Because of the School’s intentionally small size and exclusive focus on undergraduate education, students have exceptional access to a rich variety of performance opportunities and are valued contributors and participants from the start of the first year at DePauw. The School’s robust performance calendar, which offers more than 200 events annually, features students in solo recitals, chamber music and major ensemble concerts, opera and musical theatre productions. Domestic and international concert tours, competitions, and master classes with renowned guest artists from around the world, present additional opportunities to perform.
Green Guest Artist Concerts
Our season is full of renowned performers from around the world. During the 2021-22 season members of the School of Music welcome Rhiannon Giddens, Attacca Quartet, Caroline Shaw, The Count Basie Orchestra with Diane Schurr, The Baltimore Consort, and Eighth Blackbird. Check out what we have to offer in our Green Guest Artist Concert Series.
Artists-in-Residence: RHIANNON GIDDENS
Co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drop, Giddens has performed for the Obamas at the White House; served as a Carnegie Hall Perspectives curator; and received an inaugural Legacy of Americana Award from Nashville’s National Museum of African American History. Named artistic director of Silkroad in 2020, Gidden references her European-American, African-American and Native-American ancestry to inspire her music.
Music of the 21st Century
Music of the 21st Century is an annual guest residency that brings some of the world’s most outstanding composers to DePauw School of Music. This year, we welcome Daniel Bernard Roumain to campus.
Global Music Experience: China
The School of Music introduces the Global Music Experience, a year-round program focused on musical traditions from various cultures, exploring each region’s music through lectures, experiential learning opportunities, concerts and other connected events.
Opera and Musical Theatre
The School of Music collaborates with the Department of Communication and Theatre to present a musical each fall. In the spring, we feature a fully staged opera production. In September 2021 students will perform the musical The Spitfire Grill, and in March 2022 the DePauw Opera presents Dido and Aeneas and Orfeo ed Euridice.