Graduate Studies

The Graduate Studies Office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday as of 4:00PM on Tuesday, 23 November 2021.  The office will reopen on Monday, 29 November 2021 at 9:00AM.

A Welcome from the Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Marie RolfWelcome to Graduate Studies at the Eastman School of Music! Whether you are a current master’s or doctoral student, or planning to apply for a graduate degree in the future, you will find that our school is dedicated to the highest levels of artistry, scholarship, and leadership, to the broad education of musicians within the context of a university, and to the musical enrichment of the greater community. Eastman is an institution where performance and research mutually inform and enhance each other, and where we train the musical artists, scholars, teachers, and leaders of tomorrow. Our graduate programs in performance, composition, musicology, music education, and music theory rank consistently in the top tier in national surveys, such as the last study conducted by the National Research Council, which noted in particular Eastman musicology and theory faculty’s high productivity in research and publications.

In addition to their creative work as performing artists, composers, and scholars, Eastman faculty are committed pedagogues, educating and mentoring talented students who develop into musical leaders of the future. As a result of our rigorous curriculum as well as the myriad teaching opportunities experienced by graduate students while in residence at Eastman, the employment record for our doctoral students in particular is outstanding. Please consult our Eastman Graduate Alumni Gallery for further details on where some of our graduate alumni are currently employed.  For selective lists of our PhD and DMA alumni who are currently serving in musical institutions throughout the country, please consult the following: Eastman School of Music PhDs on the Faculties of Selected Educational Institutions and Eastman School of Music DMAs Serving as Faculty Members and Leaders of Selected Educational Institutions.

Students at Eastman have access to rich educational resources, including our full-time resident faculty, beautiful performance halls, the incomparable Sibley Music Library, professional-level recording facilities, and the full resources of the University of Rochester. For additional information on graduate study options, including possible collaborative work across departments, please consult the University of Rochester Graduate Studies website. Students’ opportunities for performance—as soloists and as members of large ensembles and small chamber groups, on the Eastman and University campuses, within the city of Rochester and beyond—as well as cross-disciplinary and performance-based research are addressed by recent alumni in the short video available on this site. You will hear the students’ comments not only on their personal educational experiences at Eastman but also on the culture of diversity, tolerance, and support that permeates our school.

Currently approximately 330 graduate students are studying in residence; of these, nearly 95% receive financial aid in the form of a graduate award. Eastman grants approximately 6.5 million dollars each year in tuition scholarship and stipends to meritorious graduate students. In addition to institutional support, a number of our students win competitions and receive funding from other outside sources. For further information on applying to a graduate degree program at the Eastman School of Music, click here.


Marie Rolf, PhD
Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Eastman School of Music
University of Rochester