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School of Music

Robert Glidden Hall
Athens, OH 45701

Dr. Christopher Hayes
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Athens, OH 45710

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School of Music  

One of six schools in the College of Fine Arts, the School of Music plays a significant role in the vibrant cultural life of Ohio University and Southeast Ohio. School of Music students, faculty, and guest artists present over 150 concerts and recitals each year. A distinguished faculty of 34 professors serves a student body of 230 undergraduate and 50 masters students. The School of Music has been fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1946.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Ohio University's music education and music therapy programs occupy positions of leadership at the local, state, and national levels. Job placement of our music education and music therapy students has been near 100% since 2003. OHIO music alumni are successfully pursuing careers as music teachers (private studio-university levels), orchestral and military ensemble performers, Broadway show and opera singers, touring artists, conductors, administrators, and award-winning composers.Graduates of all of our music degrees have pursued graduate study at major institutions, such as the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, California Institute of the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Illinois, Indiana University, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, the University of Georgia, the University of Nebraska, the University of North Texas, and the University of Oklahoma.


Special Features

The School of Music's outstanding faculty of artist-teachers and scholars is dedicated to providing the highest quality professional training in a challenging, yet supportive and friendly learning environment. A favorable faculty-to-student ratio promotes a distinctive student-centered atmosphere where students benefit from frequent interaction with music faculty. Faculty and not graduate assistants teach nearly all courses and private instruction within the School of Music. In addition to degree programs in education, performance, composition, theory and history, the school is also home to a music therapy program. This program provides a humanistic view of how music making can affect so many people.



All OHIO students are urged to participate in School of Music ensembles.Auditions take place during the first week of classes each term. Ensembles include the Symphony Orchestra, Campus Orchestra, Marching 110, Symphonic Band, University Band, Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensembles, Opera-Musical Theater, Choral Union, University Singers, Women's Chorale, and the Singing Men of Ohio. Chamber groups include the Percussion Ensemble, String Quartets, African Music Ensemble, Jazz Combos, New Music Ensemble, as well as ensembles for trombones, trumpets, flutes, horns, and other instruments. In recent years various ensembles have appeared at the College Band Directors National Association North Central regional conference, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Ohio Music Education Association Conference, and the Percussive Arts Society International Conference. For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Trachsel, co-chair, ensembles division,


Guest Artists

Each year the School of Music and the University Performing Arts Series hosts outstanding artists from the world of music. Recent distinguished guests have included saxophonist/educator Jamey Aebersold, the Fisk University Jubilee Singers, the Galaxy Percussion Ensemble, the University of Illinois Brass Quintet, trumpeter Sean Jones, The Lark Quartet, singer/educator Sylvia McNair, oboist Martin Schuring, cellist Janos Starker, composer/pianist Dominik Wania, composer/band leader Gerald Wilson, and trombonist Larry Zalkind.



The OHIO School of Music is housed in Robert Glidden Hall, a six-story facility which houses classrooms (equipped with state-of-the-art technology), practice rooms, faculty studios, a McIntosh electronic music lab, two electronic keyboard labs, amusic therapy clinic, a comprehensive music/dance library, critical listening-viewing room, instrument repair shops, and offices for graduate assistants and student organizations. Glidden Hall houses the large rehearsal rooms, and a 160 seat recital hall with digital recording equipment. Many ensemble performances and the opera productions are held in the 2,000 seat Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium, located one block from Glidden Hall. Additional on-campus performance venues include The Ridges Auditorium, Baker Center Theater, and Galbreath Chapel, which houses a Bedient 18-stop tracker organ.


Music Therapy Campus Clinic

The Music Therapy Campus Clinic allows faculty and students to conduct research and provide individual and group sessions. The Clinic also provides professional services provided by licensed music therapists to adults and children with special needs living in the Athens community and Southeast Ohio.


Athens Community Music School

The Athens Community Music School (ACMS) has been committed to providing professional music instruction, educational programs, and music therapy services to individuals of all ages and abilities in Athens and southeast Ohio since 1979. Literally thousands of students have had their lives musically enriched by our dedicated instructors. ACMS offers group classes and private lessons to children and adults, as well as ensembles such as the Athens Children's Chorus and the Athens String Orchestra. Our instructors include faculty members from the Ohio University School of Music, affiliate faculty (teachers with master's degrees in music and previous teaching experience), and qualified graduate and undergraduate students in the School of Music. Professor Elizabeth Braun is the ACMS Director:


Study Abroad

OHIO music students are encouraged to take advantage of multiple opportunities for study in Africa, Europe and, Asia. Students may enroll in summer programs in London and Ghana led by School of Music faculty. Please visit the following website for study abroad opportunities in the College of Fine Arts.


Music Scholarship/Audition Information

An audition is required for admittance as a music major and for scholarship or assistantship consideration. Students unable to audition in person may submit a video recording or, with prior permission, a compact disc for consideration. Students are encouraged to contact specific faculty members to discuss procedures and repertoire. For additional information, please visit or contact Dr. Andrew Trachsel, Graduate students should contact Dr. Richard Wetzel, to discuss application and audition procedures.


Academic Scholarship Information

All incoming Freshmen who meet admission deadlines will be considered for all Ohio University scholarships including merit-based and need-based scholarship. Visit be considered for School of Music Talent -Based Scholarships, students must audition no later than February 25 of each academic year.

Our Faculty

The School of Music's nationally-recognized faculty of artist/teachers and scholars is dedicated to providing the highest quality professional training in a challenging and supportive and friendly learning environment. A favorable faculty-to-student ratio promotes a distinctive student-centered atmosphere where students benefit from frequent interaction with their professors. Full time faculty teach nearly all music courses and provide private instruction. Faculty biographies and additional contact information are available on our web site:




Music (Honors Tutorial College)

Music Composition

Music Education - Choral Emphasis

Music Education - Instrumental Emphasis

Music Therapy

Performance - Instrumental

Performance - Piano

Performance - Organ

Performance - Voice

Piano Pedagogy

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.