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.

Martin Sweidel

Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs; Associate Professor of Music

Martin Sweidel is Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. He holds a D.M.A. in Composition (1983) from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Soon after joining the Music faculty at SMU in 1986, he developed, and has since maintained, a state-of-the-art studio for electro-acoustic music in Meadows. From 1994 to 2000 he served as Chair of the Division of Music, where he helped strengthen the national reputation of the music program at SMU. He became an Associate Dean for Meadows in 2007, where he has led initiatives to support the school’s rising prominence as one of the most innovative and exciting arts schools in the country.

Dr. Sweidel teaches courses in Electro-acoustic Music; Fundamentals of Audio and Sound; Sound and Code; and Music Composition. His music and collaborative computational art projects have been seen and heard in performances, installations and broadcasts throughout the country. These have included Aurora Dallas, The Dallas Video Festival, Society of Composers, Inc., Society for Electro-Acoustic Music, Bowling Green New Music and Art Festivals, International Electronic Music-Plus, The Dallas Museum of Art and TEDxSMU. Grants have included several from Meet the Composer, two Individual Artists Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, and a Composers Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Six of his video art collaborations with Donald Pasquella are included in the TV series Frame of Mind. Commercial music by Sweidel includes electronic scores for the film The Last Witness and the documentary Adventures on the Planet Earth.

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