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.

Gary Foster

Senior Lecturer in Music Theory

Dr. Gary Foster, Senior Lecturer in Music Theory at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, taught for 28 years at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., ten of which he served as music department chair. At Northeastern, he taught music theory, music education courses and studio piano.

Earlier in his career, Foster taught music for ten years in the Ector County School District in Odessa, Texas. There, he led junior high and high school choral groups that typically earned high scores at University Interscholastic League concert and sight reading competitions.

Foster, a lifetime member of Phi Mu Alpha national music fraternity, joined the SMU faculty in 2005, where he teaches music theory, form and analysis, and aural skills, and often serves on student recital committees.

Education

Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 4.0 grade average; M.M., Texas Tech University, 4.0 grade average; B.M., University of North Texas, graduated with honors

Professional Experience

Taught several different courses in music including studio piano, music theory, counterpoint, form & analysis and music education methods (elementary and secondary); conducted and accompanied numerous choral groups (public school, church choir); served as organist for Episcopal churches (Oklahoma). Serves on SMU Meadows junior and senior recital committee reviewing performance voice and instrument majors.

Teaching

Music Theory I, II, III, IV; Aural Skills I, II, III, IV; Form & Analysis (MUTH 3350); Counterpoint

Distinctions

Recognized for Outstanding Teaching at Northeastern State University, Oklahoma.

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