Majors & Minors


 Dedicated to providing a robust and rigorous approach to the field of musical study and performance, the Southwestern University Music Department combines serious musical education with the depth and richness of a modern liberal arts curriculum.


David Asbury

David Asbury

Associate Professor of Music


David Asbury

David Asbury

Associate Professor of Music

The Southwestern University Music Department combines serious musical education with the depth and richness of a modern liberal arts curriculum.

Southwestern Music students are exposed to a wide range of musical opportunities. Whether it’s the chance to perform as a soloist or in an ensemble, compose and hear your own music, study ancient and modern musical forms, or perform at an international music festival, students can pursue their individual interests and have high impact learning experiences in the field of music.

Our balanced curriculum provides students a wide range of transferable skills that prepares them to succeed in a variety of fields. Many of our students go on to graduate school or conservatories and pursue careers within the field of music, while others enter different fields including law, medicine, education, business, computer science, and more.

Southwestern University has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1951.

Music Scholarships

Scholarships for prospective students are available by audition in vocal and instrumental music. We offer both Sarofim Scholarships for music majors and Performance Awards for non-majors participating in departmental ensembles. Awards are renewable annually for up to eight semesters.  



Featured Alumni Stories

Mauro Garcia ’18 participates in the Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center Young Artist Program at the University of Texas at Austin.

From Chemist to Countertenor

Mauro Garcia ’18 expands his vocal horizons at the Butler Opera Center Young Artist Program.

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Michael Nguyen ’03

The Many Colors of Michael Nguyen

A Southwestern alum turned patent attorney serves the community as an advocate of LGBTQ rights and livable cities.

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Weston Hurt '99 in Tosca with the Tulsa Opera.

Southwestern Alumnus Turns International Opera Star

Weston Hurt ’99 reflects fondly on his early career at Southwestern.

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Music News

Brielle Read ’20 in Desierto De Atacama, Chile

A World Traveler

Fulbright Scholar Brielle Read ’20 has been traveling the world and making a difference since the tender age of 14.

COVID-19 and Music

Scholarly Perspectives on COVID-19, Part 10: A Prolonged Intermission

Professor of Music Michael Cooper reflects on the many ways that the pandemic has affected musicologists and other musicians—and the lessons we can learn about the power of art.

Sydney Seavey ’20

A Musician’s Approach to Medicine

Chemistry major and cellist Sydney Seavey ’20 shares how she has found harmony in music and the path toward medical school.



Music Events

Overhead view of drumset and a pair of drumsticks, with text overlay: "Southwestern University Percussion Ensemble Recital"

Southwestern University Percussion Ensemble Recital

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is proud to present a spring recital with the Southwestern University Percussion Ensemble in the Alma Thomas Theater.

A student wearing an SU mask plays handbells while looking at sheet music

Southwestern University Handbell Choirs Concert

The SU Handbell Choirs present a spring concert featuring popular songs from Adele, the Beatles, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more!

Graphic of a green handprint with an overlay of a white shack graphic and the word "SHELTER." 

Shelter from the Storm

Join music students from the Sarofim School of Fine Arts for a music festival and showcase benefitting the Hope Alliance Women’s Shelter.