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.

John Kitzman

Adjunct Professor, Trombone

John Kitzman, Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Southern Methodist University, has been principal trombonist of the Dallas Symphony since 1972. He has recorded extensively with the Dallas Symphony for RCA, Telarc, Angel, Pro Arte, Dorian, and Delos, with more than 50 recordings on those labels and a solo CD on Crystal Records. Kitzman has performed with the Boston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony, and the World Philharmonic and toured with the Summit Brass Ensemble. He has soloed with the Dallas Symphony, the Amarillo Symphony, and the West Point Band and in various solo recital and master class appearances across the country. He has been on the faculty of the Round Top Music Festival for many years.

Kitzman received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty of Southern Methodist University in 1975. His students have won jobs in orchestras in the United States and abroad, including the Dallas Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Kennedy Center Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony and in our foremost service bands, the U.S. Marine Band, the Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. and the United States Military Academy Band. Kitzman studied with Henry Smith of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Ed Herman of the New York Philharmonic and Per Brevig of the Metropolitan Opera. While at Tanglewood he won the Spaulding Prize for the Outstanding Instrumentalist of the season in 1968.

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