The School of Music


The School of Music is a proud member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and has eighteen full-time faculty, twenty-four part-time faculty, two full time office staff and four graduate teaching assistants. The School of Music is housed in the newly modernized and expanded surroundings of the Creative Arts Center. Facilities include Schuster Hall, the more intimate Recital Hall, and numerous purpose built teaching studios, offices, and practice rooms. The music library is located next door to the Creative Arts Center in the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library.



Wright State University at nightThe University

Wright State University, one of Ohio's thirteen state-assisted universities, became accredited and independent in 1967. The university offers forty master's programs, two research doctoral programs, and two professional doctoral programs. Although Wright State has a rural-suburban setting, downtown Dayton is only twenty minutes away by car or campus bus. Ballets, concerts, lectures, and other cultural activities are available throughout the year. In addition, the university and the School of Music sponsor performances by students, faculty, and visiting artists. Art exhibits and theatre productions are also offered regularly in the modern Creative Arts Center.


School of Music Bragging (W)Rights: Students

Wright State School of Music (SoMu) graduates have gone on to become award-winners, graduate assistants, and scholarship recipients at some of the world’s finest music schools, including the Eastman School of Music, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Northwestern School of Music, the Florida State College of Music, the University of Illinois, University of Southern California, the University of Oklahoma, and many others.

Wright State SoMu alumni are published by many of music's most prestigious publishers, including Hal Leonard, Alfred Publishing, Lorenz Corporation, and more.

School of Music alumni Steve Hampton is one of the most successful composers in Hollywood, having composed theme music for many commercials as well as television shows such as Just Shoot Me, among many others.

School of Music alumni are placed as directors of many band and choral programs across the Midwest, including school systems nationally recognized for music quality such as Centerville (OH), Carmel (IN), King’s (OH).

Current School of Music students and alumni have won or placed in some of the nation's most prestigious competitions, including winning and/or placing in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Percussion Arts Society International Conference (PASIC), MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition, the Three Arts Competition, and The World Choir Games.

Wright State (SoMu) Alumni serve on the faculties of music schools across the nation including the Utah State University, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, among many more.

Current and past Wright State University students have been accepted into some of the nation's most prestigious summer music festivals, including the Brevard Music Festival, the Miami Music Festival, the Interlochen Arts Festival, and more.

Wright State Alumni in music have been awarded some of Ohio's most prestigious arts prizes, including the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts (Jim McCutcheon).

Wright State SoMu ensembles have performed at some of the world’s most sought-after venues, such as Carnegie Hall, St. Mark’s Cathrdral (Italy) and the Sistene Chapel (the Vatican)

Wright State alumni have achieved high-level Administrative posts at some of the nation’s top music organizations, such as Wolf Trap Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and The Lorenz Corporation