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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Celebrate the season with KU Holiday Vespers and Jazz Vespers

LAWRENCE - A favorite KU holiday tradition, the 97th Annual Holiday Vespers will be held on Sunday, Dec. 5 with concerts at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center of Kansas.

Vespers will feature the KU Choirs, conducted by Eduardo García-Novelli, Melissa Grady and Dwayne Dunn, the KU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carolyn Watson, and the KU Trumpet Ensemble, conducted by Steve Leisring.

Musicology professor receives 2021 Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Paul Laird, professor of musicology at the University of Kansas, is known for his creative, energetic teaching style filled with movement and music. 

After a class at KU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the university’s continuing education center, Laird received a review from a participant that said, “Nail his shoes to the floor!” 

Gabriella Bernard presented at the Global Scholars Seminar

Presenting at the Global Scholars Symposium this April was a great experience! It was a culminating event for the program. Bernard presented along with her peers in the Global Scholars Symposium about their individualized research focused on current global issues and concepts. Bernard presented the results of her systematic review and engaged in discussion with individuals from other specialties and areas of research.

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Virtual Midwestern Music Camp 2021

Our 2020 camp was a resounding success, with over 1,900 participants from over 40 states and 6 countries!

While we look forward to resuming our in-person camp in the future, we will once again offer our virtual camp this summer. Thanks to the generous support of the Band of Angels program, our 2021 Virtual Midwestern Music Camp will once again be FREE for all participants. Signup today!


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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.