About our Department

The Department of Music at Southeast offers both a variety of performing and learning experiences usually found at a large university, and the individual attention and relaxed atmosphere expected of a small college. Among the benefits of attending Southeast as a music major are the following:

Mission Statement:

The Department of Music provides a student-centered curriculum to develop the artistic, intellectual, and multi-cultural competence needed to excel in the modern world of music. Experiential learning opportunities prepare students for professional careers in music performance and education as transformative participants in their communities.

Vision Statement:

The Department of Music seeks to be a nationally-known music program recognized for musical and academic excellence.

Our talented faculty offer instruction in all areas of musical study, including music education, performance, composition, electronic composition and world music. This outstanding group of educators has performed both nationally and abroad, with recognition in Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Ireland, Japan, Scotland and the Ukraine. We have numerous performances of university ensembles, faculty and student recitals, and guest recitals at the River Campus. Tickets can be purchased for all events at the River Campus Box Office by calling 573-651-2265.


  • Jumpstart the Holiday Season with ‘Christmas Jukebox’ at Southeast’s River Campus

    Christmas JukeboxCelebrate the season of merry-making with the “Big Band Christmas Jukebox,” presented by the Department of Music and The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance, Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald. C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. The “Christmas Jukebox” is a great opportunity for [...]
  • Southeast Missouri Symphony, University Choir, Choral Union to Perform Poulenc’s ‘Gloria’

    The Southeast Missouri Symphony will join forces with the University Choir and Choral Union to perform Francis Poulenc’s inspiring choral work, “Gloria,” on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University. The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. “We are looking forward very much [...]
  • Axiom Quartet Performing Oct. 27 in ‘Sundays at Three’ Series

    The Axiom Quartet will perform a concert in the Chateau Girardeau “Sundays at Three” series at 3 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University. The Axiom Quartet was formed in 2012 and features two violinists, a violist and a [...]
  • Southeast Alumnus Composes Work to Premiere at Sheldon Concert Hall

    Southeast Missouri State University alumnus Daniel Fitzpatrick has recently been nominated to compose a piece for the Mizzou New Music Initiative. Fitzpatrick, a 2019 Southeast graduate with a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis on music composition, is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in music composition at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Fitzpatrick was commissioned [...]


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Department of Music
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701