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Music: Composition Option


The Department of Music at Southeast offers the Bachelor of Music in Performance or Composition for students who wish to perform professionally or create new music in the classical, electronic and avant garde traditions.

More than ten ensembles for instrumental and vocal students are available at Southeast, giving students many opportunities to gain valuable performing experience. Students also have the opportunity to participate in small chamber groups of various instrumental combinations.

The Department of Musicmovedin the fall of 2007to the new Earl and Margie Holland College of Arts and Media at the newly constructed River Campus, located in the renovated Old St. Vincent’s College seminary building in Cape Girardeau. This historic landmark houses faculty offices, classrooms as well as the beautiful 205-seat Robert and Gertrude Shuck Recital Hall.

Next to the seminary building, the River Campus Cultural Arts Center includes a beautiful rehearsal hall and Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, a 950-seat, state-of-the-art, large performance auditorium with incredible acoustics to complement every performance. This exciting new theater is the home to all theatre, music and dance productions and also includes a touring series which brings a wide array of cultural performances to the Cape Girardeau public. This breathtaking, innovative 150,000-square-foot facilitydistinguishes Southeast as the only Missouri university to have a campus devoted to the disciplines of art, dance, music and theatre.

What You'll Do

  • Study and interact with performing artists and educators that are highly qualified, recognized nationally and internationally
  • Attend classes and lessons on the beautiful River Campus in state-of-the-art performance facilities
  • Participate in a wide range of vocal performance ensembles and Opera Workshop
  • Develop their musical imaginations, enabling them to produce polished compositions in a variety of genres
  • Develop musical notation, typesetting and publishing skills and master the technology of computer music
  • Have the option of adding a minor in Fine Arts Entrepreneurship, further enhancing your ability to be creative and innovative in developing your chosen career
  • Study in a program that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music

What You'll Study

  • MH252 History & Literature of Music from 1827
  • MM102 Basic Harmony & Form
  • MM105 Aural Skills I
  • UI310 American Musical Experience

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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Fort Collins Opera
  • St. Louis Symphony
  • Memphis Symphony
  • Kansas City Symphony

Graduate School Opportunities

  • Illinois State University
  • Indiana University
  • Longy School of Music
  • University of Tennessee


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