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The Mary Pappert School of Music

Preparing musical leaders of the 21st century.

Whether you're interested in performance, technology, education or therapy, the School of Music has the faculty and resources to prepare you for a successful career. Here, you are challenged to connect historical and current music practices, blending the traditional with current technology and focusing on both theory and performance. In doing so, you will graduate from the School of Music a well-rounded professional, ready to succeed.

Dean's Welcome

Dean's Welcome

Dear Friend of Music,

Welcome to the website for the Mary Pappert School of Music. At Duquesne, we are educating the musical leaders of the twenty first century through challenging music degree programs for the mind, heart, and spirit. Graduates of our school serve in respected leadership positions in a broad array of musical settings. Our distinguished faculty and talented students perform over two hundred concerts on campus every year, with numerous tours, broadcasts, and recordings that reach a worldwide audience.

Our University motto, Spiritus est qui vivificat, it is the Spirit who gives life, inspires our classrooms, rehearsals, and concert venues. We encourage prospective students and families to explore our website, and if you believe that your dreams and ambitions may be a good fit with our offerings, we invite you to please contact the Director of Music Admissions for further information.

In the meantime, thank you again for visiting us; we look forward to hearing from you.

Yours truly for music,

Edward Kocher, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The Mary Pappert School of Music provides musical education that connects the broad spectrum of historical and current practices; and in promoting the relationship between theory and practice, prepares professionals who will be the leaders in the musical culture of the 21st century.