Wichita State University's School of Music has developed programs in music education, music performance, pedagogy, history/literature, theory/composition, and conducting which are significant in size and quality and are highly acclaimed throughout the nation. In part, this is due to Wichita State's urban setting, affording cultural diversity with excellent opportunities for faculty and students.
Faculty members in the School of Music are artist-teachers who have significant teaching and professional playing experience. Each full time faculty member is a nationally recognized musician in their own right and frequently appear as guest artists, guest conductors and clinicians throughout Kansas and the United States. Their successful careers span all facets of the professional world.
Many members of the faculty are principals or members of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, as well as members of faculty ensembles and other ensembles of national repute. Faculty ensembles present a concert on campus each year. In addition, these ensembles frequently present concerts and clinics at other universities and communities throughout the nation. The music faculty at Wichita State are committed to each individual student and are interested in personal music development.
Both individual performance skills and ensemble experience are central to the music program at Wichita State University. The School of Music offers an excellent variety of performance opportunities through a wide range of large ensembles, including four choirs, two concert bands, a symphony orchestra, a jazz ensemble, and athletic bands, and small ensembles.
Because of the close relationship between the University and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, music students are not only able to hear world-class artists perform throughout the year, but are often given the opportunity to meet and play for them in masterclass situations.