Graduate Advising

Thomas Crespo, the Assistant Dean of Admission, Financial Aid and Graduate Services, oversees all graduate student services, including advising and graduate work stipends. Christina Wouters, the Assistant Director of Graduate Services and Financial Aid, advises Bienen graduate students. Graduate students may also be assigned a faculty advisor from their program. General advising and financial aid questions may be directed to

Directors of Graduate Study are responsible for the academic and curricular oversight of all graduate degrees in the Bienen School of Music, in consultation with Bienen faculty, program coordinators, and department chairs. The 2023-24 Directors of Graduate Study are James Giles (Music Performance) and Ryan Dohoney (Music Studies).

Students are responsible for ensuring all degree and program requirements are met during the period of study.

Graduate Services

The Office of Graduate Services is the central office for graduate student advising. Our office is located in Student Affairs on the 2nd floor of the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts (RCMA), Room 2-115. To schedule an advising appointment, email

Student Affairs – Office of Graduate Services
70 Arts Circle Drive
Room 2-115
Evanston, IL 60208



Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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