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A renowned music school at one of the largest universities in Tennessee.

Located in the heart of music-rich Memphis, Tennessee, The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music provides the best of both worlds: personal instruction in music from accomplished artist-scholars, and all the benefits of a large, world-class university. With an international reputation for excellence, we have always attracted top talent. Our renowned music program offers bachelor's through doctoral degrees in 29 areas of concentration. As Tennessee's only doctoral degree granting program in music, we are setting the tone for creativity and excellence.

We are a comprehensive music school, known for our diversity and dedication to our role as a cultural and intellectual resource for the university, the city, and the wider musical world. We present more performances than any other music organization in the Mid-South. Our teaching and research are deeply devoted to the preservation and growth of music as an art, a craft, a profession, and a treasury of human wisdom.

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What's Happening Now

onasCome for a preview of the 2017-2018 Memphis concert season, performed by students and faculty from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, featuring works that will be performed this year by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Memphis, Concerts International, IRIS and the Chamber Music Society of Memphis. September 16, 7:30 pm, Harris Concert Hall. Admission is free but you must make a reservation at memphis.edu/concerttix or 901-678-2541. SEPTEMBER 16 IS A REVISED DATE. IT WAS PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 15.

pianoThe Memphis Piano Festival will be held at the School of Music October 20-22. The weekend will include a piano competition, masterclasses and extravaganza concerts each night. World renown pianists will join UofM faculty. Register now to attend!


welcomeThe School of Music welcomes four new faculty members for the 2017-2018 year: Will Plenk, Director of Athletic Bands; Mathias Elmer, Visiting Professor Orchestra Director; Sam Shoup, Visiting Professor in Jazz; and Daryn Zubke, bassoon. Read about them here.

auditionsAll University of Memphis students interested in being a member of University Singers and/or Chamber Choir must audition. (Students who were members of University Singers last year do not need to re-audition.) You do not have to be a music major to audition. Sign up here.

An audition is required for ALL string players (new and returning students) who want to participate in the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra for the academic year 2017-18. Audition information here.

It is also time for Wind and Percussion students to audition. You can register for your audition here. Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Ensemble audition excerpts are here.

bluenoteRead the latest version of The Bluenote, the School of Music newsletter.