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2016-17 Catalog 
2016-17 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Music 142
Director of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University: David R. Humphrey
Chair of Music:  Vicki Purslow
Program Manager: Gwen Graybeal
Professor Associate Professor Adjunct Faculty Emeritus Faculty Instructor
Rhett L. Bender Cynthia Hutton Madeline Abel-Kerns Margaret Evans Dan Kocurek
Paul T. French   Ju Hu Choi Max McKee  
Terry Longshore   Steven Davidson    
Vicki Purslow   Ed Dunsavage    
Alexander Tutunov   Christine Eggert    
    Kimberly Fitch    
    Jodi French    
    Laurie Hunter    
    Mark Jacobs    
    Bryan Jeffs    
    Walker Kermode    
    Kristin Kessler    
    Martin Majkut    
    Don Matthews    
    Ellie Holt-Murray    
    Michal Palzewicz    
    Fred Schmidt    
    Heather Schmidt    
    David Scoggin    
    Kirby Shaw    
    Chris Williams    


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.

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, Jazz Band, Opera Workshop, Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, Raider 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 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

Bachelor of Music

Master of Music



Applied Music


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