About the Department
Kutztown University's Department of Music prepares students as leaders in the profession by employing the highest standards in performance, teaching, research, and creative vision. Whether you're interested in performing, composing, arranging, music publishing, recording technology, music business, conducting, college teaching, or certification to teach general, instrumental, and choral music in K-12, the study of music at Kutztown University will prepare you to fully succeed in your aspirations.
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania enrolls approximately 10,000 students. The Department of Music has over 100 music-majors and boasts a 5:1 student to full-time faculty ratio. The University is located in the charming rural borough of Kutztown, and is within 15 minutes driving time of diverse metropolitan areas, such as Allentown/Bethlehem and Reading. As a Kutztown University music-major, you will have access to numerous on-campus performances by celebrated performers throughout the year, and our close proximity to New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., will provide an extended artistic environment to inspire you.
The Department has 18 full-time and 10 part-time faculty, and offers performance experiences in large organizations, as well as small ensembles. The department's nationally recognized faculty, coupled with excellent resources and advanced technology, provide serious students with an engaging music education. Performance ensembles regularly tour regionally and internationally to perform in some of the most prestigious performance halls in the world, including the following: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, the Kimmel Center and the Kennedy Center.
The Kutztown campus also boasts extraordinary and expanding facilities. Old Main, which houses many of the music activities, includes state-of-the-art practice facilities, an electronics lab featuring up-to-the-minute technology, a digital recording studio, and an extensive collection of percussion instruments. Old Main also features the Georgian Room, an exquisite mid-19th century recital facility with a Steinway concert grand piano, one of the finest in the nation. Across the street from Old Main is Schaeffer Auditorium, a beautiful turn-of-the-century building where the Department of Music presents large ensemble concerts as well as chamber ensemble recitals. The Schaeffer Auditorium reopened for the Fall 2013 semester with a grand renovation and 14,000 square foot expansion including two new large rehearsal halls, a recital/lecture hall, practice rooms, music classrooms, chamber music rehearsal rooms, music library, instrument and uniform storage, lockers, lounge, and new dressing rooms, amongst many other renovations to accommodate the rapidly growing music program.
Available to music students are the holdings in the Rohrbach Library, which include printed music, audio recordings, video recordings of performances and other relevant topics, and an extensive research collection. The Music Technology Lab provides students with the ability to experience computer generated music, electronic music, computer aided instruction in music theory and aural skills, and the simulation of acoustic compositions and arrangements through computer generated sounds.