Graduate Advising

Download the 2017-2018 Graduate Handbook

Courses of study at the graduate level emphasize scholarly performance and include specialized work and research in a major field of study. The goal of the program is to develop informed musicians, independent scholars, and inspired teachers. Graduate degrees awarded by the Bienen School of Music include the Master of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts. The PhD in Music is administered by The Graduate School in conjunction with the Bienen School of Music. Information for PhD students can also be found on The Graduate School website:

The Assistant Dean of Admission, Financial Aid and Graduate Services, Patrick Zylka, oversees all graduate student services including advisement, graduate work stipends, and career services. The degree advisor for all graduate students is Donna Su, Coordinator of Graduate Services and Financial Aid. Graduate students may also be assigned a faculty advisor from their program. 

Directors of Graduate Study (DGS) are responsible for the academic and curricular oversight of all graduate degrees in the Bienen School of Music, in consultation with Bienen faculty, program coordinators and department chairs. The DGS for the Department of Music Performance is James Giles, and the DGS for the Department of Music Studies is Drew Edward Davies.

James Giles
Director of Music Performance Graduate Studies (MM, DMA)

Drew Edward Davies
Director of Graduate Music Studies (PhD)

Patrick Zylka
Assistant Dean of Admission, Financial Aid and Graduate Services

Donna Su
Coordinator of Graduate Services and Financial Aid

Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs is the central office for undergraduate and graduate student advising. Our office is located on the 2nd floor of the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts (RCMA), Room 2-115, and is open Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5pm. To make an appointment, stop by or call 847- 491-3818.  Walk-ins are welcome during regular office hours.

Office of Student Affairs
70 Arts Circle Drive
Room 2-115
Evanston, IL 60208