Welcome from Dr. Kurt Gartner

Associate Director, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

The Music Program at Kansas State University is proud of its tradition of excellence, and is excited to begin a new chapter of its history as a School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. This change comes during a time of tremendous growth in the size, quality, and scope of our population of music majors. Our outstanding faculty and staff are dedicated to the success of our students, providing the experiences that allow them to excel in their chosen career paths. In a typical year, the K-State Music Program sponsors well over 180 on-campus events, ranging from student concerts and recitals to faculty and guest recitals, to our many festivals and clinics. Also, these experiences have included international performances or presentations—which, for students and/or faculty have extended to over twenty nations within recent years. True to our mission of service to the state of Kansas, we are committed to providing a rigorous and practical teacher education curriculum.

Equally important is our mission of service to the university—music is both visible and intrinsic to campus life. Accessible to students of all disciplines across campus, more than fifteen per cent of our 23,000 students participate in music course offerings during the academic year. McCain Auditorium is one of the busiest—and friendliest—buildings on campus. Students quickly get a sense of the unique advantages of our program. While we have the resources of a major university, we also offer the personal attention typical of smaller schools.

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Our recent elevation to School status and many the many improvements therein are indicative of the tremendous support that we have received from our administration and from major donors to our program. I quote Gary Mortenson, Director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance:

We have a state-of-the-art music technology laboratory that was updated with new hardware and software during the summer of 2011. The Wilson Chamber Music Room was dedicated in the fall of 2010 with the gift of a Steinway 7’ concert grand piano. The Judge Terry Bullock and Chandler Family Practice Wings were dedicated during 2011 and contain brand new Kawai upright pianos. The Joleen Hill Faculty Development Fund was started through the K-State Foundation in 2010 and is helping our faculty stay current in their respective fields. Our higher administration has helped us upgrade virtually all of our faculty offices, overhaul the organ in All Faiths Chapel, install new acoustic treatments in our main instrumental rehearsal room, renovate space in Fairchild for our large percussion studio, and to install a new piano keyboard lab. Anderson Hall has allowed us to fill all vacancies in our department and to even add new tenure track lines over the past several years. In short, everyone is working together to make music at K-State a vibrant entity on our campus.

We invite you to learn more about the K-State Music Program’s vision of “Music for Life.” Please contact us with your questions or comments. We look forward to seeing you here!

Kurt Gartner
Associate Director
School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Kansas State University

Mission Statement

The mission of the Kansas State University Department of Music is

• to nurture the artistic, educational, scholarly, and creative development of students pursuing studies in music.

• to enhance liberal education of all students by offering performance and academic courses to the university constituency.

• to contribute to the greater musical community through research, creative, and educational activities.

• to provide an environment that encourages the professional development of its faculty.

In fulfilling its mission, the department is dedicated to upholding a standard of excellence in all endeavors, attracting the best students, hiring and retaining the most qualified faculty, and taking an active role in the intellectual and cultural life of the university, the state, and the nation.

last updated june 25, 2013
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