At a Glance

Founded 1895
Location Twelve miles north of downtown Chicago
Deans Peter Christian Lutkin (1895-1928)
Carl Milton Beecher (1928-51)
George Howerton (1951-71)
Thomas W. Miller (1971-89)
Bernard J. Dobroski (1990-2003)
Toni-Marie Montgomery (2003-Present)
Faculty 125 (full and part-time) - meet our faculty
Students 400 undergraduate; 200 graduate
Regular Degree Programs Undergraduate and graduate degree programs in performance and academics, leading to the BM, BA, MM, DMA, or PhD
Special Degree Programs Five-year undergraduate dual degrees:
  • Music and Engineering (BS/BMus; BS/BAMus)
  • Music and Liberal Arts (BA/BMus)
  • Music and Journalism (BMus/BS or BAMus/BS)
  • Music and Communication (BM/BA, BM/BS, BAMus/BS)
  • Music and Education and Social Policy (BM/BS or BAMus/BS)
Fraternal and Professional Music Organizations
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
  • Sigma Alpha Iota
  • Pi Kappa Lambda
  • American String Teachers Association (ASTA)
  • Music Educators National Conference (MENC)
Professional Series


Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts
  • 400-seat Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall
  • 120-seat David and Carol McClintock Choral and Recital Room
  • 163-seat Shirley Welsh Ryan Opera Theater
  • Teaching studios, faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, practice rooms, student lounges, Jean Gimbel Lane Reception Room 
  • Opened in 2015
  • Architect: Goettsch Partners
Regenstein Music Hall
  • 200-seat recital hall; studios and practice rooms
  • Built 1977
  • Architect: Larry Kirkegaard
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
  • 1,003 seat auditorium, office-studies/rehearsal room
  • Built 1975
Music Library
  • Holds over 300,000 cataloged items
  • Known internationally for its post-1945 music
  • Special collections include the John Cage Collection, Fritz Reiner Library, Moldenhauer Archives, ONCE Archives, Ricordi Collection