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Dr. Caroline Taylor
Int. Chair, Division of Music

Welcome to the Division of Music website. If you have browsed around the website you may have noticed the phrase “Discover the Ouachita Difference.” At Ouachita Baptist University we are proud of the fact that our university is making a difference in the world around us. The Division of Music has a long standing record of excellence in both the academic and performance areas of music. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music for over 58 years, the Division has historically produced outstanding leaders and performers in a multitude of arenas in the musical world. I am proud of our current students who carry on this tradition of excellence in the classroom, recital hall, and concert stage.

I hope you will take a few minutes to browse around and listen to recordings of our ensembles, take a look at our upcoming concert calendar, explore the various music degrees, or visit our Facebook or X (formerly Twitter) page for up-to-the-minute activity.

If you are a prospective student looking to “make a difference” through your musical talents, then you have come to the right place. Our music program will challenge you, develop you, encourage you, and invest in you as a person and musician.

Come visit our campus and “Discover the Ouachita Difference.”


Why study music at Ouachita?

We are Christ-centered and student-centered.

  • We are a leading liberal arts university that is committed to encouraging the love of God and a love of learning.

You won't get lost in the crowd.

  • Averaging 110 music majors and 25 faculty members, the Division of Music maintains a 4:1 student-to-faculty ratio, ensuring that every student receives a personalized education suited to their individual goals.
  • There are no graduate students, which means more performance opportunities and greater access to professors.

We offer an exceptional music education.

  • Our distinguished faculty consists of leading performers, teachers, composers, and scholars who are fully committed to each and every student.

  • We offer 6 degree programs ranging from music education to composition to musical theatre.

  • With 13 performing ensembles, the Division of Music gives students numerous opportunities to grow as musicians.

  • We offer competitive scholarships to both music majors and non-music majors.


Making a difference through music.

  • Our graduates have gone one to successful careers representing Ouachita everywhere from public school classrooms and churches to New York City concert hall stages and Nashville recording studios. Wherever they go, they take with them the Ouachita heritage of both academic and Christian excellence.

Interested? Follow the steps below and become a part of the Division of Music!

  1. Apply to the University
  2. Audition for Scholarships

Our Mission

The Division of Music seeks to provide opportunities for students to gain professional competence in the art of music, integrating the highest standards of musical performance with a broad-based curriculum of scholarly studies within the framework of a strong Christian liberal arts tradition.

The Division offers personalized attention in teaching and research with the goals of developing the talents and abilities of each individual student; discovering the ways in which music study leads to understanding oneself, humanity, and the world; and preparing the student for a variety of career objectives. In addition, the Division of Music offers opportunities for non-music majors to experience the arts through performance and scholarly study of music.

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