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F. Ludwig Diehn School of MusicAbout Us

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Old Dominion University is a growing institution with an enrollment of approximately 24,000 students. The university is located in Norfolk, Virginia, a vibrant metropolitan, historic and internationally-oriented area with a population of 1.4 million.

The F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and has been an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1978.

ODU Music students enjoy the resources of a large university within the closeness of a small community. With an enrollment of about 220 majors and minors, the F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music creates its own cohesive, tight-knit culture where supportive relationships are developed between students and teachers. We have a place for you at ODU!

Music Majors & Minors; 207 Undergraduate, 13 Graduate


recitals, concerts & master classes each year


Degree programs with several concentrations/options


Director's Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music. The F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music offers the Bachelor of Music degree in Composition, Performance, Music Education and Emphasis in Sound Recording Technology, the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and the music minor with three options. The graduate program offers a widely respected Master of Music Education degree with concentrations in Performance, Pedagogy and Research.

ODU is a large public university with well over 24,000 students. The F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music, comprised of 270+ select students, enables ODU music students to expand their skills and knowledge through supportive relationships with teachers in a cohesive, tight-knit culture. Our nationally and internationally known faculty are teacher-performers in Virginia with many serving as principal musicians with the Virginia Symphony and Virginia Opera.

The recent addition to the Diehn Center for the Performing Arts features a state of the art recording studio, a one hundred-plus seat mediated Choral rehearsal hall, a computer lab with software including Pro Tools and Sibelius, a spacious percussion rehearsal studio, several chamber music studios, and a completely outfitted Music Education facility featuring Orff instruments, a Smart Board and other technology.

The F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music offers multiple scholarships annually to outstanding music students. Scholarships are awarded for exceptional performance and are available to students in all areas, including instrumental, vocal, keyboard, and composition.

We have a place for you in the F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music! To learn more, see our Academic Programs, Admission Information and Scholarship pages. If you have any questions call (757) 683-4061, contact us by email, or contact me if you would like additional information. Thank you.


Nancy K. Klein, Ph.D. | Director, F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music

Vision Statement:

To model expertise, cultivate musicianship, advocate diverse approaches, and cultivate the experiential agility that leads one to a meaningful successful career in the arts and beyond.

Mission Statement:

The F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music cultivates and mentors a talented and diverse body of excellent artistic leaders to be at the forefront of the music field. As an urban center for musical resources and activity, we position our students towards a meaningful successful career through active engagement in performance, creative activity, pedagogy and education, research, and collaboration as passionate arts and education advocates within our global community.

Core Values of the Diehn School of Music:

  • Excellence
  • Collaboration

  • Outside-the-Box

  • Mentorship

  • Experiential

  • Global Advocacy and Engagement

  • Cultivate

  • Transform

  • Meaningful

  • Passion

  • Training the individual

  • Inclusive

      Outstanding musician-scholar-teachers provide a rich, challenging, and creative environment in which students may pursue their educational dreams and aspirations. The F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music has excellent faculty who are leaders in music education and performance throughout the region. Several faculty serve as principal musicians with the Virginia Symphony and the Virginia Opera, and are established teacher-performers in the Hampton Roads area and beyond. Our faculty is comprised of 19 full-time faculty and 35+ faculty adjuncts.

      Meet Some of Our Award Winning Faculty!

      Mike Hall, D.M.A.

      Mike Hall, D.M.A.

      Associate Professor

      Mike Hall was appointed professor of trombone/euphonium and brass choir director at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in 2006. Since 1998 he has served as Literature Reviews Editor for the International Trombone Association Journal. His principal teachers include Thomas Ashworth, Tom Ervin, Vern Kagarice, and Brian Martz. Dr. Hall has performed extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe and CMike Hallhina covering a large spectrum of styles

      Nancy Klein, Ph.D.

      Nancy Klein, Ph.D.


      Dr. Nancy Klein earned the B.S. in Music Education from the University of Richmond (cum laude), M.M.E in Vocal Performance from EKU (honors), Ph.D. in Music from NYU (valedictorian). While in New York she served as the Assistant Director/ Director of the NYU Choral Program. Dr. Klein has studied conducting and has performed as a soprano with Eric Ericson, Robert Shaw, John deRevere and James Erb. Dr. Klein has directed the ODU Choral Department since 1986.

      Douglas Owens, D.A.

      Douglas Owens, D.A.

      Associate Professor

      Douglas Owens earned the Doctor of Arts degree in Music with emphases in Music Education and Jazz Pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado in 2003. Dr. Owens earned the Master of Music in trumpet performance in 1986 and the Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1983, each from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

      ODU Music Alumni are performing and teaching all over the region and the country. The Diehn School enjoys a special relationship with military music programs in all branches of the service. Graduates often enter military music programs and military musicians often pass through our BME program and become teachers after their military music career.

      The F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music Alumni Chapter consists of all graduates of the F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music, which includes Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts and Music Minors. This free affiliate chapter promotes alumni to stay connected with their program, school, current students and Old Dominion University. Like us on Facebook to keep your contact information up-to-date and share your alumni stories and accomplishments.

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      The moderate winter climate and the university's proximity to the resort community of Virginia Beach makes Hampton Roads a desirable place to live. The area is home to the Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Opera, the Virginia Stage Company and the highly successful Virginia Arts Festival.

      On Campus

      Diehn Fine & Performing Arts Center - DIEHN

      State of the Art Facilities

      Diehn & Performing Arts, Phase II

      The F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music is housed in the F. Ludwig Diehn Center for the Performing Arts. In 2014, Old Dominion University opened a new addition to the Diehn Center for the Performing Arts.

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