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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David Asbury

David Asbury

Associate Professor of Music

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512.863.1374
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.  

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AFTER SOUTHWESTERN

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

Katiebeth Brandt ’19

Of Notes and Notations

Southwestern music literature major Katiebeth Brandt ’19 helps resurrect the long-archived manuscripts of composer Florence B. Price.

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Harpist Ann Yeung & flutist Jonathan Keeble

Aletheia Duo Concert Celebrates the Beauty of Life and Nature

This “spectacular pairing” will perform their critically acclaimed flute and harp music in the Caldwell–Carvey Foyer as part of the 2019–2020 Sarofim Music Series.

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Members of the Southwestern Chorale. Photo by Carlos Barron '10

Inversion Ensemble brings Greatest Hits to the Alma Thomas Stage

The Austin-based choral collective will collaborate with Beth Everett and the Southwestern Chorale to perform favorites from their repertoire of new, original music.

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Music Events

Musicale

Musicale

The Music Department is pleased to present a Musicale consisting of student solo and ensemble works.

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Alina Kobialka, violin

Sarofim Music Series: Alina Kobialka, violin

The Music Department is excited to announce a concert with guest violinist Alina Kobialka and faculty pianist Kiyoshi Tamagawa as part of the Sarofim Music Series season.

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Wind Ensemble

Southwestern University Wind Ensemble and Orchestra

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is pleased to present the Southwestern University Wind Ensemble and Orchestra in concert under the direction of Lois Ferrari.

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