A World of Performance Opportunities.
Drake Music students share in excitement that comes from working with renowned artists who are committed to excellence. Opportunities abound to enable students to succeed in their chosen field, whether it's performance, education, pedagogy or music business.
Drake offers the best of both worlds: a music department that is large enough to support a vast range of musical activities, but small enough that students receive highly personal attention.
The Department of Music offers both breadth and depth, which gives Drake students flexibility in career choices. The department specializes in musicianship, and its graduates are well-trained and well-rounded musicians who are highly competitive in today's complex and fluid musical world.
The foundation of Drake's excellence in music instruction is a faculty of widely recognized and respected artists who are committed to sharing their knowledge, expertise, and insights with future musicians.
Drake's faculty perform regularly not only on campus, but also with the Des Moines Symphony, other regional ensembles, and throughout the country.
Most of all, they are teachers dedicated to their undergraduate students. In individual lessons - which are taught by full-time professors, not graduate students - and in ensemble rehearsals and the classroom, students receive instruction that helps them grow both professionally and personally.
At Drake, there are opportunities to participate in master classes with visiting guest artists.
Recent visitors have included internationally known musicians such as operatic tenor James Valenti; opera star and Drake alumnus Sherrill Milnes; music businesswoman and opera star Maria Zouves; composer Eriks Esenvalds; and pianists Elisso Virsaladze and Sergei Babayan. Other recent guests include cellist Tony Ross; violinist Robert Chen; Ryan Truesdell- The Gil Evans Project; Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra; flutist Lisa Bost; euphonium artist Dr. Matthew Murchison; guitarist Gohar Vardanyan as well as many other vocal and instrumental guest artists and clinicians from across the country.
In order to be admitted to the Department of Music, and to be considered for scholarship awards as a Music major, Music minor, or non-major participant, we invite all prospective students to audition during Drake Audition Days. Audition Information