Majors & Minors

Music

 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.

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Jason Hoogerhyde

Jason Hoogerhyde

Associate Professor of Music and Chair

Jason Hoogerhyde

Jason Hoogerhyde

Associate Professor of Music and Chair

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.  

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AFTER SOUTHWESTERN

Featured Alumni Stories

Caleb Martin '17, Music Education

Music Education Major Takes Ambition to the Classroom

Caleb Martin ’17 reflects on his time at Southwestern University and how it has impacted his role as a music educator.

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Jason Schayot ’97

Southwestern alumnus nominated for 2022 Grammy Award

Jason Schayot ’97 named a semifinalist for the 2022 Music Educator Award

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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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Music News

Professor of Music Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper Resurrects the Lost Works of Groundbreaking Black Composers Florence Price and Margaret Bonds

Long marginalized by racial prejudice, the accomplishments of these pioneering American masters can now be recognized and celebrated for their importance to 20th-century classical music.

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A socially distanced outdoor theatre performance.

That Fine Arts Finesse

Making art in unprecedented times requires creative adaptation.

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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.

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Music Events

Althea Waites

Althea Waites, piano

Join us for an evening with guest artist Althea Waites.

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Anna Wicker Recital 02-2024

Student Piano Recital Anna Wicker

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Maureen Rendon ’21

Musicale

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is proud to present musicale. 

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