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Department of Music at Southwest Baptist University

Upcoming Workshops and Events

Ozark Honors Music Festival

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Questions? Contact

Martha Hicks, D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Music, and Professor of Music
(417) 328-1633


Jane Munson-Berg
Andrew Campbell
Robert Carney
Martha Hicks
Brian Hopwood
Terri Knupps
Melinda Smashey Jones
Robin Smith
James Tarrant
Jeffery Waters
Renee Waters

Faculty associates

Marc Baker - percussion
Alejandro Gonzalés Béltran - cello
Mark Bowdidge - organ
Regina Bruner - clarinet
R. Catherine Burgher - Higher Ground
Michelle Draper - flute
Delrae Glidwell - music education
Carol Harrison - violin, viola
Eric Jackson - french horn
Angel McGlasson - oboe
Sara Miller - piano, accompanist
Melissa Roberts - piano
John Strickler - guitar
Joe Wooderson - voice
Tim Wootton - trumpet

Refine your musical talent.

The Department of Music is a learning environment that inspires and leads its constituents to achieve excellence in performance, scholarship and appreciation.

Faculty encourage the highest levels of artistic achievement in a variety of performance media while recognizing the value of historical and cultural perspective and scholarship in the practice and appreciation of
the musical art.

Students are equipped for the analysis and application of written and aural theoretical concepts as a means to a deeper understanding and interpretation of the musical craft. Students are developed as educators and ministers, as well as musicians.

Performing Groups

The SBU Department of Music has both choral and instrumental performing groups.

Choral and Vocal Studies groups include Chorale, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Masterworks Chorus, Higher Ground, and Opera Theatre.

Instrumental Studies groups include Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Clara Fuson String Quartet, Woodwind Ensembles, Brass Ensembles, Percussion Ensemble and Pep Band.

Read more about these groups.


The majority of SBU music students are selected to receive financial assistance through a music performance scholarship in one or more areas (keyboard, vocal and instrumental). Awards are renewable annually. Requirements for receiving scholarships are listed with each scholarship:
Choral and Instrumental Scholarships - Participate in an assigned role in SBU ensembles.
Keyboard Scholarships - Perform assigned accompanying duties for soloists and/or ensembles in the department.

All scholarships must maintain a 2.5 minimum grade point average in all college course work.

SBU Music Scholarship Application

Repertoire Guidelines

Upcoming Workshops and Events

February 12-13, 2016: Ozarks Honors Music Festival
Honor musicians will perform in the Honor Choir, Honor String Orchestra and Honor Band, and will have the opportunity to perform in master classes, take private lessons with SBU faculty, hear college-level recitals, attend seminars on subjects such as jazz improvisation and preparing for contest, and audition for Music Performance Scholarships for SBU’s Department of Music.

May 16-24, 2016: SBU Chorale Performance Trip to Germany and Austria
Both alumni and current students are invited to participate in the 2016 SBU Chorale Performance trip. The tour will make stops in Germany and Austria.
Contact Dr. Tarrant at for more info.
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