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.

Large Ensembles (PERE)

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. This listing is not considered authoritative. Please visit Access.SMU for authoritative course offerings including meeting times, professor, and more.

PERE 1011, 1111: Mustang Strings: An SMU Campus Orchestra
Open to all students and community members. Does not meet the large ensemble requirement for music majors. Prerequisite: Audition or permission of instructor. 

PERE 1012, 1112: Mustang Marching Band
Experience in preparation and performance of music for field performances. May be taken for large-ensemble credit by majors. 

PERE 1013, 1113: Meadows Chorale
This mixed choir features the most advanced vocal talent in the university. Meadows Chorale is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of major. Auditions are held at the beginning of the fall term. 

PERE 1014, 1114: Concert Choir
This large mixed ensemble performs a variety of choral repertoire and is open to all students through audition. Auditions are held at the beginning of every term.

PERE 1017, 1117: SMU Symphony Band
Open to all students, including music majors, non-music majors, and community members. This ensemble provides a concert band experience exploring band music ranging from transcriptions to original works. Does not meet the large ensemble requirement for music majors. Prerequisite: Audition or permission of instructor. 

PERE 1018, 1118: Meadows Symphony Orchestra
The symphony is open to all students on an audition selection basis. Although the majority of membership is composed of students who are majoring in music, any university student may audition. Each season, the Symphony performs publicly in concert a wide variety of orchestral repertoire.

PERE 1019, 1119: Meadows Wind Ensemble
Although the majority of the membership is composed of students who are majoring or minoring in music, the class is open to all students on an audition selection basis. Performs a wide variety of literature that encompasses the symphonic band and wind orchestra idioms. 

PERE 6012: Mustang Marching Band
Membership is open to both music majors and minors and non-majors. Experience in preparation and performance of music for field performances. May be taken for large ensemble credit by majors.

PERE 6013, 6113: Meadows Chorale
Meadows Chorale is a select mixed ensemble open to all students by audition. Spring term participants in the ensemble will be required to attend an additional 50-minute rehearsal weekly to prepare for a combined choral-orchestra concert.

PERE 6014, 6114: Concert Choir
A choral organization open to all students. Non-music majors are encouraged to participate. Placement hearings will be held at the beginning of each term. Spring term participants in the ensemble will be required to attend an additional 50-minute rehearsal weekly to prepare for a combined choral-orchestra concert.

PERE 6018, 6118: Meadows Symphony Orchestra
The symphony is a large orchestra that performs major repertoire. Non-majors who wish an orchestral performance experience are invited to audition.

PERE 6019, 6119: Meadows Wind Ensemble
The wind ensemble is open to all students on an audition selection basis. Although the majority of the membership is composed of students who are majoring or minoring in music, any University student may audition. The wind ensemble performs a wide variety of literature that encompasses both the symphonic band and wind orchestra idioms.

PERE 6050, 6150: Meadows Opera Ensemble
Musical preparation, rehearsal and performance of one-act operas, opera excerpts and/or a complete role. Eligibility, by audition, for the annual main stage production. Dramatic coaching and role study. Meets concurrently with Meadows Opera Workshop. Spring term participants in the ensemble will be required to attend an additional 50-minute rehearsal weekly to prepare for a combined choral-orchestra concert. For senior voice performance and second year Master of Music voice performance majors only.

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