May 26, 2018  
2014-15 Catalog 
2014-15 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Program



Music 142

Director of the Center for the Arts: David R. Humphrey

Coordinator of Music Program:  Jeff Richmond

Professor Associate Professor Adjunct Faculty Emeritus Faculty
Rhett L. Bender Fredna Grimland  Todd Barton Margaret Evans
Paul T. French Cynthia Hutton Martin Behnke Max McKee
Terry Longshore Jeff Richmond Tessa Brinckman  
Vicki Purslow   Scott Cole  
Alexander Tutunov   Steve Davidson  
    James Edwards  
    Kimberly Fitch  
    Kristina Foltz  
    Jodi French  
    Laurie Hunter  
    Mark Jacobs  
    Bryan Jeffs  
    Walker Kermode  
    Kristin Kessler  
    Phebe Kimball  
    Mark Knippel  
    Martin Majkut  
    Don Matthews  
    Sean McCoy  
    Katheryn McElrath  
    David Miller  
    Ellie Holt-Murray  
    Fred Schmidt  
    Kirby Shaw  
    Thomas Stauffer  
    Lisa Truelove  
    Chris Williams  

Performing Arts: Music offers music majors and minors an integrated curriculum designed to teach the varied skills necessary for a professional career in music and to develop the student’s understanding and appreciation for the art of music. Coursework combines class and individual instruction by nationally and internationally renowned artists with innovative, computer-aided instruction. Curricular offerings are designed to enable highly motivated students with diverse musical backgrounds to become skilled musicians capable of making artistic musical contributions to society as performers, educators, composers, scholars, music-business professionals, and active supporters and appreciators of music.

SOU has been designated by the Oregon University System as a Center of Excellence in the Fine and Performing Arts. The Music Program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The faculty is dedicated to promoting a positive, student-centered environment in which students-by performance, creative activity, research, scholarship, and teaching opportunities-develop the skills, independence of thought, and discipline to fulfill their musical aspirations.

Musical Organizations

The following organizations are open to qualified students by instructor consent: Chamber Choir, Jefferson State Choral Coalition, Opera Workshop, Wind Ensemble, The SOU Jazz Collective, Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, Raider Band (Pep Band), Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, Saxophone Quartet, Clarinet Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Quartet, Woodwind Quintet, Gamelan Ensemble, Horn Quartet, Saxophone Orchestra, Brass Quintet, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Combos, and Chamber Ensembles. In addition to serving as an integral part of the musical training of majors, these organizations enable nonmajors to participate in musical performances.


Performance scholarships are available to outstanding students who are planning to major in music. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of a performance audition held in February for the following academic year. Scholarship applications are available at Music or online at

Teacher Licensing

Students who would like to teach music in the Oregon public schools must complete a bachelor’s degree in music before applying for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at SOU. Interested students should consult the Department of Music for an appropriate advisor and the School of Education regarding admission requirements for the MAT program.

Students must prepare in advance to increase their chances of acceptance into this competitive program. Practica, internships, and volunteer experiences working with students in the public schools prior to application to the MAT program are required.

Music Minor and Nonmajor Course Offerings

Music minor course offerings include a selection of courses taken from the Music Core Curriculum. Nonmajors may participate in a number of courses, including all ensembles (some by audition), all history classes, and class lessons in guitar, piano, and voice. Private lessons in piano, organ, voice, strings, and most wind, brass, and percussion instruments are available to qualified students as space allows. 

Program Requirements




Undergraduate Major

Graduate Major




Applied Music


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