Music students have performance opportunities from the first semester onward.


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.


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


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

Welcome to the Division of Music

Samuel S. Holland, Professor and Director
Division of Music

The Meadows Division of Music is made up of an extraordinary team of artists, scholars, teachers, and students who find joy and satisfaction in the performance and study of great music.

Music students encounter virtually unlimited opportunities at Meadows. They take private lessons, explore music history and theory, perform in ensembles for a full season of orchestral, wind, chamber, and choral concerts, travel to concerts and festivals, and study abroad. Among the more than 200 performances each year are an opera production, a student concerto concert with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, and a gala performance at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

The Meadows Division of Music at SMU is internationally recognized for its award-winning students, renowned performing ensembles, and distinguished faculty of performers, composers, and scholars—including violinists Chee-Yun Kim and Emanuel Borok, cellist Andres Diaz, pianist Joaquin Achucarro, classical guitarist Robert Guthrie, and members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Students interact with an extensive slate of guest performers, conductors, composers, and scholars.

This Division of Music is served by excellent facilities in the Owen Fine Arts Center including Caruth Auditorium, O’Donnell Recital Hall, Jeanne Roach Johnson Practice Complex, and more--all located on the beautiful suburban campus of SMU, four miles from the Dallas Arts District. Meadows is delightfully in tune with the energy of the city’s exciting cultural life.

In short, the Meadows School is a dynamic place with extraordinary people doing significant work. Wherever you find yourself in your own musical journey, I hope you will consider SMU as a place where we can help you achieve your dreams.


Samuel S. Holland, Ph.D., NCTM
Professor and Director
Division of Music

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Communication Studies

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts



Welcome to the Division of Music

About the Division of Music

Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies





Faculty and Staff

Dallas Resources

Student Resources

SMU Meadows Licensed Music Rights

Workshops and Special Programs