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.

Barbara Sudweeks

Adjunct Associate Professor, Viola

Barbara Sudweeks, violist, is the Associate Principal Viola of the Dallas Symphony and a member of that orchestra since 1976. Sudweeks has been a concerto soloist with the Dallas Symphony, the Shanghai Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Latvian Chamber Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra in Durango, Colo. and the New Philharmonic of Irving, Texas. She is a member of the October Trio (flute, harp and viola) and the contemporary music ensemble Voices of Change, and is a former member of the Walden Piano Quartet and the original Dallas String Quartet. Sudweeks has also performed with groups such as the Dallas Bach Society, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Richardson Chamber Music Society and the Fort Worth Chamber Music Society. She has appeared in chamber music concerts with Pinchas Zukerman, William Preucil, Vadim Gluzman and Yefim Bronfman. A former member of An die Musik (New York City), she has recorded and concertized extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She has been a recital soloist throughout the U.S., Australia and China, and has participated in summer festivals such as the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival and Music in the Mountains Festival. She has also given master classes at The Cleveland Institute of Music and Texas Christian University. Before coming to Dallas, Sudweeks was Principal Viola of the Hamilton Philharmonic (Ontario, Canada) and a member of the Utah Symphony. She also teaches viola, chamber music and orchestral repertoire at Southern Methodist University.

Besides playing the viola, Sudweeks loves Chinese music and enjoys playing the Chinese erhu. She has been an erhu soloist with the Kaohsiung City Chinese Orchestra in Taiwan, the Shanghai Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Jiangsu Province Symphony Orchestra in Nanjing, China, the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra in Durango, Colorado, the Dallas Symphony and the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, Texas. She has also been a recitalist in Shenyang, China.

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