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Performance - Doctorate

Availability: Hattiesburg Options

When you think music, think Southern Miss

Southern Miss School of Music is recognized for its eminence in musical artistry, education and community service. With the DMA in Performance or Conducting and the Ph.D. in Music Education, the School has granted a higher percentage of music doctorates to African-American students than any other institution of higher learning in the country.

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2Doctoral degrees along with Conducting
2Emphasis Areas for Piano
2Emphasis Areas for the DMA

What Will I Learn?

The School of Music’s two DMAs, Performance and Pedagogy and Conducting, intend to offer an intensive curriculum to develop 21st-century musicians, scholars, and teachers by building on foundations and emphasizing pedagogy along with advanced performance or conducting skills.

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Acceptance: See Graduate Bulletin for a full explanation.  A maximum of nine (9) hours of graduate work earned before admission is gained into the School of Music can be applied towards a degree. Other requirements:

  1. DMA in Performance: possess a master's degree and pass a candidacy audition prior to full-time residence or before completing nine (9) hours of coursework.
  2. All doctoral students: take diagnostic entrance examinations the Thursday, Friday, or Monday before school begins.

Each student has the final responsibility to ascertain they have complied with the requirements for graduation. Students must read the Doctoral Degree Requirements section of the Bulletin and know expectations; that which follows pertains to School of Music practices and policies and it amplifies Bulletin statements.

A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation. Graduate students must receive a grade of B- or better in any class in order for it to count toward the graduation requirements.

Southern Miss Wind Ensemble Selected to Perform at National Conference

The USM Wind Ensemble and its conductor Dr. Catherine Rand will be performing at the College Band Directors National Conference in the Temp Center for the Arts, Tempe, Arizona. Through a rigorous audition process, the USM Wind Ensemble was one of only 10 college ensembles to be chosen to perform at this national conference. It is a prestigious opportunity for the USM School of Music and University Bands.

One of only 10 college ensembles chosen to perform at  conference

Wind Ensemble 



Degree Plan Availability
Performance DMAHattiesburg
  • Higher Education Professorships
  • Music History: Historians, Curators, Researchers
  • Conducting: Choral, Instrumental, Wind
  • Voice: academic, clinical, performance
  • Dr. James Gruetzner, 2018 
    Clarinet Performance, Assistant Professor of Music, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Dr. Mary Chung, 2011
    Piano Performance, Assistant Professor of Music, Coordinator of Keyboard Area, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
  • Dr. Lori Birrer, 2017 
    Voice Performance, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Mobile.