Interview with retired Professor Ernie Bastin
An interview with Professor of Music (1968-2009) Ernie Bastin in celebration and remembrance of the 100th Year Anniversary of the Ohio University School of M...
Interview with retired Professor Robert Smith
Mission of the School of Music
The School of Music is committed to developing confident, creative, and skilled professional musicians. Undergraduate and graduate students are prepared for careers in music education, performance, music therapy, composition, musicology, and music theory. The School of Music provides opportunities for students of all majors to enhance their musical knowledge and skill through participation in a wide variety of academic courses, performance studies, university ensembles, and field experiences. It enriches the cultural life of the university and the surrounding region through public performances and educational outreach by its students, faculty, and guest artists. As a vital part of the College of Fine Arts, the School of Music promotes the musical arts within the university, regional, national, and international communities.
History of the School of Music
The Ohio University School of Music has been officially in existence since 1917, although some of the individual programs date back to the 1880s. As early as 1883 Ohio University offered piano lessons, however such lessons were considered an extracurricular activity. In 1889 the University established a Department of Vocal Music under Eva Norris within the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1892 the music program expanded to include instrumental as well as vocal music. In 1917 the Department of Vocal and Instrumental Music became the School of Music with Alexander S. Thompson as Director. In 1936 the departments of music, dramatic art, and art combined and became the College of Fine Arts.
The Ohio University School of Music is committed to a continuing tradition of excellence and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Directors (including Acting Directors) of the School of Music and their terms are as follows:
Department of Vocal and Instrumental Music
Myrtle Stinson 1892-1897
Louis Baker Phillips 1897-1898
Lula C. King 1898-1899
James Prior McVey 1899-1914
Alexander S. Thompson 1914-1917
School of Music
Alexander S. Thompson 1917-1922
Clarence Cramer Robinson 1922-1948
Thomas Arthur Gorton 1948-1951
Karl Ahrendt 1951-1967
Sherwood Hall 1967-1968
Clyde Thompson 1968-1981
Gerald Lloyd 1981-1983
James Stewart 1983-1987
David Lewis 1987-1988
Koste Belcheff 1988-1990
Bert Damron 1990-1993
Roger Stephens 1993-2001
Sylvia Henry Eckes 2001-2002
Meryl Mantione 2002-2006
Allyn Reilly 2006-2007
Michael Parkinson 2007-2012
Christopher Hayes 2012-
Click for a complete list of Ohio University Music Faculty, compiled from School of Music faculty lists and Ohio University catalogs dating 1843-2017.