From the Director
USM's School of Music boasts a longstanding national and international reputation for musical excellence. We provide opportunities for musical and professional growth through our fully accredited programs of study housed within a richly diverse cultural environment.
- Our student musicians work with distinguished faculty members who perform on world-class stages, teach and perform throughout the world, and bring their rich experiences to our Hattiesburg campus every day.
- Our students also have the opportunity to perform in excellent ensembles, including the Southern Chorale, the USM Symphony Orchestra, the USM Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Winds, The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company, the USM Jazz Lab Bands, the USM Percussion Ensembles, the Saxophone Chamber Orchestra, and numerous other outstanding studio ensembles.
- Our students regularly perform at regional, national, and international events and attend master classes with internationally known guest artists.
- Our students become award-winning teachers, performers, and creatives around the globe.
If you are interested in choosing the School of Music, I hope you will consider making a campus visit. I also encourage you to come see one of our performances in person. The first time you step foot on our campus you will feel at home and will experience first-hand the vibrancy of our music scene!
If you know Southern Miss School of Music is in your future, be sure to APPLY to the university and schedule an AUDITION.
I look forward to welcoming you to our campus.
Southern Miss to The Top!
Dr. Colin R. McKenzie
Director, The School of Music
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