About the department

Founded in 1946, the Department of Music enriches the cultural and intellectual life of Washington University and the St. Louis area. Our distinguished research faculty publishes widely on concert and popular musics. We offer graduate and undergraduate degrees, as well as courses designed for non-majors. Any Washington University student may enroll in private music lessons or participate in a variety of ensembles. Student composers are a special focus of our curriculum. The department sponsors over 130 concerts and lectures annually - including our Great Artists Series, which brings internationally-known classical music performers to campus.

Our Community

Each semester, over five hundred students participate in music at Washington University. Our concerts and events draw an annual combined audience of ten thousand. We invite you to join our musical community - including membership in the Friends of Music, an organization that supports student music making.


What does war sound like? Todd Decker on the music of combat films

How films use music and sound to shape the ways audiences view soldiers and veterans.

The Washington University Wind Ensemble

Gustav Holst’s 'Second Suite for Military Band' performed by the Washington University Wind Ensemble with conductor Chris Becker.

PhD Programs in Music

We are a supportive community of faculty and graduate students located on a beautiful campus in a musically-rich city. With a low student-to-faculty ratio, individual attention is a hallmark of our department. All students accepted for the Ph.D. program receive generous six-year funding packages, with additional support for language study, research, and conference travel.

More information about our graduate programs

The Music Department at Washington University

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