The Ohio State University School of Music
As one of the largest universities in the world, The Ohio State University offers a wealth of resources on its beautiful campus in Columbus, Ohio. In the midst of this educational community, the School of Music is part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the academic heart of Ohio State.
The school is a unit large enough to take advantage of the endless possibilities provided by a world-class university, yet small enough to attend to the individual needs of its students. Founded in the late 1800s, the School of Music offers today's students, faculty and guest artists an innovative place for making exceptional music, stimulating artistic growth, exploring educational methodology, and conducting groundbreaking research.
Divided into distinct Areas of Study, each with its own area head, the School of Music has a faculty of nationally and internationally recognized performing artists, composers, scholars and master teachers, in addition to full- and part-time lecturers who are specialists in their fields. The faculty serves a student body of approximately 300 undergraduate and 150 graduate music majors, as well as hundreds of non-music majors who are pursuing music minors, taking classes or participating in one of the many performance ensembles.
The school recognizes the relationship that binds music to other academic and artistic disciplines and provides students with a comprehensive education, preparing them for professional careers in composition, performance, scholarship and teaching. Faculty, students and guest artists present over 250 annual events, concerts and outreach programs, enriching the arts in the community and providing the university with all things musical, from ensembles like the marching band, jazz ensemble and glee clubs to classes for non-music majors who simply love music. In keeping with the university’s broader mission, the school is committed to nurturing the best of Ohio’s students, while maintaining excellence and diversity by recruiting nationally and internationally.
The Ohio State University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Director of the School of Music: William L. Ballenger
Associate Director and Chair of Undergraduate Studies: David Hedgecoth
Associate Director and Chair of Graduate Studies: Danielle Fosler-Lussier
Assistant Director of Operations: Pete Tender
Faculty and Staff
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