Director’s Message

Studying at The University of Arizona's School of Music is your passport to a rewarding life in music. Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty is dedicated to the development of your talents. They are equally at home in the classroom, studio or on the performance stage. Along with one-on-one teaching and mentoring, our faculty members regularly perform in solo recitals or as guest artists with major opera companies, symphony orchestras, chamber groups, and many other ensembles.

There are over 500 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a wide variety of degree programs. Our students collectively perform hundreds of solo recitals, chamber and large ensemble concerts, jazz band concerts, and marching band shows each year.

The School of Music, now over 100 years old, has expanded into three different buildings: the Music Building, the Harvill Building, and the Slonaker House. The main music building houses our two principal concert halls: the 200-seat Alice Y. Holsclaw Recital Hall with a pipe organ built by the Schoenstein Organ Company, and the 534-seat Crowder Hall that features state-of-the-art recording studio connectivity. We are also proud to be an All-Steinway School.

The School of Music is one of four units within the College of Fine Arts, allowing the possibility for all students to develop interdisciplinary projects involving music, art, media arts, theatre arts, and dance. Many of our graduate and advanced undergraduate students successfully audition for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Opera Company, and other community ensembles.

Our graduates have gone on to careers throughout the world as K-12 educators, professors, administrators, recording artists, opera singers, chamber and orchestral musicians, composers, arrangers, and music industry professionals.

If you would like to explore the possibilities of a career in music, we encourage you to join us!

Dr. Rex Woods, Director