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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

apply nowLast call for Fall 2017 School of Music Admissions

Last Call Auditions for Fall 2017 music admissions will be held Monday,  August 21, 2017. To be considered for late admission and to receive an audition slot, your music application must be submitted by August 1st. You must also already be admitted to the University. Apply now.

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.

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