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About the Conservatory of Music at Capital University

    The Conservatory of Music occupies a complex that includes Mees Hall, Bexley Hall and Leonard Hall. In addition, the Conservatory has a cooperative arrangement with The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, Ohio, for students in the music technology degree program to study and practice in multiple recording studio environments. On-campus instructional equipment includes a full complement of instruments, comprehensive electronic music studios, multiple recording and production spaces, an electronic class keyboard room, a computer classroom/lab, practice rooms, the 180-seat Huntington Recital Hall, and the 950-seat Mees Auditorium with a world-class Shantz organ.


    The Capital University Conservatory of Music is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, and its programs are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

    Mission and Goals

    As an outgrowth of the university mission, it is the goal of the Capital University Conservatory of Music to provide the finest in musical education and training for its students.

    The mission of the Conservatory of Music is:

    1. To complement the philosophy and goals of the university by providing quality instruction in music, with both professional and liberal arts emphases.
    2. To provide significant curricular offerings for the general student population.
    3. To provide an atmosphere for scholarly and creative activity leading to professional and community service through music performance, composition, education and research.
    4. To promote the art of music and encourage present and future artists.
    5. To attract a national and international student body.


    The goals of the Conservatory of Music are:

    1. To provide quality curricular programs for music majors leading to degrees with student outcomes in accordance with the standards of the Conservatory of Music and the National Association of Schools of Music.
    2. To meet the changing needs of society through curricular innovation.
    3. To provide aesthetic and educational experiences for the general student body and community through activities of the university at large.
    4. To provide cultural enrichment both regionally and nationally.
    5. To provide services to public school music programs.
    6. To provide service to the music profession.

    History and Background

    During the 1918-19 academic year, a department of music was established at Capital University. In 1926, the initial department became the Conservatory of Music. Throughout the years, music has become a thoroughly established and vital part of Capital University. The Conservatory is renowned for providing intensive training at the collegiate level, opportunities for middle school and high school ensemble performers and pre-collegiate students desiring private instruction. All members of the faculty represent professional expertise and diversity of background and experience. Several members of the faculty hold prominent positions in the greater metropolitan area’s music organizations, including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Opera/Columbus, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, as well as in major professional and academic organizations throughout the nation.