The mission of the School of Music is to provide students with a professional musical education consistent with the aims of a comprehensive university and relevant to a continually changing global and technological environment. The School of Music enriches the university’s curriculum with course offerings and ensemble experiences available to all students and enhances campus and community life with quality concerts, recitals and other programs and performances.
Musical opportunities are available both to music majors and to students majoring in other disciplines. Membership in these ensembles is determined by competitive auditions open to all TU students. As a music major at The University of Tulsa, you will study with a distinguished faculty of active scholars and performers. The school concentrates solely on undergraduate education and offers programs of study leading to a bachelor of art degree, bachelor of music degree and a bachelor of music education degree.
Music scholarships are available to both music majors and non-majors who have been admitted to The University of Tulsa.
- The Parriott Music Scholarship offers full tuition, room, and board to a distinguished entering freshman music major.
- U-Chamber Music Tulsa Heckman Award offers a yearly prize to members of an outstanding chamber music ensemble which is selected through competitive auditions.
- Jake Jourishie Jazz Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding freshman jazz musician.
Every year the Béla Rózsa Music Composition Competition takes place in the form of a concert performance, and the public is invited and encouraged to attend free of charge. TU student composers will be competing, and there will also be performances of the winning high school compositions. Three professional composers will judge the competition. The winners and prizes will be announced at the end of the competition once the judging is completed.
General Criteria for Judging
- Skillful manipulation of musical materials, demonstrating craftsmanship, originality and imagination.
- Idiomatic use of instruments; writing specifically suited for instruments.
- Effective text setting, if a vocal composition.
- Structural integrity.
- Appropriate and legible score and parts preparation.
Performance Resources Available
One to five instruments/vocalists from among the following:
- Flute/piccolo, one player
- One oboe
- One clarinet in Bb
- One saxophone
- One bassoon
- One or two trumpets
- One (French) horn
- One trombone
- One tuba
- One percussionist, including timpani
- One or two violins
- One viola
- One cello
- One string bass
- One each of soprano, alto, tenor, or bass voice
Concerts with Commentary is a concert series put on by the School of Music that is free and open to the public. The concerts are usually focused on a specific genre of music. What is different about these concerts is the performers not only play the music, but explain the context and the history behind it as well. It’s like attending a free specialized class with no homework! Learn more.
The opening of the Roxana Rozsa and Robert Eugene Lorton Performance Center has allowed our students access to a state of the art facility. Home to the School of Music and the Department of Film Studies, the 77,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility includes faculty offices; specialized rehearsal studios and practice rooms designed to accommodate groups of various sizes. Learn more.
Looking to take classes in a specific instrument or even how to score a film? Learn your craft from our talented faculty. Here are their areas of focus.
- Vernon Howard – Director, School of Music
- Ana Shelton – Administrative Assistant