Message from the Dean

Welcome to the School of Music at Baylor University. There is a wealth of information contained in the many links here that will provide you with background on our goals, aspirations, people, programs, resources, and offerings. Baylor has an outstanding reputation nationally and internationally for musical excellence. We are proud of the quality of instruction in our studios, classrooms, and lecture and rehearsal halls. Our commitment to our students translates into performances that demonstrate our commitment to excellence in all that we do to preserve, maintain, and to promote the world of music in all its variety and wonder. We do this with a foundation of faith-based commitment that stays true to the wider mission of the university and we do this with a natural curiosity to explore new paths in performance and scholarship. All of this coalesces to make the McCrary Music Building and the Waco Hall complex places of intense activity and vibrant creativity.

This website serves as a portal to help you understand the things that we do to serve our students, the university community, and the larger community beyond our walls. Like all things delivered over the Internet it is just a glimpse of the complexity of a vast and interconnected puzzle that is music at Baylor. So while we encourage you to explore the site, we also invite you to visit us on our incredible campus so that we can greet you and get to know you personally.

It is a distinct honor to serve as the Dean of the School of Music as the university aspires to meet the strategic vision set forth in Pro Futuris . I encourage you to follow the link to learn more about this vision for the future, but very briefly here are the things that drive us to strive for "excellence in all things:"

Transformative Education that builds on the rich tradition that has been passed down to us by the legacy created by the thousands of students, staff, and faculty who have served music so well throughout the school’s history. In that tradition, we are committed to recruiting, retaining, and graduating an outstanding and diverse student body that is ready to go out into the world and make a difference.

Compelling Scholarship and Inquiry wherein our students and faculty collaborate in all phases of the discovery process that leads to the preparation and dissemination of music, recognizing the past, present, and future of the craft. In doing this we participate in local, state, national, and international conversations that help to shape the growth and future direction of music in society.

Informed Engagement that provides a distinctive faith-based service to the fabric of campus life at Baylor and that reaches out to the larger world in a way that improves the cultural quality of life for Texas, the United States, and the world. Music is indeed an international language and we pay humble service to its power to bring people of all faiths and creeds together to coexist peacefully and respectfully.

Committed Constituents means that we seek to engage all of our alumni and friends to broaden the base of support that fosters lifelong relationships that bring meaningful dialogue and shared ownership of music at Baylor. From the day our students are accepted into the school and decide to attend Baylor, to the day they graduate, and throughout their lives…we want to foster deep and abiding respect that acknowledges the wisdom and expertise of every person who has benefited from the education they received here.

Judicious Stewardship that seeks to keep the cost of attending Baylor University reasonable through the development and prudent management of scholarships, seeks to increase our endowment accounts at Baylor, and seeks to be accountable for the stewardship of all financial, physical, and human resources entrusted to the School of Music.

To close, I want to thank you for your interest in learning more about the School of Music at Baylor University and I hope that the knowledge you gain from exploring this site helps you to decide to make contact with our faculty and staff, and with me. My role as dean of the School is to serve, to the best of my ability, music at Baylor. There are many wonderful people for you to meet and great music for you to hear in our performance venues. I hope to meet you so that we can experience music together and that you’ll become a part of the Baylor Line that stretches across our campus and around the world.

With warm regards,

Gary Mortenson, DMA
Dean - School of Music
One Bear Place #97408
Baylor University
Waco, TX 76798-7408

Phone: (254) 710-1221
Fax: (254) 710-1191