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Welcome to the Division of Music

Samuel S. Holland
Algur H. Meadows Dean and Professor of Music

Contact the Division of Music

Division of Music
Meadows School of the Arts
Southern Methodist University
6101 Bishop Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75275-0356

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 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
Algur H. Meadows Dean and Professor of Music

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts



Welcome to the Division of Music

About the Division of Music

Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies

Classes (See Catalog)




Faculty and Staff

Student Resources

Student Internships & Collaborations

MuSci Lab

Meadows Artist Bridge

Dallas Resources

Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence

SMU Meadows Licensed Music Rights

Workshops and Special Programs

Opportunities for Non-Music Majors