The Southeast Missouri Music Academy is a nonprofit organization offering comprehensive music instruction to the Cape Girardeau community and surrounding areas. The Academy currently enrolls more than 200 students, ranging in age from 3 to 80, who study piano, organ, voice, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, horn, trombone, trumpet, percussion, violin, viola, cello, string bass, guitar, harp and composition. Special classes include Musicianship Class, Suzuki Strings, and Adult Beginning Piano.

Our outreach programs include scholarships for financially disadvantaged students and performances at area hospitals and nursing homes. The community service provided by the Music Academy, in addition to high-quality educational programming, qualifies the Academy for full membership in the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.

The Music Academy operates under the auspices of the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music. The University generously provides use of facilities and equipment in Brandt Hall, but does not provide financial support. The Academy depends on student tuition and community sponsorship to fund the diverse programming to which the region has become accustomed.

Director: Steve Schaffner


Steve Schaffner is the Director of the Southeast Missouri Music Academy and also teaches violin, viola, cello, bass and guitar through the Academy. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Augusta (GA) State University and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Southeast Missouri State University. His students have performed successfully at both the district and state levels in MSHSAA Music Festival and the Missouri Music Teachers Association. He has directed orchestras and performed in 48 states and 11 countries. He is currently the Director of the Paducah (KY) Symphony Youth Orchestra. Schaffner was the Orchestra Director at Cape Girardeau Central Junior High and Cape Girardeau Central High School from 1991 until his retirement in 2013.

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River Campus Seminary 254
Department of Music
One University Plaza, MS 7800
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701