A Competitive Edge for a Creative Field

At the Mary Pappert School of Music, you are challenged to connect historical practices with modern methods, blend the traditional with current technology, and explore your artistry, creativity, and ingenuity to the fullest extent.

Whether you're interested in Music EducationPerformanceMusic TechnologyMusic TherapyCompositionJazz, or Music Ministry, we have the faculty and resources to prepare you for a successful and fulfilling career in music and beyond.

And, regardless of your chosen degree path, you will continue to hone your performing skills with individualized instruction from our world-class faculty.

It's time for bigger goals!

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.

Why Study Music at Duquesne?

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Our GRAMMY Award-winning faculty work with you one-on-one.

As a student at the Mary Pappert School of Music, you study with professors internationally acclaimed in their fields including members of the GRAMMY Award-winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a 4-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, you're certain to receive the personal attention necessary to truly perfect your talents, whether your career aspirations are to be in front of an audience, in the recording studio, or in a classroom, church, or therapy setting.

Faculty & Staff
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Our flexible degrees & programs of study allow you to customize your own path.

At the Mary Pappert School of Music, you have a wide variety of horizon-expanding music programs to choose from at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Degrees & Programs of Study
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Our award-winning ensembles provide unforgettable music-making experiences.

Duquesne's ensembles will provide you with the finest university-level performing experiences available, preparing you for your career as a professional musician.


Upcoming Events

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Audition Day

Choose between online or in-person format. When you're ready, register to audition on...

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Christmas Brasstacular featuring DU Choirs

Dr. Caron Daley, Director of Orchestral ActivitiesDr. James Gourlay, Director of Bands

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Student Recital - Yan Bao, voice

From the studio of Xiu-ru Liu.

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Concert Series & Admission

Music on the Bluff Series 
For over 20 years, David Allen Wehr has led this highly successful chamber music series featuring an all-star cast of local and internationally-known artists.

Uptown Jazz Series
Mike Tomaro leads this series of themed jazz chamber music concerts featuring the Duquesne jazz faculty septet. 

Student & Faculty Recital Series
Our students and faculty present over 100 recitals each year.

Master Class & Guest Artist Series
The MPSOM regularly brings guest artists to campus to share their knowledge and experience with our students through a combination of master classes and public performances.


With the exception of Music on the Bluff series concerts, most Mary Pappert School of Music events are either free admission or $10 general admission.

Connect With Us

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Tempo Monthly is an email digest that is sent on the third Wednesday of each month, showcasing the work of our incredibly talented students, faculty, and alumni, as well as keeping you up-to-date with all the concerts and recitals we present.

24/7Internet Radio Station

The IEMMA Broadcast Network is the broadcast division of the Mary Pappert School of Music's Institute of Entertainment, Music and Media Arts (IEMMA) and is dedicated to providing quality programming, recorded and performed by the Mary Pappert School of Music community.

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YouTube Channel

The Mary Pappert School of Music archives some of its performances on YouTube. Check out these fantastic videos featuring our incredibly talented students, faculty, and internationally-known guest artists.


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Contact Us

No matter what your musical interest, we have the faculty and resources to prepare you for a successful and fulfilling career in music and beyond.

Mary Pappert School of Music

600 Forbes Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15282


Jazz Professor Releases New Album

Mike Tomaro, Program Director of Jazz Studies, recently released his fifth studio album, entitled “4 Seasons.”

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Alumna Brings Her Marching Band to Campus for Homecoming and Family Weekend

The South Allegheny High School Marching Band, under the direction of Mary Pappert School of Music alumna Jessica Kovacs (née Humanic), performed as part of Duquesne University’s annual Homecoming celebration last Saturday, October 21.

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Duquesne to Perform First Concert in Violins of Hope Pittsburgh

Duquesne University and the Mary Pappert School of Music are pleased to present the opening concert for Violins of Hope Greater Pittsburgh, a landmark project that focuses on unity and the lessons of the Holocaust.

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MPSOM in the Community

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City Music Center

Founded in 1989, City Music Center of Duquesne University (CMC) has proudly served as the Pittsburgh area's premier provider of musical instruction for students of all ages.

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Hire a Musician

Duquesne University has many talented student and alumni musicians who can be hired for events such as weddings, worship services, receptions, dinners, business events, and concerts.

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Music Alumni

At the Mary Pappert School of Music, we are immensely proud of our ever-growing alumni community. After graduation, we continue to assist our alumni in various ways.

Duquesne - Pittsburgh Connection

On a Friday night, after class, you can go with your friends and hear the Pittsburgh Symphony and it's only a short walk away. You get to see your teachers and the other faculty that you work with throughout the week—now it's your turn to watch them do their thing.

Emily RickardM.M. Performance, 2019

As one of Pittsburgh’s most iconic performance spaces, Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland possesses a rich history of famous artists who have graced its stage.  From the Pittsburgh Symphony to groups like the Juilliard Quartet, the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra calls this space home, capitalizing on the rich, vibrant acoustics and architectural beauty of this renowned concert hall.

Daniel MeyerDirector of Orchestral Activities

For jazz musicians, there’s no better experience than to get out and make music in a real gig situation, especially when you get to play next to your teacher or mentor. Pittsburgh has no shortage of opportunities for musicians, so I want to get our students out there gigging now so they can make the most of their time here at Duquesne.

Jeff BushAssistant Program Director of Jazz Studies

Health, Wellness, and Safety for Musicians

Duquesne University and the Mary Pappert School of Music are committed to education of the mind, heart and spirit of each student. We understand that physical health and safety play a large role in that commitment, and as such, the following document outlines recommendations specifically for musicians and their wellbeing.

We care about your health and wellbeing and have various resources available for you and all of our students!