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A degree from the School of Music and Dance is foundational for any number of professional pursuits in the arts and beyond. The process of developing an artist teaches leadership, teamwork, planning and project management, verbal and nonverbal communication, as well as creative and critical thinking.

School of Music and Dance 
Commencement Ceremony

Monday, June 17, 2024 
1:00 PM, Beall Concert Hall

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Come for the Beauty, Stay for the Bounty

Situated within the beauty and splendor of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the UO School of Music and Dance offers the unrivaled acoustics of Beall Concert Hall, cutting-edge technology, and a one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary Dance BFA. Our welcoming community embodies the spirit and tradition of a performing arts conservatory, while benefiting from the academic resources of a large liberal arts college.”

100%
Placement Rate for Music Education Majors
300+
Performances Each Year
30+
Student Ensembles
Emily Andaya

Emily Andaya, Dance BFA ’26, was searching for a premiere dance program when she found the UO BFA. She knew UO would help her grow as an artist and dancer. “We view dance as a form of research here – we study the art form. We learn how to apply ourselves as human beings and we form a sense of artistry. In each of our technique classes, we learn movement, but we also learn to perform, to create, and to explore what our work can mean beyond just what we exert with our bodies. The best part is the incredible talent of other dancers from around the country that are here working with you every day.”

Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington

Building a versatile career as a professional flutist and educator, Dr. Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington is committed to collaborating with distinguished artists, citizens, and thinkers to create inspiring and culturally unifying experiences for communities and artists alike. As a fellow of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect —formerly known as Ensemble ACJW—Jacqueline had innumerable opportunities to accomplish this mission, creating tangible impact as a performer, educator and community advocate.

Meet our Faculty

7:1
Faculty to Student Ratio
85
Full-time Faculty and Staff
70
Graduate Employees

Performance and Practice Spaces

SOMD has state-of-the-art recording studios, as well as numerous private practice rooms, while our performing spaces are unrivaled for the acoustics and performer comfort and safety. From the world-renowned sound balance in Beall Hall to the state-of-the-art sprung floors in all our dance studios, the SOMD provides students with incomparable support for their artistic pursuits.

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 Community Programs

Community is at the heart of the School of Music and Dance, which is why we provide a variety of enrichment activities that are available to community members of all ages.

News

Congratulations to the 2024-25 Cykler Song Scholar Winners, Désirée Pereira, Kaitlyn Clawson-Cannestra, and Kasey Lynch!

What sets the program apart is a distinct focus on fostering a positive environment

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