Music

Music
The School of Music endeavors to provide an important arts emphasis to the liberal arts education and to produce qualified musicians and music educators. 

The inclusion of music in the liberal arts curriculum ensures that all students at Texas Lutheran University will have an opportunity to experience the vital role that music can play in their cultural, aesthetic, and religious lives.

Music scholarships available. Apply for auditions at www.tlu.edu/music-scholarships.

The School of Music strives to stimulate growth in the appreciation of music among all members of the student body, and it provides professional training for those interested in a career in music. In addition, the School of Music contributes musically to the total life of the campus.

The School of Music offers programs leading to a bachelor of music with concentration in either music education, performance, or the bachelor of arts degree in music. Students not majoring in music may earn credit in band, choir, chamber orchestra and applied music for satisfying minimum degree requirements. A maximum of four semester hours in band, choir or chamber orchestra may be applied toward graduation. Additional credits earned would be in excess and not creditable toward degree requirements.  The TLU School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Bachelor's degrees in Music

  • Bachelor of Music in All-Level Music Education, Vocal Emphasis

    60 semester hours, including MUSI 111, 112, 131, 132, 211, 212, 223, 231, 232, 235, 301, 327, 328, 332, 335, 339, 375, 376; MUED 472, 432B; two hours from AMU_ 118c, 114c, 115c, 117c; AMU_ 111p, 112p, 211p, 212p, 311p, 312p, 411p, 412p; two hours additional AMU lessons and/or classes; two hours MUSI 118 with enrollment in each semester enrolled; enrollment in piano study until proficiency completed. See Education section for additional guidelines regarding admission to the teacher education program.

  • Bachelor of Music in All-Level Music Education, Instrumental Emphasis

    60 semester hours, including MUSI 110, 111, 112, 131, 132, 211, 212, 214, 231, 232, 235, 301, 327, 328, 332, 339, 375, 376; MUED 472, 432A; AMU_ 113c, 114c, 115c, 116c, 117c, 111p, 112p, 211p, 212p, 311p, 312p, 411p, 412p; two hours additional AMU lessons and/or classes; two hours MUSI 114 or 117 with enrollment in each semester enrolled; enrollment in piano study until proficiency completed. See Education section for additional guidelines regarding admission to the teacher education program.

  • Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance

    60 semester hours, including MUSI 111, 112, 131, 132, 211, 212, 223, 231, 232, 235, 302, 327, 335B, 375, 376, 402, 431B; MUED 472; AMU_ 121a, 122a, 221a, 222a, 321a, 322a, 421a, 422a; two hours MUSI 314; two hours MUSI 118 with enrollment in each semester enrolled; two hours secondary lessons; enrollment in piano study until proficiency completed.

  • Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance

    60 semester hours, including MUSI 111, 112, 131, 132, 211, 212, 231, 232, 235, 302, 327, 335A or 335C, 339, 375, 376, 402; MUSI 431A or 431C; MUED 472; AMU_ 121a, 122a, 221a, 222a, 321a, 322a, 421a, 422a; two hours secondary lessons and/or from AMU_ 113c, 114c, 115c, 116c, 117c, and/or MUSI 214; two hours MUSI 114 or 117 with enrollment in each semester enrolled; enrollment in piano study until proficiency completed.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music

    33 semester hours, including MUSI 111, 112, 131, 132, 211, 212, 231, 232, 235, 301, 327, 401; MUED 472 or any MUSI 300 or above; AMU_ 111p, 112p, 211p, 212p, 311p, 312p, 411p, 412p; one hour MUSI 114, 117 or 118 with enrollment in each semester enrolled; enrollment in piano study until proficiency completed.

  • Additional Instruction

    Music majors may take advantage of piano instruction with highly qualified instructors with a wealth of concert experience in solo performance and chamber music. Students can also receive instruction in traditional and contemporary church music, keyboard improvisation, and jazz.

    Students interested in combining their musical talents with business acumen can minor in Business of the Arts or Social Entrepreneurship concentrating on Nonprofit Management or Arts for Social Change.

  • Ensembles & Performance Opportunities

    The School of Music offers a variety of outlets and repertoires for music study and performance with ensembles open by audition to all students regardless of major.

    CHORAL

    Kantorei Chamber Choir

    Members of this ensemble are the strongest vocal musicians enrolled at TLU. Auditions are open to any active member of the TLU Choir. Kantorei focuses on the performance of the music of our time and rehearses two hours each week, plus special rehearsals, sectionals and appearances.

    Texas Lutheran University Choir

    Open by audition to all students of the university, the choir performs a wide range of both sacred and secular literature on campus and on tour. Members are encouraged to enroll for either private or group voice study. The choir participates in five hours of rehearsal each week, plus special rehearsals, sectionals, and appearances.

    Texas Lutheran Women’s Choir

    Open by audition to all female students of the university, the choir performs a wide range of both sacred and secular literature on campus and on tour. Members are encouraged to enroll for either private or group voice study. The TLU Women’s choir participates in two and a half hours of rehearsal each week, plus special rehearsals, sectionals and appearances.

    BAND

    The bands of Texas Lutheran University have a long history of excellence and diversity. The repertoire is carefully selected to present a variety of musical experiences – from the traditional to the historical to contemporary art literature. Membership is open to all university students who wish to continue their enjoyment of performing instrumental music either as a music major or non-major.

    Bulldog Pep Band

    The Bulldog Pep Band performs spirit music at all university home football games and select home basketball games. Enrollment is open to all interested TLU students and serves as an opportunity for students to continue musical ensemble participation without the time commitment of Concert Band.

    TLU Wind Ensemble

    Membership in the TLU Symphonic Winds is earned by audition at the start of each semester. Members are the top woodwind, brass and percussion performers enrolled at TLU. The ensemble rehearses four hours per week and performs regularly both on and off campus.

    TLU Symphonic Band

    Open by audition to all students of the university, the band performs in concert on campus and on tour. Band members participate in three hours of rehearsal each week, plus special appearances. Members are encouraged to enroll for private lessons.

    Jazz Band

    The Jazz Ensemble performs in concert at least once each semester to present a wide variety of big band jazz representing many historical styles. Membership is open by audition.

    TLU Drumline

    The Drumline brings Bulldog pride and spirit to sporting and other events for TLU and surrounding communities.

    Chamber Music Ensembles

    ORCHESTRA

    Chamber Orchestra

    Open by audition to all students of the university, the Chamber Orchestra performs both string and full orchestral works. Members participate in three hours of rehearsal each week, plus special performances in Chapel and surrounding areas throughout the year.String members are invited to participate in chamber music, and may qualify to audition for the Mid-Texas Symphony.

    String Ensemble

    String Quartet

    Chamber Music Ensembles

    OTHER PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

    Performance opportunities abound at Texas Lutheran University in weekly recitals, chapel services and ensembles. In addition, the Seguin community offers the student pianist the opportunity to teach private piano lessons, work as a church pianist at a local church and serve as an accompanist for UIL competitions in the central Texas area.

    Mid-Texas Symphony

    With regular season performances at TLU’s Jackson Auditorium, the Mid-Texas Symphony provides an opportunity for students to audition for membership in a professional orchestra and perform in regular season concerts.

    Christmas Vespers

    Spring Choir Tour

    Spring Band Tour

    PRISM Band Concert

    Morning Strings Service

    Solo & Small Ensemble Recital Opportunities

    Student Conductor & Composer Showcase

  • Organizations & Associations

    Bulldog Band Association

    Bulldog Orchestra Association

    Kappa Kappa Psi–Honorary Band Fraternity

    Tau Beta Sigma–Honorary Band Sorority

    Service Through Music

    SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES 

    Opportunities to serve the community through music and gain teaching experience are available to students through involvement with ensembles, student groups, the Community Music Academy, and Summer Music Academy.

  • Guest Artists & Master Classes

    The School of Music often hosts visiting artists to work with students as guest artists, artists in residence, or in master classes, in addition to performing. World-class instrumentalists, vocalists, conductors, composers, ensembles, and performers bring a breadth of talent to benefit all TLU students.

    William Averitt
    Jeanne Ashworth Bartle
    Jennifer Black
    Bob Chilcott
    Ricky Ian Gordon
    Ryu Goto
    Jake Heggie
    Henry Leck
    John Mackey
    Anthony Rapp
    Joshua Roman
    Steven Sametz
    Randall Stroope
    Arnaud Sussmann
    Frank Ticheli
    Canadian Brass
    Jim Cullum Jazz Band
    Roomful of Teeth
    City of Tomorrow
    Chanticleer

  • Facilities
    • The Schuech Fine Arts Center boasts several excellent performance and rehearsal facilities. The Ayers Recital Hall seats 180 and is acoustically desirable for recitals and lectures. The Texas Lutheran Choir, TLU Women’s Choir and Kantorei Chamber Choir rehearse in this hall.
    • The Appelt Band Hall is used by Texas Lutheran instrumental groups, including the Texas Lutheran Concert Band and Jazz Band.
    • Wupperman Little Theatre seats 250 and provides rehearsal space for the TLU Chamber Orchestra.
    • The Chapel of the Abiding Presence houses the Schlicker tracker organ that is used for chapel services, recitals, organ lessons, and assigned student practice.
    • The John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Auditorium seats 1,100. It is both an architectural and cultural landmark in Seguin and has greatly increased the cultural offerings for south central Texas.
    • The Caroline M. Weston Center for the Performing Arts will feature an expansion of the current Jackson Auditorium facilities to include a new two-level rehearsal, office, and support space for the School of Music to hold classes, recitals and private lessons.

Minor in Music

23 hours, including MUSI 111, 112, 131, 132, 235; AMU_ 111p, 112p, 211p, 212p; two hours MUSI 114, 117 or 118 with enrollment each semester enrolled; six hours upper division music courses.

Supporting courses for Bachelor of Arts in Music 

15 semester hours, including MUSI 375 or 376; three hours of either visual arts or dramatic media; nine hours to be determined in consultation with advisor.

View the Music Student Handbook.

Music Faculty

Douglas R. Boyer

Professor, School of Music Director, Department Chair

Beth Bronk

Assoc. Professor, Director of Bands

Shaaron Conoly

Assoc. Professor, Director of Vocal Studies

Eric Daub

Assoc. Professor, Director of Piano Studies, Music Theory

Eliza Jeffords

Assoc. Professor, Director of Strings, Viola

Mark Ackerman

Instructor, Oboe

Adam Bedell

Instructor, Percussion

Mary Ellen Cavitt

Asst. Professor, Horn

Carol Chambers

Instructor, Music Education

Ashley Cooper

Instructor, Violin

Joseph Cooper

Asst. Professor, Trumpet

Paula Corley

Instructor, Clarinet

Jeanne Gnecco

Instructor, Flute

Elizabeth Lee

Asst. Professor, Cello

Patricia Lee

Asst. Professor, Piano

Deborah Mayes

Accompanist

Daniel Scott McDonald

Instructor, Saxophone & Jazz Band

Carla McElhaney

Asst. Professor, Collaborative Pianist

David Milburn

Instructor, Double Bass

Ilan Morgenstern

Instructor, Low Brass

Keith Robinson

Instructor, Tuba & Music Education

Jill Rodriguez

Instructor, General Music

Robert Mark Rogers

Asst. Professor, Bassoon

Eric Siu

Instructor, Violin

Benjamin Thomason

Dir. of TLU Community Music Academy

Robert Warren

Asst. Professor, Piano, General Music & Music History

Chad Ibison

Asst. Professor, Guitar

Wei Chen Lin

Asst. Professor, Piano

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Why TLU?

The School of Music provides professional training to those who wish to pursue careers in music and music education. It also offers opportunities to students from all majors to enhance their musical education by electing to study music, either from among the academic offerings (music history, literature or theory) or performance (piano, organ, instrumental, voice, and vocal or instrumental ensembles). Students interested in music have several performance opportunities, including the annual Choir Tour and popular Vespers.

View the School of Music calendar for upcoming concerts and performances.

Scholarship Auditions

Performance Awards for Non-Majors in Music
Up to $3,000 per year

Jones Audition Scholarship for Music Majors 
$3,000 to $5,000 per year

Da capo Award in Music
$5,000 to $24,000 per year

Scholarship Audition Dates
Sunday, February 19, 2017 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 9, 2017 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 21, 2017 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Get more information about music scholarships, auditions and applying.

Auditions for students entering during the 2016/2017 academic year are available by individual appointment.