“This marvelous and exceptionally well-equipped environment is so heart-warming and so encouraging.  In every way the UA School of Music faculty and students are committed, focused, and talented. It is clear they are having a wonderful time, dedicating themselves to the highest level of achievement. I have rarely felt so optimistic for the future of a school.”

-Roger Chase
Internationally Renowned Viola Soloist

Welcome message from Dr. Blake Richardson:

We’re glad you are interested in the University of Alabama School of Music!  Richardson-Blake-e1464971880702-330x330

At UA, we offer a comprehensive musical education with individualized mentoring from a world-class faculty. Our tradition of excellence lives on in alumni playing in top orchestras around the country, teaching on university faculties, and working in every corner of the music field. As a student here, you can count on a well-rounded, interdisciplinary musical education that prepares you to step out into the world equipped for success.

We are committed to immersing students in the dynamic culture of the 21st century musical landscape, while also honoring and passing on the great traditions of the past. UA music students can choose from a wide variety of specializations for their majors: performance, education, therapy, business, and theory. In the spirit of southern hospitality, we welcome music minors and students from outside disciplines to participate in our ensembles and take lessons, giving them much of the same exposure to faculty and performance opportunities as music majors receive. 

The UA School of Music offers more than 200 performances each year, including our 12 student ensembles, faculty and student recitals, and guest artists. As a string student at UA, you would be a member of the 80-piece Huxford Symphony Orchestra, and have opportunities to immerse yourself in chamber music, participate in our jazz and contemporary music programs, and play solo recitals.

We invite you to take a look at the information in this brochure and get to know us a little better. As you will see, we are a lot more than a football school! If you have any questions about the UA School of Music, email the faculty directly. We also invite you to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Roll Tide,

Dr. Blake Richardson
Director of Orchestral Studies
String Division Head

“The University of Alabama provides an environment in which you can get individual focused attention from a master on your instrument in an environment that is supportive, encouraging and inspiring. If you would like to be successful in the professional string world, whether as a performer or as an educator, investigate what we have to offer. You will like what you see!”

-Skip Snead
Director, UA School of Music

“My experience at the University of Alabama was priceless. The faculty gave me all the tools I needed in the professional world of orchestral playing.”

-Jennifer Puckett
Principal Viola, Memphis Symphony Orchestra
UA School of Music Alum