Wanda L. Bass School of Music

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Oklahoma City University Bass School of Music
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Type Private
Established 1940s
2006 (current school)
Parent institution
Oklahoma City University
Dean Mark Parker
Students 350
Location Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Campus Urban
Website http://www.okcu.edu/music

The Wanda L Bass School of Music is a College at Oklahoma City University. It offers several degrees including; a BM, MM, and a BA in several areas of Music. The Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University is an All-Steinway School,[1] the nation’s first Conn-Selmer School, a member of the National Alliance for Music Theatre, and winner of ASCAP’s national orchestral award for adventurous programming of contemporary music.[2]


The Bass School offers two undergraduate tracks. The performance-intensive Bachelor of Music degree and the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Music or Sacred Music. The Bachelor of Music includes in instrumental performance, music theater, vocal performance, music education, composition, music business, and piano pedagogy.[3]

Their graduate programs integrate performance skills and pedagogy. The Master's of Music degrees include composition, conducting, instrumental performance, vocal performance, opera performance, and music theater.[3]

Opera and Music Theatre Company[edit]

In addition to providing degrees in various areas of music, the Wanda L Bass School of Music is known for its Opera and Musical Theatre productions. The school produces six main stage shows each season.[4] In recent years the school has produced many shows including; Parade, La Boheme, Seussical, The Secret Garden, The Music Man, Urban Cowboy:The Musical, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Opera), A Streetcar Named Desire (Opera), The Magic Flute, The Pirates of Penzance, Guys and Dolls, Falstaff, Lucia di Lammermoor, Oil City Symphony, The Boor (Opera), Signor Deluso, The Medium, The Fantastiks, Man of La Mancha, Songs For a New World, The Merry Widow, Suor Angelica, L'heure espagnole, Kiss Me, Kate, West Side Story, Passion, Susannah, Così fan tutte], The Elixir of Love, Bye Bye Birdie, The Tender Land, Working, The Impresario and Oklahoma!.[5]

The Wanda L. Bass School of Music produces another, student run, Music Theatre Company called "Stripped". This is where students will direct, cast and produce new musicals that are totally stripped down with no sets, no props and no costumes. Playwrights from all over North America and Europe submit their new musicals and four or five are then selected. The birth of the project gained national attention from nationally recognized websites and web publications.[6]


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