Music (Create)be brave. This your moment to find your deepest passion—and dive in, headlong. At Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU, you will be inspired to chart your own musical journey. We want you to fully express your creative self. Float into the scary what if and discover your voice. Seize the day.

Our Program

Located in jaw-droppingly stunning Ashland, Oregon, the Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU Music Program features world-class artists teaching advanced music students in a serious, career-oriented environment. We encourage students to develop as artists, with emphases on individual exploration, creative collaboration, and cross-hybridization within the arts.

Click here to see our program mission and outcomes.

Our Students

The OCA at SOU Music Program is both rigorous and inspiring, driving musicians to achieve technical excellence and emotional depth. Our students consistently win international awards and competitions, present their work at prestigious conferences, and perform professionally around the world. We help you to become more than just a musician—you become an artist.

Our Faculty

Each member of our faculty is a professional artist. Hailing from diverse musical backgrounds, our faculty is endorsed by Yamaha, Remo, Vic Firth, Zildjian, and many more. We have won Emmy Awards, sat on the Grammy council, and presented our music in more than 40 countries.

Application and Scholarships

If you are striving to develop as an artist, the Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU Music Program will help you realize your vision. We accept auditions on an ongoing basis and offer scholarships from November to March in anticipation of each coming fall. Scholarships are competitive. Both online and in-person auditions are accepted. Click here to apply now.


While you are studying at SOU, you can take in the breathtaking Rogue Valley landscape. Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, hiking, climbing, white water rafting, and more in the scenic wine country that surrounds you.

Join Us

We look forward to working with you on your path to artistic excellence.

Music Degrees

BA/BS in Music with optional emphases in Music Instruction (Education) and Music Performance
Master of Music: Performance
Accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Musical Theatre

Like music and theatre? See Musical Theatre Studies.

Music Program

People (Connect)Connect with the people behind the Music Program, including our stellar faculty, star students, and outstanding alumni.
Studies (Feel)Find out what music studies are available, from undergraduate to graduate to summer institutes.
Performance (Jam)Learn about performance opportunities in our ensembles and guest artists invited to Southern Oregon University.
Resources (Find)Explore resources available to our music majors, focusing on financial aid and the rare Schuman Collection.
Events (Watch)Check out the latest events, from weekly music recitals by music majors to performances featuring internationally renowned musicians.
Media (Glimpse)Peruse media featuring the Music Program, including gorgeous photographs, fun videos, and toe-tapping audio clips.
Apply Now (Act)View admissions information for prospective students on how to apply; tuition and fees; and preview programs.
Contact (Ask)Make contact with key Music Program administrators and faculty to learn more about our offerings and opportunities.

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