Music

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Music students have performance opportunities from the first semester onward.

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Stellar faculty includes 19 members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Grammy winners and performing and recording artists, augmented by guests such as acclaimed DSO conductor Jaap van Zweden.

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Numerous ensembles and programs, including the Meadows Opera Theatre, provide multiple opportunities for performing on and off campus.

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Multiple degrees are offered in performance, composition, music therapy, education and more at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Strings

Strings at Meadows

String Faculty

Violin
Emanuel Borok
Concertmaster-retired, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Gnessin School of Music, Moscow
eborok@smu.edu

Chee-Yun Kim
International Recording Artist; The Juilliard School
kimc@smu.edu

Diane Kitzman
Violin, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; BA, University of Michigan
kitzman.diane@yahoo.com

Viola 
Ellen Rose
Principal Viola, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; MM, The Juilliard School
erose@smu.edu

Barbara Sudweeks
Associate Principal Viola, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Curtis Institute of Music, University of Utah
linxinmeng@sbcglobal.net

Cello
Christopher Adkins
Principal Cello, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; MMA, Yale University
tygaar@sbcglobal.net

Andrés Díaz
International Recording Artist; Artist Diploma, New England Conservatory
adiaz@smu.edu

Double Bass
Thomas Lederer
Co-Principal Bass, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; BFA, Carnegie Mellon University
tlederer@smu.edu

Harp
Naoko Nakamura
Principal Harp, Dallas Wind Symphony
BM,  Oberlin Conservatory
MM, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University
nnakamura@smu.edu

Orchestra
Paul Phillips
Director of Orchestral Activities; DMA, Eastman School of Music
paulp@smu.edu; 214-768-4247

The Meadows Commitment

Southern Methodist University is located in the heart of Dallas, a vibrant city and major cultural center. As a result, you will not only have access to all the advantages of being a student in the Division of Music at this prominent university, but will be within easy reach of more than 500 cultural events a year. The faculty of the Meadows School of the Arts is committed to the highest standards of teaching and to active professional participation in music performance and research. Students benefit from the broad experience of our faculty, our rehearsal and performance facilities, the Hamon Arts Library, our visiting artists, and the thriving culture of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The quality of instruction at Meadows is superlative and is further augmented by world-renowned ensembles and exceptional opportunities.

Meadows Symphony Orchestra

The Meadows Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Paul Phillips, performs an extensive season of concerts annually and collaborates with the Meadows Choral Ensembles, the Meadows Opera Theatre, and the Meadows Division of Dance. The orchestra is comprised of gifted students from around the world, including Eastern Europe, Asia, South America, and other areas, as well as from every region of the United States. Many of the orchestra’s students are active as international soloists, participants in major music festivals, and prizewinners at international competitions.

Meadows Chamber Music 

The Meadows Chamber Music program provides an opportunity for string players to perform exceptional chamber music ranging from trios to nonets. Not limited to the traditional string quartet, students may also perform a much more extensive repertoire including chamber music with pianists or woodwind or brass players. 

Bachelor of Music Degrees

The Bachelor of Music in Performance prepares undergraduates for a performance career and for private studio teaching. Members of the string faculty draw upon accumulated knowledge and skills developed over many years as successful performers and teachers. This program of study provides a balanced performance curriculum of orchestral excerpts and solo and chamber repertoire, together with performance in orchestra every semester throughout the four-year degree. There are also opportunities to perform in the Meadows Jazz Orchestra and the Meadows World Music Ensemble. All undergraduate music degrees include a balanced curriculum of music theory, aural skills, music history, pedagogy, and interesting elective courses together with a well-rounded general college curriculum. These courses provide a solid foundation for a lifetime of continued learning, creativity, and artistic fulfillment.

String players may also pursue degrees in Music Education, Music Therapy, or Composition while still developing professional-level musicianship. These degrees include performance-level string study while developing undergraduates' skills and knowledge for these careers. A Bachelor of Arts in Music degree facilitates double majors or the inclusion of Pre-Med or Pre-Law courses.

Graduate Degrees

The Master of Music in Performance degree prepares students to pursue a career in performance or to undertake further studies at the doctoral level, positioning them to become college studio professors. The degree is completed in four semesters of study with a minimum of 30 credits required for graduation. The Performer Diploma and Artist Diploma are two-year programs (20 credits) for musicians in their final stages of preparation for professional performance careers. Contact Dr. Wagner for details.

Complete the graduate application online.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

If undergraduate need-based financial aid is desired, the FAFSA and CSS Profile must be completed. All applicants are considered for academic and music scholarships. We will do our best to provide a financial aid package that makes an education in the Meadows School of the Arts affordable.

Graduate financial assistance is available through merit scholarships, graduate assistantships, and work-study positions. The FAFSA is required for work-study and graduate assistantships. 

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