Apr 04, 2020  
2015-16 Catalog 
2015-16 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Director of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University: David R. Humphrey
Chair of Music:  Vicki Purslow
Program Manager: Christi Courian
Professor Associate Professor Adjunct Faculty Emeritus Faculty
Rhett L. Bender Cynthia Hutton Ju Hu Choi Margaret Evans
Paul T. French   Ed Dunsavage Max McKee
Terry Longshore   Kimberly Fitch  
Vicki Purslow   Kristina Foltz  
Alexander Tutunov   Jodi French  
    Laurie Hunter  
    Mark Jacobs  
    Bryan Jeffs  
    Walker Kermode  
    Kristin Kessler  
    Martin Majkut  
    Don Matthews  
    Bruce McKern  
    Ellie Holt-Murray  
    Michal Palzewicz  
    Fred Schmidt  
    Kirby Shaw  
    Chris Williams  

The mission of the Music Program at Southern Oregon University is to prepare artistically talented students to express the highest level of musical artistry and creativity for careers in the performing arts. It will engage all students for lifelong enjoyment of and participation in music. In addition, it will present the best in musical performance and be a dynamic partner in the cultural tapestry of the community locally and throughout the world.

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 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, Opera Workshop, 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/March for the following academic year. Scholarship applications are available at Music or online at www.sou.edu/music.

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 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. 

Program Requirements




Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

Master of Music



Applied Music


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