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

When you come to the School of Music at the UofM in Memphis, TN, you get the best of both worlds. You will learn, grow and receive personal attention from accomplished artist-scholars, but also have the benefits of being part of a large, world class-university. Our renowned program offers bachelor's through doctoral degrees in 30 areas of concentration, with the distinction of being Tennessee's only doctoral degree granting program in music. In a city as live-music-rich as Memphis, the music school is proud to present more performances than any other music organization in the Mid-South. We are setting the tone for creativity and excellence in music.

Every day we capitalize on the music innovation heritage of Memphis, TN. The School of Music has always attracted top talent and continues to cement our international reputation for excellence. The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis is a comprehensive 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. In our teaching and research, we are deeply devoted to the preservation and growth of music as an art, as a craft, as a profession, and as a treasury of human wisdom.

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trumpetThe UofM Wind Ensemble performance on September 23 will feature faculty member Dr. David Spencer as soloist in Kent Kennan's Sonata for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble.  In 1986, Kent Kennan revised this well-known trumpet and piano recital piece (originally published in 1956) with a new ending for the first movement. More recently, he made this scoring for solo trumpet and wind ensemble and provided both the original and new endings in this new edition. A tremendous contribution to the solo trumpet repertoire!

dbaOur annual "Death by Aria" concert  showcases outstanding student talent singing the most beloved classic  and contemporary opera arias. The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the  University of Memphis is proud present this drop-dead delight in  conjunction with Opera Memphis' 30 Days of Opera. Whether you are a seasoned  opera-goer or a curious newcomer, this concert is sure to satisfy. Come  out and hear tomorrow's stars singing the best that opera has to offer. September 25, 2:00 pm, Harris Concert Hall.

samplerOn  September 27, concert goers will have the opportunity to hear three  choral ensembles from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of  Music. This year's  concert will include the Chamber Choir, Collegiate  Choir, and  University Singers.  Dr. Ryan Fisher, Associate Director of Choirs, will  direct  the Chamber Choir and long time favorite Dr. Lawrence Edwards continues to  direct the University Singers. Harris Concert Hall at 7:30 pm.

festivalIf the University of Memphis wasn't already considered a music hotbed, it will be after the "This Is Memphis" festival on October 2nd, 2016. Put on by the University's student record label, Blue Tom Records, the festival boasts some of Memphis's top new musicians, including the Band Camino, Kyndle McMahan, and Drew Erwin. Overton Park Levitt Shell. 7:30 pm. Admission is free

saxophoneOn October 5, the Symphonic Band presents a concert that includes music specifically highlighting the warmth, color, and versatility of the saxophone, featuring Allen Rippe as guest soloist on Paul Creston's Concert for Alto Saxophone and Band, Op 26b. Harris Concert Hall, 7:30 pm, admission is free.

roomfulWe are looking forward to the March 16 performance by "Roomful of Teeth," a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from singing traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques. Learn more about them here.


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