Nationally distinguished as one of the most comprehensive schools of its kind among public institutions, The Florida State University College of Music has offered a high level of professional education in music for more than 80 years. If you expect to become a professional musician, you will gain creative and personal growth in programs designed to create composers, performers, scholars, and teachers.
The College of Music is headquarters to a variety of campus orchestras, bands, choral ensembles, jazz bands, and early music and baroque ensembles; 9 world music ensembles; and numerous chamber groups, as well as the Florida State Opera and the Music Theater Program. Each year the College of Music offers some 350 concerts and productions and regularly hosts national conventions, workshops, and festivals, such as the biennial Festival of New Music.
Our rich heritage is important in providing us a certain perspective about quality and an incentive to strive for continuing excellence. But the real test of our future is what we do for you, the future students who will grace our rehearsal halls, classrooms, and studios. We seek students, at all levels, who are dedicated to achieving the best for themselves in their professional preparation. We seek students who will contribute to the rich and diverse musical environment at Florida State. And we want students who will appreciate the warm and friendly personality of our school.
The College of Music is a vital component of the Florida State University community. It serves as a center of excellence for the cultural development of the State and offers a comprehensive program of instruction for all students who expect to become professional musicians: performers, composers, scholars, educators, administrators, and therapists. For the general University student, it offers a wide spectrum of opportunities for disciplined personal growth and creative achievement.
As one of the largest music programs in higher education, the College’s comprehensive curricula embrace all traditional areas of music and world music study from the baccalaureate to the doctoral level. As one of the leading music institutions in the world, the College enjoys an international reputation.
On average, over 40 states and 30 foreign countries are represented in our student population. The College is home to two Grammy award winners, a former concert master of the New York Philharmonic, a Pulitzer prize-winning composer, a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship recipient, and the world's preeminent scholar in medical music therapy. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the quality of the College of Music at 12th in the nation and fifth among programs at public universities. The Opera program in the College of Music ranks fifth in the nation and third among programs at public universities according to the same report.