Mission & History

The Central Connecticut State University Department of Music is one of the state’s leading training grounds for Connecticut’s future musical artists. The department offers bachelor degrees in Music and Music Education, and concentrations in Jazz Studies, Performance, and Theory/Composition. Many students in other degree programs choose to minor in music. CCSU’s Summer Music Institute—which celebrated its 30th year in 2014—is a unique graduate program, offering the Master of Music degree in Music Education to educators across the state and beyond. The students and faculty of the Department of Music contribute to the musical life of the campus and the community through performances both on and off campus. Entrance to the major is by competitive audition. Many music-oriented scholarships are available to incoming and transfer students.

Mission Statement

The CCSU Department of Music is dedicated to the development of competent and aesthetically sensitive musicians, intellectually deepened by a broad liberal arts education. Within the context of our music degrees, we prepare musicians for careers as educators, performers, composers and scholars while providing all students with strategies to cultivate artistic leadership in their chosen fields. We strive to foster in all students life-long connection and involvement with the art of music. The performance and scholarship of our faculty serves as an artistic and intellectual resources for Connecticut.


Since the first day of classes in 1849, CCSU (then called “Connecticut Normal School”) has been offering music courses and ensembles. The Department of Music was founded in the 1940’s, initially chaired by Dr. Etzel Wilhoit, the conductor of the New Britain Symphony. The music major, in education, was founded in the early 1970’s.