School of Music


Honors Recital Competition

2021 Honors Recital Competition

We are excited to announce the University of Puget Sound School of Music’s 2021 Honors Recital Competition!

A competition to select and honor Puget Sound students’ best performances of solo and small group music -- any instrument, voice type, genre, or time period.

Multiple winners will be presented on a special Honors Recital concert program and will receive a $200 cash prize. The application and video audition deadline is March 26, 2021.

Information for the competition can be found at 

Sphinx Organization Residency

Sphinx Organization Residency: School of Music Collaborates with Community Partners for Diversity in the Arts

The School of Music, in partnership with African American Studies, Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association, and the Tacoma Youth Chorus, is hosting a collaborative virtual residency with Sphinx, a Detroit-based national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. This residency features two public performances, as well as community engagement events with students in the Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma Youth Symphony, and Tacoma Youth Chorus.

Visit our Music News page for more information.

School of Music Spring Updates

Spring 2021

The School of Music at the University of Puget Sound is committed to ensuring the safety of all our faculty, staff and students. Music faculty have collaborated to building a FAQ for Hybrid Learning in Spring 2021.

The School of Music has also published a Return to Campus Plan for music students.

Spring semester juries will occur remotely. Instrumental students should submit their request for a collaborative pianist via Google Form. Vocal students should work with their department head for collaborative pianist assignment. All jury videos are due to department heads no later than noon on Monday, May 10. 

Please visit the Spring 2021 dashboard for the most up-to-date information from the university regarding the semester.

Andrew Jennings, violinist

Upcoming Noon Convocations

Join us for Noon Convocations featuring guest artists, speakers, and student performances. Tune in to Schneebeck Live on select Wednesdays from 12-1:30 P.M. PT for our remaining convocations:

March 17: Andrew Jennings violin master class
March 24: Student Performances
April 7: Student Performances
April 28: Anthony McGill clarinet master class 
May 5: Student Performances

Black Lives Matter

Music making is not a neutral act. We are conscious that our performances and curricular planning can contribute to systemic injustices that enable racism to continue. We aim to better understand the cultural values that have shaped the sounds we study, create, and perform. We aim to confront those values which have excluded or diminished people of color.

We are ready to listen and to act.

Read the statement from School of Music faculty & staff

As the Smoke Clears

Jazz Orchestra records their first album

The Puget Sound Jazz Orchestra is currently recording their first album, “As the Smoke Clears.” This five-track album features arrangements and original songs by former and current Puget Sound students and faculty. The album will include local artists such as rapper Blake Anthony and jazz singer Dr. Melvin Rouse, and will be produced by Anthony Fung.

“As the Smoke Clears” embodies the Jazz Orchestra's mission statement to educate and edify underserved and underfunded Tacoma community music programs, display how music is a social and artistic expression of the time in which it was created, and amplify the voices of Black and LGBTQ+ composers and performers.  The album fuses the platforms of jazz and hip-hop music with messages of social and racial justice.

Master of Arts in Teaching

Earn your Master's degree with an endorsement in K-12 music education in one year!

Gain hands-on experience in elementary, middle, and high school music teaching. Hone your reflective teaching practices with a focus on culturally responsive teaching and social justice. 

Anyone interested in learning more is encouraged to contact Dr. Tina Huynh. 

Please visit for more information.

New Minor Track: Minor in Musical Inquiry

The School of Music now offers two minors designed to welcome music-loving students with a broad range of interests and backgrounds: the Minor in Music with Applied Studies and the Minor in Musical Inquiry!

An information session was hosted on October 19 - log in with your Puget Sound Credentials to watch the recording. Anyone interested in learning more is encouraged to contact Prof. Gwynne Brown.

Visit our Minor Requirements page for more details.