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Our Mission

The Department of Music provides an inclusive environment for professional training of aspiring performers, educators, composers, producers, and scholars. Through rigorous study with exceptional faculty, as well as education and industry partners, music students grow their artistry, develop a professional network, and expand their thinking and actions to include diverse views and experiences as global citizens. While fostering student achievement, the department engages with community members through our state-of-the-art facility by hosting concerts, festivals, and outreach activities.

Our objectives are to:

  • Provide nationally competitive academic programs and general music studies in music that help students achieve their educational, professional, and personal goals. 
  • Present substantive public performances reflecting diverse musical styles and traditions that provide real-world contexts for student learning and engage audiences with meaningful cultural experiences.
  • Create an inclusive environment that provides opportunities for students from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives to succeed.
  • Attract, develop, and retain high-achieving students and qualified faculty by promoting opportunities for creative and innovative activities on- and off-campus.


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Current Students

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Why Music at UVU?

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UVU’s music degree programs focus on three principal areas of professional music studies: education, performance, and commercial music. Students interested in broader studies, inclusive of other educational disciplines, may pursue a liberal arts or integrated studies major. In addition to professional careers, music is also an area that offers highly flexible self-employment opportunities, such as freelance performing, recording, and private teaching. Coursework in music technology and entrepreneurship further enhances opportunities for students who choose to pursue freelance employment. These opportunities are very dynamic, as well as rapidly responding to advancing technology and an open and diverse media market.

Engaged Learning

Engaged learning is about connecting students with professional organizations and opportunities to build bridges to better careers after graduation. Here at UVU, engaged learning is in our DNA. In addition to learning from faculty who are working musicians, music students also have the chance to participate in masterclasses with professionals like Joshua Bell and Sō Percussion and perform onstage with artists like Time for Three, Marina Costa-Jackson, and Jason Alexander. Learn more about engaged learning in The Department of Music and The School of the Arts.

Meet our Faculty and Staff

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"The UVU Department of Music equips music students with the versatile skillset needed to thrive in their future careers. Engaged learning opportunities are woven into our curriculum, allowing emerging musicians to collaborate on real-world projects, showcase their talents in performances, and connect with the vibrant musical community. Our graduates perform in professional groups, work in studios, compose for films and video games, produce their own records, direct school ensembles, attend excellent graduate schools, and so much more. UVU is the perfect place to explore the entire range of musical careers and find the right path for you.

We are also home to a campus-wide musical community that can enrich your time at UVU. If you want to perform in an ensemble, take lessons, or even minor in music—we have a place for you."

—Jeff O'Flynn, Chair of The Department of Music

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Land Acknowledgment

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Utah Valley University acknowledges that we gather on land sacred to all Indigenous people who came before us in this vast crossroads region. The University is committed to working in partnership—as enacted through education and community activities—with Utah’s Native Nations comprising: the San Juan Southern Paiute, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Uintah & Ouray Reservation of the Northern Ute, Skull Valley Goshute, Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation, Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute-White Mesa Community, and urban Indian communities. We recognize these Native Nations and their continued connections with traditional homelands, mountains, rivers, and lakes as well as their sovereign relationships with state and federal governments. We honor their collective memory and continued physical and spiritual presence. We revere their resilience and example in preserving their connections to the Creator and to all their relations, now and in the future.

With this statement comes responsibility and accountability. We resolve to follow up with actionable items to make The School of the Arts at UVU and The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts an inclusive, equitable, and just space for all. There is much work to be done, and we are committed to putting these words into practice.


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Contact Us

Utah Valley University
Department of Music, MS 165
800 W. University Parkway
Orem, Utah 84058  

Office: (801) 863-8534

Office Location: NC 754  , Hours: Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Chris Gines, Administrative Assistant: (801) 863-6480,

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