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.

Drew Lang

Adjunct Lecturer, Marimba

Percussionist Drew Lang has commissioned and premiered works for marimba in solo, chamber and concerto settings. An active recitalist and clinician, Lang appears throughout the United States. He has premiered two concertos by G. Bradley Bodine and recorded David Maslanka’s Concerto for Marimba and Band with the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble, G. Bradley Bodine’s Namaste: Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble and Dan McCarthy’s Concerto for Marimba, Percussion Ensemble and Synthesizers with the Meadows Percussion Ensemble. He has also recorded Astor Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango with flutist Helen Blackburn on the Breckenridge Music Festival label.

Currently, Lang is involved in performing Namaste with a consortium of 11 university percussion ensembles. He also performed Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra with the Breckenridge Music Festival in August 2010.

As a percussionist, he performs regularly with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and is the principal mallet player with the Dallas Wind Symphony and percussionist for Casa Mañana Musicals. In addition, he is principal percussionist for the Breckenridge Music Festival in Breckenridge, Colo.

Besides playing drum set in contemporary church services and local jazz clubs he plays in the Dallas-based rock band, Scarlet Vermillion.

Lang is on the percussion faculties at Southern Methodist University and Eastfield College.  He is also director of the "Marimba Madness" summer Junior High/High School percussion camp.


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