SARAH LYNN WOODRUFF
"My dream is to play in a pit orchestra on Broadway. Getting classically trained in piano at SMU has helped me with technique and given me more confidence. I know I have the preparation – including playing internationally, in South Africa and Indonesia – to pursue the career I want."
— Sarah Lynn Woodruff, Music and Applied Physiology and Health Management double major, at the internationally acclaimed Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in The Dallas Arts District
Hear that applause? That's for you, as you unleash your creativity on campus and in Dallas, where the broad spectrum of resources for the arts will launch your career.
Dallas invites you to live large and think big. Big D animates this slogan spectacularly in its vibrant arts and culture environment. Dallas' size, diversity, world-class museums, including SMU's own Meadows Museum, and awe-inspiring performance venues make it a valuable extension of the classroom and create exceptional opportunities for imaginative students. Whether you're a student of communication, performing or visual arts, the creative spectrum of SMU and Dallas will prepare you for a career you will love.
Our students perform regularly in storied venues in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the largest of its kind in the United States. From dancing at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House – called America's finest opera house by Opera magazine – to acting in hit productions at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, our students gain a unique range of artistic experiences in Dallas' leading arts institutions and performing arts spaces.
College Factual 2014 ranks SMU's Meadows School of the Arts No. 1 in the country for music, ahead of Yale, Princeton, Stanford and other notable universities. Our students are both artists and community influencers. All incoming Meadows students enroll in FACE: First-year Arts Community Experience. Here you’ll learn how to establish a successful arts career by managing the financial side of the business and marketing effectively with a strong online presence, gaining real-world insight on what it means to be a working, entrepreneurial artist. smu.edu/meadows
World-class resources in Dallas abound, such as SMU's Meadows Museum. This esteemed repository of one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art in the world celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015 with special exhibitions showcasing the Museum's international influence as well as academic and cultural leadership. The Abelló Collection: A Modern Taste for European Masters – a blockbuster exhibit making its international debut at the Meadows Museum – and Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting are among the highlights of the Museum's yearlong golden anniversary celebration setting the stage for the beginning of the next 50 years. smu.edu/meadowsmuseum
SMU's National Center for Arts Research, the first of its kind in the country, is a catalyst for the transformation, sustainability and advancement of the arts, making SMU a national leader in arts research. smu.edu/artsresearch
LIVE LARGE ON CULTURE
Is it possible to quantify the "cool" factor? Forbes 2014 can, and it puts Dallas at No. 10 in its list of America's Coolest Cities. Dallas beats a slew of East Coast and West Coast favorites, including New York and L.A.
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