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

Professor of Music Lois Ferrari

Southwestern Professor of Music Takes Second Place in Two National Awards

Lois Ferrari has been honored twice by The American Prize 2018–2019 competitions for her work with the Austin Civic Orchestra.

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Yael Weiss, piano

Yael Weiss’s “32 Bright Clouds” Finds New Harmony in Beethoven

32 artists. 32 countries of unrest. 32 new compositions. Experience award-winning pianist Yael Weiss perform her groundbreaking peace project inspired by Beethoven’s 32 sonatas on the Alma Thomas Stage.

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Thomas Vanderzyde ’19 and Myles Kellerman ’20. Photo by Olivia Wise ’18.

Press Play and Learn to Play

Four students combine pedagogy, performance and production value in a project to create high-quality online guitar tutorials.

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Music Events

Faculty Concert

Faculty Concert

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts is pleased to present a faculty concert with cellist Hai Zheng, featuring David Asbury (guitar), Bruce Cain (Baritone), and Toby Blumenthal-Phillips (piano).

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Inversion Ensemble

Sarofim Music Series: Inversion Ensemble

The Music Department is delighted to welcome Inversion Ensemble to the Alma Thomas stage as part of the 2019-2020 Sarofim Music Series.

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Musicale

Musicale

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

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