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

Bruce Cain

Bruce Cain

Associate Professor of Music and Chair

Phone

512.863.1366
Bruce Cain

Bruce Cain

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.  

SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION



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

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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Sydney Seavey ’20

A Musician’s Approach to Medicine

Chemistry major and cellist Sydney Seavey ’20 shares how she has found harmony in music and the path toward medical school.

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Music Events

Image of a grand piano on the Alma Thomas Stage with acoustic shells set up behind it.

Musicale

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts is pleased to present a recital featuring our talented vocal and instrumental music students.

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Image of a grand piano on the Alma Thomas Stage with acoustic shells set up behind it.

Musicale

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts is pleased to present a recital featuring our talented vocal and instrumental music students.

FIND OUT MORE
Image of a grand piano on the Alma Thomas Stage with acoustic shells set up behind it.

Musicale

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts is pleased to present a recital featuring our talented vocal and instrumental music students.

FIND OUT MORE