An Outstanding Education with Exceptional Opportunities
Considering USU? You are making a great choice.
When you pursue a music degree at Utah State University, you will find yourself immersed in a community of individuals committed to excellence, opportunity, and your future.
On this page, we share with you some of the impressive achievements of our outstanding program, and exciting projects going on right now in our department -- a legacy YOU become a part of when you join us as a student at Utah State University.
USU is proud to have a 100% job placement rate for Music Education program graduates who sought a music teaching position. Graduates of the Department of Music have populated the workforce in the state and region for decades. Annually, band, choral, guitar, and string graduates are hired at schools from the local area to across the United States as professional teachers of music.
In July 2015, Utah State University joined La Via dei Concerti at Expo2015 Milan. Members of the USU Chamber Singers and the USU Symphony Orchestra, as well as Music Department faculty members Cindy Dewey (voice), Cory Evans (choir director), and Sergio Bernal (orchestra director) represented USU in this grand event.
The USU Opera Theatre offers students the opportunity to participate in fully-staged operas and musicals every year, providing memorable educational experiences that change lives. Learn the art of telling a story on stage and acquire necessary skills for a career as a performer or teacher. Collaborative projects with the USU Symphony Orchestra and USU Theatre Department enrich music students' experiences, such as our recent collaborative production of A Mid-summer Night's Dream featuring Shakespeare's text and Mendelssohn's music.
Student ensembles garner high praise for outstanding performance. The USU Chamber Singers recently performed at the American Choral Directors Association conference and the USU Wind Orchestra has performed at the Western/Northwestern College Band Directors National Association conference three times in ten years. The USU Jazz Orchestra earned Downbeat Magazines’s best student ensemble award for its compact disk, Europa.
Our faculty have established notable careers in performance and education, such as former Dean of Caine College of the Arts Dr. Craig Jessop (former Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and United States Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants). For students in our string program, USU offers the opportunity to study with Utah's only professional resident string quartet -- the Fry Street Quartet.
USU provides students with access to a number of state-of-the-art performance venues and rehearsal and classroom facilities. From the intimate to the grandiose, students have prioritized access to perform in the college's many beautiful performance spaces.