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Mission & History

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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

1923MBANDThe 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

Luca C. Kind  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

Sylura Henry Eckes 2001-2002

Meryl Mantione  2002-2007

Allyn Reilly  2007-2008

Michael Parkenson  2008-2012

Christopher Hayes 2012-