Message from the Director

Richard BlattiWelcome to our School of Music! ...a place where dedicated people make exceptional music, stimulate artistic growth, explore educational methodology, and conduct ground-breaking research. 

Our distinguished faculty, made up of 100 renowned performers, inspired educators, and devoted scholars, are committed to challenging a talented student body of 350 undergraduate and 125 graduate students to become all they can be. Located in Columbus, Ohio, the 16th largest city in the U.S. and one that American Style magazine recently ranked among the best cities for the arts, the School of Music offers a broad selection of 38 degree programs from the baccalaureate to the doctoral level and has a strong commitment to reaching a diverse student population across a large campus.

Our alumni have earned prominent positions and enviable reputations performing in the nation’s symphony orchestras, military bands and choruses, and chamber ensembles; teaching in conservatories, music schools, research institutions, and public schools; and leading individual careers as composers and scholars. Our student and faculty ensembles regularly tour, commission, record, and are featured at national and international conferences, conventions, and professional meetings.

 The Ohio State University School of Music annually hosts such events as the Contemporary Music Festival, Drums Downtown, the Jazz Festival, the Annual Musical Celebration, the Musicology Lecture Series, the Buckeye Invitational, Honor Bands and Choral Festivals, mini-residencies of internationally-known performers and scholars, fully-staged operas, summer camps, symposia, workshops, and hundreds of public concerts, recitals, and lectures. In addition, the research being conducted in the Music Cognition Lab, Ethnomusicology Lab, and Helen Swank Voice Teaching and Research Laboratory, provides additional opportunities for students to study music from new perspectives. The Ohio State Music and Dance Library is one of the largest music research facilities in the country, with 130,000 books and scores, 80,000 disc and tape recordings, 12,000 serials, 5,600 microfilms, and a large collection of DVD and VHS videos.

I encourage you to visit our campus: sit in on a rehearsal, attend a lecture, meet our faculty and students, and find out why we feel fortunate to be part of this University and this School of Music. Our Undergraduate Studies Chair, Prof. Timothy Leasure, will be happy to answer your questions and assist you in scheduling your visit. Dr. C. Patrick Woliver (email, Graduate Studies Chair, will welcome your questions about graduate degree programs.

Thanks for your interest in our School,

Richard L. Blatti
Professor and Director