Distinguished teachers, talented students, and supportive public: these are the people who make the Department of Music at PLU a nationally recognized center for musical learning, serving, and sharing.

The Mary Baker Russell Music Center is our home. It features spaces for performing, teaching, and rehearsing; a music library; an outdoor amphitheater; and the acoustically impressive Lagerquist Concert Hall, home to the Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Organ.

Music Spotlight Day

  • Join us on Monday, October 11, beginning at 9:15 am PDT. This event will offer a chance to connect with faculty and students, observe a class, observe  rehearsals, and get your general music questions answered. You are able to choose which sessions you want to attend (all, or just one, is perfectly fine!).
    • 9:15am, Check-In
    • 9:30-10:30, Campus Tour
    • 10:30-11:15, Admission Presentation
    • 11:30-12:15, Lunch in the University Commons
    • MUSIC SPOTLIGHT DAY: Experience PLU’s Outstanding Music Program in action!
      • 12:30-1:30pm, Visit a Class—Music Theory or Music in Historical Context
      • 1:45-2:15, Music Information Session
      • 2:15-3:00, Observe the Jazz Ensemble rehearsal, or take a break and explore the campus further
      • 3:15-3:45, Q&A with current PLU music students
      • 4:00-4:45, according to your primary area of interest:
        • [Choral/Vocal] Observe a Choir of the West rehearsal
        • [Winds, Brass, and Percussion] Observe a Wind Ensemble rehearsal
        • [Strings] Meet with Dr. Svend Rønning, Area Chair of Strings
      • OPTIONAL
        • 5:45-6:45pm, Observe Organ Seminar
        • 6:00-7:00pm, Observe Violin Seminar
        • 7:30-10:00pm, Observe a University Symphony Orchestra rehearsal

Music Spotlight

Find out more information for Fall 2021 here.

Fall 2021 lesson registration can be found here.

Fall 2021 zero credit ensemble registration can be found here.

Future Students
Current Students


Learn about our available scholarships for Music majors in all areas.

Event Calendar

The Music department has over 200 events a year. See our upcoming performances and recitals.


Many of our concerts are streamed online for free. Anyone may tune in and share!


PLU Music offers many different ensemble options for our students. Vocal ensembles and instrumental ensembles are open to students via yearly auditions at the beginning of each fall semester. Diverse musical and vocal styles are celebrated, allowing students to build their own custom musical experience.


A talented, cohesive faculty of performers, composers, and authors, drawn from the nation’s finest conservatories and universities, work to develop the whole person in the context of a caring academic community of outstanding students and enthusiastic audiences.

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