Mary Pappert School of Music



School of Music students learn from professors who are dedicated instructors as well as internationally renowned performers, composers, arrangers, recording artists and master teachers. Our distinguished faculty and talented students perform over two hundred concerts and recitals on campus every year, including numerous tours, broadcasts, and recordings that reach a worldwide audience.

Graduates of the Mary Pappert School of Music move on to the finest symphony orchestras, professional music and teaching positions in the world and are recipients of countless awards and accolades for winning international competitions, GRAMMY nominations/awards and distinguished honors for excellence in music education.

The Mary Pappert School of Music presents concerts and recitals that feature music and instruments indigenous to other parts of the world. The repertoire performed by our students, faculty, staff, and guest artists is representative of the rich diversity and historical significance of cultures from around the world. This is supported in the classroom by coursework in music history, theory, and current practice.

Duquesne students, regardless of major, are all welcome to audition for placement in our ensembles. Available ensembles include, but are not limited to, the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, Pappert Men's & Women's Chorales, and Voices of Spirit. Additionally, students interested in jazz are welcome to audition for any of our jazz ensembles, including the Duquesne University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Workshop.

Founded in 1989, City Music Center of Duquesne University (CMC) in the Mary Pappert School of Music has proudly served as the Pittsburgh area's premier provider of musical instruction for students of all ages. We strive to educate all who are interested, regardless of musical ability or financial situation. CMC offers a comprehensive program of individual instrumental instruction combined with a sequenced, age-appropriate musicianship curriculum, ensemble and recital opportunities, as well as lessons for university-level students and adults of all skill levels.