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A Sound Tradition

About Us

From the Director

Dr. Jay DeanWelcome to the the School of Music — a School with a longstanding international reputation for musical excellence. We provide musical and educational opportunities for professional and artistic growth in a diverse cultural environment.
  • Our student musicians work with distinguished faculty members who perform on world-class stages and teach at international festivals. They also perform in excellent ensembles such as the Southern Chorale, the USM Symphony Orchestra, the USM Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Winds, 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.
  • Southern Miss music students regularly perform at regional, national, and international events, and attend master classes with internationally known guest artists.

The USM School of Music is a place where students can develop and refine their musical skills and artistry as they prepare to become 21st-century musicians.

If you are interested in choosing the School of Music, you should know about our on-campus recruitment events and audition days. We would also like to 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 with our vibrant music scene! If you can't make it to our performances in person, we invite you to watch some of our live-streams.

Come experience Southern Miss and our arts community!

- Dr. Jay Dean, Acting Director

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The School of Music 
at The University of Southern Mississippi is a family.

We live on a friendly and beautiful campus 
in a vibrant Southern community.

Our students and faculty perform and teach 
on the national and international stage. 

An education here is affordable and accessible 
yet priceless to your future.



The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Contact Us

School of Music

115 Mannoni Performing Arts Center

Campus Hattiesburg

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