Announcing the Joyce Castle Campaign for KU Opera. With this effort, we have a fantastic opportunity to create a permanent fund supporting the opera program at KU. In doing so, we honor an extraordinary champion of this vital program in the School of Music. Read more...

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Among the finest music schools in the United States, the KU School of Music offers comprehensive programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. For generations, the School of Music has provided the soundtrack to KU's rich traditions. Our students perform on the world's biggest stages, learn from leading experts in their fields and take their studies beyond the classroom to concert halls, clinics, schools and hospitals.

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Faculty News: Brandon Draper

Draper inside Zildjian factory
From being the last artist to tour Zildjian to remotely visiting percussion studios at other universities and performing socially distanced outdoor concerts Brandon Draper, percussion lecturer and director of music enterprise, has continued to put his music entrepreneurship skills to good use during the pandemic. 
March 12, 2020
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Britney Spears on oboe, "Reed Talk", and more news from the KU Oboe Studio

The KU Double Reed Ensemble prepared a video performance for the Midwestern Double Reed Society Annual Member Meeting on October 18, 2020. They performed an arrangement of Toxic by Britney Spears, arranged by freshman oboist Ava Bigalke. 
Dr. Margaret Marco participated in the Oboe Mobile Foundation Workshop on November 20, 2020. The Oboe Mobile Foundation provides free instruments and instruction for young oboists from all over the island of Puerto Rico.


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Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.