At the River Campus, our Music students and faculty participate in performances that range from solo shows to ensembles in a variety of genres.

For our students, this is part of their experiential education and for our faculty it is part of keeping their skills sharp. For you, it means performances you can attend and enjoy. Support our Department of Music and get tickets today. 

Current Southeast students can get a $5 ticket by taking their Southeast ID to any of the three University Box Offices.

Marvelous Melodies

This program will present memorable, exuberant works for symphonic orchestra, as well as spirited, enchanting choral works. Come and join us for this mesmerizing program of beautiful music! Sponsored by Cuba Financial Group. Bedell Performance Hall, November 30, 7:30 p.m. / $25

Big Band Christmas Jukebox

A festive collaboration featuring the talents of students in the Department of Music and the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance. Sponsored by Saint Francis Healthcare Systems. Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, December 3-4, 7:30 p.m. / $25

Cellax Duo

The Cellax Duo returns to Southeast for an exciting program of music for cello and saxophone. Cellax features SEMO’s Dr. Zach Stern on saxophone and Dr. Daniel Ketter, Assistant Professor of Cello at Missouri State University.  Shuck Recital Hall, December 5, 3 p.m. / $10

Wind Symphony Christmas Spectacular

It's that time of year when the beautiful sound of woodwinds, brass, and percussion bring together the festive sounds of the holiday season. Bedell Performance Hall, December 7, 7:30 p.m. / $15

Percussion Ensemble's Family Holiday Concert

This annual tradition features the sounds of the season to usher in the holidays. Admission is free! Sponsored by Saint Francis Healthcare Systems. Bedell Performance Hall, December 11, 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Southeast Opera Theatre

Join us for a performance of H.M.S. Pinafore; or The Lass that Loved a Sailor, a comic operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan. Sponsored by First State Community Bank. Bedell Performance Hall, January 21, 7:30 p.m. and January 23, 3:00 p.m. / $20

Chamber Music for Flutes, Cello, and Piano

Presented by family members Dr. James Thompson and Mr. Matthew Thompson, flutes, with Dr. Sara Edgerton, cello, and Mr. Paul Thompson, piano, performing an eclectic, diverse, and intriguing program of chamber music for flutes, cello, and piano. Shuck Recital Hall, January 22, 7:30 p.m. / $10

23rd Annual Clark Terry Jazz Festival Concert

Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music will host the 23rd Annual Clark Terry Jazz/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival on February 4-5, 2022. This year, we have the pleasure of welcoming jazz pianist, composer, and educator, Dr. Alton Merrell. Dr. Merrell is a world class pianist, and Hammond B-3 organist. The evening concert will feature Dr. Merrell with the Southeast Jazz ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Joseph L. Jefferson. Merrell’s musical artistry is a unique blend of lyrical melodies, rich harmonies, and fluid technique that spans multiple music genres including jazz, gospel, classical, pop, and rhythm and blues. Whether performing his own compositions or commissioned to celebrate the music of legendary artists, Merrell’s rich musical interpretations take listeners on spirit-filled excursions that deeply touch the soul. Bedell Performance Hall, February 4, 7:30 p.m. / $15

An Evening of Bach for Oboe

Jenna Sehmann, oboe, and Matt Yount, piano, present an evening of works written or inspired by the Bach family. Shuck Recital Hall, February, 8, 7:30 p.m. / $10

Southeast Percussion Festival Concert

Featuring area high school percussion ensembles as they prepare for the district ensemble contest. Admission is free! Bedell Performance Hall, February 24, 1 p.m.

Wind Symphony Mardi Gras Concert

Indulge in a feast of musical selections, highlighted by guest artist and professional timpanist, Kae Hashimoto. Dr. Hashimoto, with help from the wind symphony, will be performing one of the most difficult pieces ever written for timpani; Planet Damnation by world-renowned composer, John Psathas. Bedell Performance Hall, March 1, 7:30 p.m. / $15

Nevertheless, She Persisted

Violinist Sophia Han joins pianist Yuko Sato of SIU Carbondale during Women's history month on a program of sensational masterworks. Featuring composers Florence Price, Jennifer Higdon, Germaine Tailleferre, and more! Shuck Recital Hall, March 4, 7:30 p.m. / $10

Five Mystical Songs

The celebrated English composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams, wrote this set of songs for choirs, baritone soloist, and orchestra, with reflective, meditative texts. The University Choir and Choral Union, along with Baritone Soloist, Dr. Timothy Schmidt, will be featured in this performance with the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra. Also on the program will be the winner(s) of the collegiate Concerto and Aria Competition. Sponsored by Cuba Financial Group. Bedell Performance Hall, March 8, 7:30 p.m. / $25

Chamber Music with Voice

Vocal music has long been a celebrated part of the chamber music tradition. Faculty from the Southeast Department of Music will showcase music featuring various instrumental combinations with voice. Shuck Music Recital Hall, March 27, at 3:00 pm / $15


Dr. Nicholas A. Kenney, Associate Professor of Horn at Southeast Missouri State University, is joined by 2016 SEMO alumnus, Dr. Jordan Redd, and Southern Illinois native Dr. Madeline Rogers for a recital featuring the music of Dr. Paul Basler and Dr. James Naigus. The musical selections will showcase both physical and metaphorical excursions via soundscapes. Shuck Recital Hall, April 4, 7:30 p.m. / $10

Cubop (SE Jazz)

In the final concert of the Jazz season, the Southeast’s Jazz Lab and Studio Ensembles will pay a tribute to the late Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, and Kenny Dorham among others showcasing Afro/Cuban and Latin jazz styles combining it’s African, Latin American and Cuban influences. Bedell Performance Hall, April 12, 7:30 p.m. / $15

Gaudete Brass

Gaudete is a brass quintet from Chicago that believes strongly in the expressive and communicative power of chamber music. They look forward to sharing some of their favorite pieces on this exciting afternoon of brass music. Shuck Music Recital Hall, April 24 at 3:00 pm / $15

Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff

We will close out our 21st season with two symphonic masterpieces: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with virtuoso pianist Evan Wong, and Tchaikovsky’s glorious Symphony No. 5. The Southeast Missouri Symphony will join forces with the Southern Illinois Symphony in this popular collaboration of two great regional orchestras! Sponsored by Cuba Financial Group. Bedell Performance Hall, April 25, 7:30 p.m. / $25

Draw the Circle Wide

This concert will feature diverse composers' choral repertoire performed by the University Choir, Chamber Choir, and Choral Union. Bedell Performance Hall, April 25, 7:30 p.m. / $15

Opera Scenes

An entertaining collection of scenes from opera and operetta classics performed by the Opera Workshop. Shuck Recital Hall, May 1, 3 p.m. / $15

Wind Symphony Spring Concert

Enjoy lively rhythms and memorable melodies featuring the Wind Symphony at its finest! Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. May 3, 7:30 p.m. / $15

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