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

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

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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Photograph of composer Florence B. Price. Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

Rediscovering a 20th-Century Musical Master

Professor of Music and Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts Michael Cooper uncovers and edits unpublished works by African-American composer Florence B. Price.

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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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Music Events

Yael Weiss, piano

Sarofim Music Series: Yael Weiss, piano

The Music Department is excited to announce the piano concert of guest artist, Yael Weiss, as part of the Sarofim Music Series season.

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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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Harpist Ann Yeung & flutist Jonathan Keeble

Sarofim Music Series: Aletheia Duo, flute and harp

The Music Department is thrilled to announce a flute and harp concert with Aletheia Duo as part of the Sarofim Music Series.

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