School of Music > About > Why DePaul?
The DePaul School of Music is an inclusive and compassionate community of musicians dedicated to artistry, excellence, diversity, and leadership in music. Guided by the university values of social justice, we prepare students for dynamic 21st century careers.
The School of Music has a faculty of over 110 professionals dedicated to sharing their knowledge and expertise. They are not only experienced and admired educators, but are some of the world's finest and most respected conductors, composers, performers and recording artists, including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Chicago's most prominent chamber music and jazz ensembles.
As a core component of all programs, our ensembles emphasize a high level of discipline and professionalism, and enable students to perform both on and off campus. From a string quartet and a jazz combo to the DePaul Symphony Orchestra and the DePaul Jazz Workshop, DePaul's ensembles present students with the ability to make great music with their classmates.
The School of Music is located on DePaul's beautiful Lincoln Park campus, in one of Chicago's most desirable neighborhoods. Within a seven mile radius of the School of Music are located more than 200 professional music and theater companies. Frequent projects take our students into the city's professional recording studios and concert halls, while many other students freelance in a wide range of professional settings. Location provides advantages, which in turn provide opportunities.
DePaul University is committed to providing a quality education through personal attention to students from a wide range of backgrounds. DePaul is the only one of the nation's 10 largest private universities where the faculty priority is on teaching. The DePaul University School of Music provides a student/faculty ratio of 9:1 with the attention and supervision essential for musical growth.