Music students have performance opportunities from the first semester onward.


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.


Numerous ensembles and programs, including the Meadows Opera Theatre, provide multiple opportunities for performing on and off campus.


Multiple degrees are offered in performance, composition, music therapy, education and more at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Robert Guthrie

Adjunct Professor of Guitar

Robert Guthrie is well known to American audiences through his hundreds of recitals and concerto performances. Guthrie has performed in virtually every major city of the United States and throughout Mexico, Italy, Russia, Spain and Venezuela. He has made recordings for N.P.R., which have been broadcast nationally, and P.B.S. produced a documentary on his performing and teaching.

Guthrie attended the North Carolina School of Arts, where he studied with Jesus Silva and Andres Segovia. His was one of the first Artist-in-Residence appointments by the North Carolina Arts Council. As a member of Affiliate Artists, he gave more than 400 performances in Mississippi, Texas, and West Virginia, and is cited by that organization as one of their most successful and popular artists.

Guthrie’s teaching credits include hundreds of master classes in universities and conservatories in the U.S. and abroad. He has been a faculty member of Yale University, the Boston Conservatory and the Aspen Music Festival. Guthrie is now head of the guitar program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where his students are frequent competition winners at local, national, and international levels.

His repertoire covers the entire history of the guitar, from the sixteenth century to the present day, with a special emphasis on the music of Spain and Latin America, and includes his own compositions.

He often judges, teaches and performs at festivals such as the Texas Guitar Festival, the UT Brownsville Ensemble Festival, and the Taxco International Guitar Festival and Competition in Taxco, Mexico.


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