Director of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University: David R. Humphrey
Chair of Music: Vicki Purslow
||Adjunct Faculty (continued)
|Rhett L. Bender
||Paul T. French
||Bernadette Mondok Keller
The mission of the Music program at Southern Oregon University is to develop students’ creative and technical abilities in ways to prepare them to perform, teach, create, and support music making in their communities throughout the world. We support music as a part of a liberal arts education at Southern Oregon University by fostering the joy and discipline of learning, encouraging the exploration of diverse cultures, developing the ability to collaborate, and by preparing students to make music a meaningful part of their lives.
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.
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.
Majoring in Music
Students may declare a major in Music at any time, but must pass an audition to enroll in MUP 190 , the beginning of the major applied music series.
MUP 190 - Applied Music Audition
Students need to audition to enroll in MUP 190 . For audition guidelines for all instruments & voice, CLICK HERE. To submit audition for MUP 190 and/or Music Scholarship, CLICK HERE. Students may enroll in MUP 170 - Applied Music without audition (Music minor, Musical Theatre minor, elective, or studying in order to prepare for audition).
The following organizations are open to all students: Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble. All other organizations are open to all qualified students by instructor consent: Chamber Choir, Jefferson State Choral Coalition, Jazz Band, Opera Workshop, Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, Raider Band, Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, Saxophone/Clarinet Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Left Edge Percussion, Commercial Music Ensemble, Maraval Rd. Steel Band, 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 online at www.sou.edu/music.
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 Music Program 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.
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Music
Master of Music