Visiting Artists
  • Conductors' Workshop
  • Northwest Honor Choir

Facilities: Music Building

  • Classrooms: 5
  • Rehearsal Halls: 2 (instrumental, choral)
  • Performance Halls: 2 (Schneebeck Concert Hall, seating 500; Kilworth Chapel, seating 330)
  • Teaching studios and offices: 27
  • Keyboard Lab with 14 Kurzweil keyboards, 10 of which are digital audio workstations with ProTools and digital audio interfaces
  • Recording spaces and equipment: Schneebeck Concert Hall, Lawrence Ebert Recording Studio, choral rehearsal hall
  • Practice Rooms: 28 including special practice rooms:
    • Rooms reserved for advanced pianists, organists, (in addition to the Bethel Schneebeck organ), and harpsichordists. Pianists have the opportunity to perform on our fortepiano, a modern copy of a Viennese fortepiano from the 1780s.
    • Rooms for chamber group practice
    • Percussion studio
    • "V-Rooms," which are unique rooms designed by the Wenger Corporation in which the acoustic properties of the room change through a system of microphones, speakers, and sensors.
  • Other spaces: student lounge, green room, kitchen, music score library, music office, outreach office, sound booth, community music office

Collins Memorial Library

  • Music Books: 11,383 titles
  • Scores: 5,921 titles
  • Media (Videos, DVDs, CDs): 6,971 titles
  • Music Periodicals: 376 titles (Including electronic full text journals)
  • Primo is the library's search tool for books, videos, journal articles, and more. The default scope includes everything at Collins Library and Summit, a catalog of Northwest academic libraries. Physical resources in Summit may be borrowed via a courier system. Inter-library loan is available for items not available at Collins or Summit. The city of Tacoma also has an excellent public library system, and faculty may arrange for borrowing privileges at the University of Washington (approximately 50 minutes away). The University of Washington's holdings are also available through Primo 
  • Among the library’s online music sources are: Naxos Music Library (an online subscription service to more than 90,000 recordings), Oxford Music Online, the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, the Oxford History of Western Music, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, and Music and the Performing Arts