There are many ways to become part of the School of Music community—become a music major or minor; audition to participate in one of our instrumental or vocal ensembles; take private or group lessons through the Community Music and Dance Academy; or simply enjoy one of our many student, faculty, or guest artist performances.

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National Anthem Performance

A stadium packed with thousands of sports fans is rarely quiet, but the silence was deafening in the moments leading up to the recent Phoenix Suns-Houston Rockets basketball game. The typical murmur of the crowd immediately ceased as the NAU School of Music Graduate Choral Conducting Quartet began singing the national anthem.

Traditionally, cheers and applause ring out before the end of the song as it builds to its conclusion, but the harmonies of graduate students Jordan Rakita, Jason Raetz, Caleb Nihira, and Ben Westphal left the audience in respectful silence—and provided an experience the four would never forget. For these School of Music students, it was the opportunity of a lifetime.

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