Oklahoma State University



The Department of Music at OSU offers a comprehensive program for undergraduate and graduate students. Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Department offers both the Bachelor of Music as a professional degree and the Bachelor of Arts as a degree in liberal education. Students enrolled in a Bachelor of Music program focus on performance, music education, or music business. Graduate students can earn a Master of Music in Performance.


 OSU places primary emphasis upon the individual, requiring the highest musical standards and supporting each student in developing to his or her fullest potential. Students in the Department study in individual lessons with superbly qualified faculty. The perspective our artist-teachers bring to the educational and artistic process is mature and widely experienced.


In 2008 the OSU Music Department, through the purchase of thirty additional new Steinway pianos, became one of ninety All-Steinway Schools in the world. This ensures that pianists at OSU perform and practice only on the finest instruments in the world. The Seretean Center for the Performing Arts includes a Concert Hall seating nearly 900, rehearsal halls and faculty studios, classrooms with state-of-the-art audio and video equipment, a computer-equipped multi-media lab, and numerous practice rooms. The facilities and equipment include two new New York Steinway concert grands in the Concert Hall, two double-manual harpsichords (a Kingston and a Vaughn), two mechanical-action pipe organs (built by Wilhelm and Bigelow), a Klop portative organ, an electro-pneumatic Kilgen pipe organ, and an electronic piano lab.


Keyboard students develop their skills in a variety of ways and thus grow into more fully capable musicians. Weekly lessons are complemented by weekly studio classes, wherein keyboard majors of each applied teacher play for one other and receive valuable input, thus creating an environment of cooperation and shared learning experiences. Students also perform on student recitals as soloists and collaborators with singers and instrumentalists. Choral and instrumental ensembles provide opportunities for pianists to be featured with larger performing groups. They may also enter the annual Concerto Competition sponsored by the OSU Symphony Orchestra, which has featured winning pianists in various concerti. Performing opportunities culminate, in most students’ minds, in solo recitals presented as degree requirements (junior, senior and master’s degree recitals) or as self-motivated activities (non-degree recitals, duo-piano recitals, or off-campus recitals).


Keyboard majors are active in various professional organizations and hold student membership in the Music Teachers National Association (with a local branch), College Music Educators National Conference, and several other national musical organizations with student chapters at OSU. Students engage in supervised teaching in pedagogy classes, and a number of students also maintain private studios. Some hold salaried positions as church musicians. Many have the opportunity to perform in master classes for outstanding guest artists each year.


World class pianists and pedagogues who have presented guest artist recitals and/or master classes at OSU include Jerome Lowenthal and Matti Raekallio, Professors of Piano at The Juilliard School; Barry Snyder and Douglas Humpherys of the Eastman School of Music; Grammy-winning modern music champion Ursula Oppens; Anton Nel and Anne Epperson of the University of Texas at Austin; Robert Weirich of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory; international touring virtuoso Ning An; Leon Bates; The Five Browns; James Nalley of Florida State University; James Giles of Northwestern University; Anthony Padilla of the Lawrence University Conservatory; Elvia Puccinelli, Professor of Vocal Coaching and Accompanying at the University of North Texas; Fred Karpoff of Syracuse University; Jennifer Hayghe of Ithaca College; and many others.


Notable successes of OSU keyboard majors include acceptance to graduate programs such as those at the Eastman School of Music and the Universities of Michigan, Southern California, Kansas, Missouri-Kansas City, Texas-Austin, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Other honors include first prizes in Oklahoma Music Teacher Association piano competitions in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2006, 2005, 2003, and 1996, and state winners in 2012, 2010, and 2009 MTNA Piano Competitions (including both solo and chamber music categories).  


The keyboard faculty welcomes the opportunity to discuss the options and opportunities awaiting you at Oklahoma State University.


For inquiries, please call 405-744-6133 or write to:

OSU Department of Music
132 Seretean Center for the Performing Arts
Stillwater, OK 74078-4077