Admitted Student Resources

Welcome to the University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance. Beginning a new journey at the Pacific Northwest's premier higher education institution of music and dance is exciting! SOMD students immerse themselves in a supportive community of artists and scholars who learn together, perform together, and socialize together. There are many resources at the School to help you be successful in any path you choose.  

Advising | Locker Rental | Housing | Practice Room  | Checklists & Plans of Study | Student Orientation | Scholarships and Funding | Getting Here

Advising

Undergraduate 

Kathie Hsieh, Undergraduate Music Advisor 

Music Peer Advisors 

Ashley Christensen  |  Alexandre Pabst  |  Tabitha Knight

Enrichment Lab Tutors 
(no-cost assistance with Music Theory, Aural Skills and Keyboard Skills)
John King, jking17@uoregon.edu 
Emily Milius, emilius@uoregon.edu 

The SOMD Undergraduate office is located in the Frohnmayer Music Building, Rm. 121 A - C. 

SOMD UNDERGRADUATE OFFICE BLOG 

Find information here on course registration, program requirements, department policies & procedures, recent announcements, and more.  

2021-22 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT HANDBOOK 

Graduate 

Dr. Leslie Straka, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies 
Dr. Holly Roberts, Graduate Advisor and Department Coordinator 


Locker Rental

Instrument lockers in the Frohnmayer Music Building are available for rental by music students.  

Rental costs $8.00 per locker, per term, and includes rental of a lock. Personal locks are not allowed.  

Music majors, minors, graduate students, and students registered for lessons, or ensembles may reserve a locker. Students may request lockers here. The front desk staff will email students their assigned locker and combination after completing the form.  

Lockers may be reserved for the academic school year or per term. Please direct all questions about locker rentals to the SOMD front desk. 

If a student has very specific locker needs or requires modifications to a locker, a request can be made at any time by contacting the SOMD Director of Facilities. For more resources on accessibility options, please contact UO’s Accessible Education Center.  

Students renting lockers should be sure that valuables (particularly instruments and computers) are insured. Most homeowner and renter insurance policies cover personal items away from home, but double check with your insurance agent.  

Lockers should not be used for food storage.  

Students will be notified by email at the end of each term with a reminder to renew their locker or to empty their belongings before leaving for breaks. Items left in lockers, not being renewed, will be sent to the UO Police Department’s Lost and Found. 


Housing

The Performing Artists Collective is an exciting and supportive community that is designed for students who are admitted music and dance majors or minors. You will live with peers from around the world who are pursuing one or more of our many music or dance degrees, such as composition, music education, music technology, and performance. The goal of the Performing Artists Collective is to provide you with multiple levels of performance, academic, and personal support to further enhance the world-class education you’ll receive in the School of Music and Dance. 

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE TO LIVE IN THE PERFORMING ARTISTS COLLECTIVE? 

In addition to the benefits of living with colleagues who are pursuing similar degree paths, you will have access to on-site tutors and academic advising. You will also have around-the-clock access to acoustically designed practice rooms, acoustic and digital pianos, as well as common community and group study spaces. It is equally important to note that your resident assistant will be a music or dance major who can be a valuable resource, especially for students in their first and second years of study. 

WHAT AMENITIES WILL THE COMMUNITY FEATURE? 

  • six music practice rooms 
  • multipurpose room with study space, classroom technology, and electric keyboards 
  • lounge with upright piano 
  • more access to faculty connections 
  • community learning and engagement 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE AND HOW DO I APPLY? 

Room assignment priority will be given to students majoring in music or dance, but there will be room for music and dance minors and non-music or dance majors who might wish to room with you.  If you have questions or special requests about music, please contact the music advisor at ugradmus@uoregon.edu.  If you have questions or special requests about dance, please contact the dance advisor at dgorman@uoregon.edu

More information on the community is available on the University Housing website. 

Additionally, please be sure to add this to your University Housing application. If you have already completed your application, please update your application. 


Practice Rooms

Entry to the Frohnmayer Practice Room suites require an access code. Non-music majors/minors may contact the Assistant to the Facilities Director and request an access code once their practice room reservations have been confirmed in the email sent by the front desk.

Equipment may not be removed from practice rooms. Students must leave the practice room tidy, including wiping up any condensation puddles that may have accumulated after brass instrument practice sessions. 

General use practice rooms are intended for single use. Students are not to use practice rooms for private teaching. It is illegal to give private lessons in the Music building if they are not part of the University curriculum or an established University program.

Music Majors specializing in Piano, harp, organ, string bass, or percussion performance may be granted access to locked practice rooms specific for those instruments. For more details and reserving a Practice Room visit the SOMD Resources blog


Getting Here and Parking

Auditions for music applicants take place in the MarAbel B. Frohnmayer Music Building, 961 East 18th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97403. You can also Google "Beall Concert Hall" and that will direct you to the School of Music and Dance. 

Metered and free parking can usually be found in the vicinity of the building, though be sure to note posted restrictions.