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.

Contact

David Asbury

Associate Professor of Music

Phone

512.863.1374

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.  

SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION



AFTER SOUTHWESTERN

Featured Alumni Stories

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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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.

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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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Music News

Isabel Tweraser '19 at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference in Kyoto with Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum and Lauren Gillespie ’19.

Musician Presents Research at International Computer Science Conference

From soloing at the Austin Civic Orchestra to presenting at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference in Japan, cellist Isabel Tweraser ’19 embodies Southwestern’s commitment to interdisciplinary study.

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Assistant Professor of Music Hai Zheng Olefsky

Southwestern Music Professor to be Honored by Austin Mayor Steve Adler

Assistant Professor of Music Hai Zheng Olefsky will be honored with special proclamation on May 10 for her contribution to the Austin community.

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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.

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Music Events

Sacred Musicale

Sacred Musicale

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is excited to announce a Sacred Musicale led by the Southwestern University Chorale.

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Musicale

Musicale

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is pleased to present a Musicale consisting of student solo and ensemble works. The event is free and open to the public. 

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Chorale

Chorale

Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is pleased to present the Southwestern University Chorale in concert under the direction of Dr. Beth Everett. Free and Open to the Public.

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