Department of Music

It's the place for you

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Why the Department of Music?

Access to opportunity. Our world-class Lagerquist Concert Hall plays host to more than 100 annual concerts that feature students, faculty artists and renowned guest performers. And unlike many other universities and conservatories with exemplary music programs, ours has opportunities for performers of all experience levels.

The music program at PLU strives to provide every student at the university with a meaningful and enriching arts experience, ranging from non-major private lessons or ensemble participation to core courses to four distinctive academic majors and two academic minors. Nearly one quarter of the undergraduates at PLU participate in music annually. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and its graduates go on to distinguished and satisfying careers in teaching and performing.

Facilities for exploring the musical arts are outstanding. The Mary Baker Russell Music Center, with its exquisite Lagerquist Concert Hall, provides state-of-the-art focus to music study at PLU. Media rich classrooms and labs augment studios and individual practice spaces. Private study in keyboard is available in piano, organ, and harpsichord. Other private study includes voice and all string, wind, and percussion instruments, taught by regularly performing musicians. Professional-quality experience is available to qualified performers in band, orchestra, choir, jazz, and chamber ensembles. 

Why PLU?

At Pacific Lutheran University you will be challenged to achieve at the peak of your ability, given support to meet that challenge and, as a result, find success both in college and in your chosen career. You will receive individual attention and be challenged to explore beyond the textbooks, to seek life's purpose. You will be prepared to lead and to make a difference in the world. Challenge. Support. Success. This is the PLU experience. 

Why Tacoma, Washington?

PLU is also just minutes away from downtown Tacoma and the world famous Museum of Glass, the Tacoma Art Museum and the Washington State History Museum as well as a multitude of shops, farmer's markets and cafes. The short drive to Seattle gives you the opportunity to enjoy big-city entertainment like the Experience Music Project or major league ballgames at beautiful Safeco Field. And given that the Seattle-Tacoma area is situated on the vibrant and culturally diverse Pacific Rim, there is no shortage of opportunities – from tracking down Asian cuisine and cultural delights to taking day hikes at Mt. Rainier to starting an internship at a global trading company. Tacoma is a place of creative synergy and we welcome you to explore our dynamic city.

In PLU’s Parkland neighborhood, you’ll hardly have to step foot off campus to eat at some of Tacoma’s best restaurants, including great Italian food at Marzano, Farrelli's Wood Fired Gourmet Pizza, Pita Pit or PLU’s own 208 Garfield.