The School of Music, boasting more than 350 music majors, has assembled an outstanding faculty committed to the professional training of talented students in the areas of music performance, music education, music theory, music history/literature, and composition. The music building features an intimate recital hall, ensemble rehearsal halls, teaching studios, classrooms, and practice rooms for individual student development. Construction of a 30,000-square-foot addition to the music building was completed in 1999. The building contains a midsize concert hall, new rehearsal spaces for the choral and instrumental ensembles and a new percussion studio. The renovation of the original building houses practice rooms, teaching studios, classrooms and administrative offices. The school also occupies teaching areas in the Griffith Fine Arts Building and gives many concerts in the 1,000-seat Turner Auditorium.
Accreditation: The school is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and is a member of the Texas Association of Music Schools and the Texas Music Educators Association.
Programs of Study
Instrumental (wind/percussion): The bands at SFA are nationally recognized for excellence. Ensembles include the Wind Symphony, Lumberjack Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble and Pep Band. Chamber music ensembles include brass and woodwind quintets, a saxophone quartet, percussion ensemble, steel drum band, trumpet ensemble and flute choir. Special summer activities include band camps, a percussion symposium and a Chamber Music Festival.
Instrumental (orchestral): The SFA orchestra, the Orchestra of the Pines, is fast becoming one of the premier regional orchestras in the region and state. The orchestra offers a full concert season of masterpieces of the orchestral repertoire. Several performances are given each year in East Texas communities. String students also assist the choral and opera programs in the school.
Vocal (choral/opera): The choirs and opera program at SFA have gained recognition throughout the nation and in Europe. Ensembles include the A Cappella Choir, Choral Union, Madrigal Singers, Women's Choir and the Opera Workshop. The choirs perform a full concert series that includes Christmas programs in December and a Choral Masterworks concert each spring. The opera theatre program presents a full-length major opera each spring. Summer opportunities include opera training and an all-state choir camp.
Keyboard: Keyboard majors are offered extensive training in technique, repertoire, pedagogy and accompanying. Students may earn a degree in performance and/or an emphasis or certificate in piano pedagogy. Qualified students may teach in the SFA Music Preparatory Division. All keyboard faculty members continue to be very active in solo, concert and chamber concert performances.
Composition: Composition students are offered training in jazz, electronic and film music, as well as the standard compositional forms. All faculty composers have national reputations and published works to their credit. A 12-station Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) lab allows students to get extensive training in the technological side of composition.
Sound Recording Technology: Music Technology students are offered classes in audio technology, the music industry, music recording and production, and sound editing techniques. Students also experience specialized work place training in sound recording technology with approved private professionals in the music industry.
Music majors and minors are encouraged to join and participate in several musical organizations offered through the school. Organizations include:
- Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity,
- Mu Phi Epsilon,
- Phi Boota Roota percussion fraternity,
- Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
- and Tau Beta Sigma band sorority.
The School of Music holds auditions for scholarships each spring for incoming freshmen and transfer students. The largest scholarship awards are offered during the Young Artists Scholarship Auditions (usually at the beginning of March). Scholarship awards up to $12,000 over four years are offered in each program area: keyboard, strings, voice and wind/percussion. Music Activity Scholarships also are available to qualified music majors for participation in major ensembles. Students should contact the school for scheduled audition dates or to schedule an individual audition time. Graduate assistantships also are available each year in the areas of band, choir, orchestra, class piano, jazz studies, trumpet, flute, voice, and concert coordination.
For more information, contact the School of Music at firstname.lastname@example.org or 936.468.4602.