The success of DePaul School of Music graduates is a testament to the quality of their education. Our undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs prepare young musicians for success in the real world. Recent graduates are performing with numerous international orchestras and ensembles, teaching in universities and school districts, working in performing arts management, and engineering sound for the film, television and recording industries.
The School of Music has a faculty of 110 professional musicians dedicated to sharing their knowledge and expertise. They are not only experienced and admired educators, but are some of the world’s finest and most respected conductors, composers, performers and recording artists, including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Chicago’s most prominent chamber music and jazz ensembles.
As a core component of all programs, our ensembles emphasize a high level of discipline and professionalism, and enable students to perform both on and off campus. From a string quartet to the DePaul Symphony Orchestra, DePaul’s ensembles present students with the ability to make great music with their classmates.
The School of Music is located on DePaul’s beautiful Lincoln Park campus, in one of Chicago’s most desirable neighborhoods. Within a seven mile radius of the School of Music are located more than 200 professional music and theater companies. Frequent projects take our students into the city’s professional recording studios and concert halls, while many other students freelance in a wide range of professional settings. Location provides advantages, which in turn provide opportunities.
To build the skills necessary for a career in music, you need a professional space to learn. The kind of space with the look and feel of the great concert halls of the world. A place with plenty of practice and rehearsal space. Welcome to the Holtschneider Performance Center: Three floors, 185,000 square feet of thoughtfully designed performance, practice, classroom space and with the attached Jarvis Opera Hall. Stunning in design and practical in function. A place where every student has the chance to be extraordinary.
DePaul University is committed to providing a quality education through personal attention to students from a wide range of backgrounds. DePaul is the only one of the nation’s 10 largest private universities where the faculty priority is on teaching. The DePaul School of Music provides a student/faculty ratio of 9:1 with the attention and supervision essential for musical growth.