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

Associate Professor of Music



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

Photograph of composer Florence B. Price. Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

Rediscovering a 20th-Century Musical Master

Professor of Music and Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts Michael Cooper uncovers and edits unpublished works by African-American composer Florence B. Price.

Mattie Kotzur ’16

Mattie Kotzur ’16 Combines Two of her Passions as Music Teacher at Ford Elementary in Georgetown

Whether she’s teaching second graders about Mozart or showing fourth graders the correct way to hold a recorder, Kotzur approaches each day with positivity, determination and joy.

Isabel Tweraser '19

Student to be Guest Soloist with Austin Civic Orchestra

Junior cello player, Isabel Tweraser’19, will be a guest soloist for the Austin Civic Orchestra’s An American in Paris concert.