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.

Paul Garner

Paul Garner

Adjunct Associate Professor of Clarinet

Paul Garner is Associate Principal and E-flat Clarinetist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his Dallas appointment he was a member of the orchestras of New Orleans and Denver, and also served in the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point. He is a member of the Grammy-nominated new music ensemble Voices of Change, and his chamber music affiliations include Fine Arts Chamber Players, Basically Beethoven, Hubbard Chamber Players, Crowley Chamber Series, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Walden Chamber Music Society of Colorado. He is Principal Clarinetist of the Music in the Mountains Festival of Durango, Colorado, and has performed at the Vail Bravo Festival, Grand Teton Festival, and Brevard Music Festival.  He has published in The Clarinet, and has served on the faculty of Southern Methodist University since 1999. His principal teachers include Kalmen Opperman, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Fred Ormand and Larry Maxey.

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