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Scheidt Music Center
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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

auditionsTime to register for Sspring 2019 ensemble auditions for woodwind, brass, and percussion. Register here.
Download excerpts here.


bandWe invite high school students to join us for an exciting experience at our 29th Annual Honor Band. We look forward to receiving your nominations (deadline January 11, 2019) and seeing you on January 31st.Our three-day event includes rehearsals and concerts of the two Honor Bands and a special performance by the U of M Wind Ensemble and Southern Comfort Jazz Ensemble for the Honor Band participants, parents, and directors. Register here.

choirThe University of Memphis Honor Choir weekend is January 24-25, 2019. Read about our guest artist here. Register today at


guitarFor the seventh year, the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and the Augustine Foundation will bring you a star-studded lineup of classical guitar artists at the Memphis International Guitar Festival. Three nights of concerts make the event a must-do for classical guitar lovers. Concerts will be presented February 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30 in Harris Concert Hall. Read more here.


The 2019 Audition Days are:
February 2, 2019, February 16, 2019 and February 23, 2019.


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