Music and Dance

School of

Music and Dance

The premier educational institution of music and dance in the Pacific Northwest, this is the home stage for one of the largest full-time, in-residence music faculties in the West.

World-class faculty members—renowned performers themselves—teach an astonishing diversity of courses, guide more than 30 student ensembles, and manage more than 300 shows annually, featuring visiting professors, guest artists, faculty artists, and students in our state-of-the-art facilities. Here, you’ll discover countless opportunities to hone your craft and shine in the spotlight.

Leading in Dance

The University of Oregon is the only college in the state to offer a bachelor of fine arts in dance, and the only BFA degree nationwide to place equal emphasis on dances of the African diaspora and those of European roots.

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Portrait of Alfonso Keller Casielles

Alfonso Keller-Casielles

Majors: Music Performance
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Alfonso was only four when he started playing violin, but it took until his junior year of high school to decide to make a career out of music. “I could have been happy doing a lot of things but there’s something about music that’s quite magical, that connects people and the community,” he said. Since arriving at the UO, Alfonso has made a strong connection with the Oregon musical community, performing in groups from the UO undergraduate string quartet to Orchestra NEXT for the Eugene Ballet and the Rogue Valley Symphony.

Portrait of Miki Sasaki

Miki Sasaki

Assistant professor of trumpet

Miki is a trumpet switch-hitter. Educator and performer. Classical and jazz. Elementary students and collegiate players. His long and varied résumé adds up to one thing: a deep, enduring love of music and creativity. With a performance history that includes the Saint Louis Brass, Austin Symphony, Broadway’s Matilda, Hawaii Symphony, Chamber Music Northwest, Atlantic Brass Quintet, and the Boss Street Brass Band, he’s played across the country and the world. And now, he’s bringing his expertise to the UO for the next generation of musicians and educators.

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