School of Music
Areas of Study
The School of Music offers dynamic and comprehensive areas of study. Each music program prepares students for future work or graduate school.
Concerto Competition 2015-16—Call for Applicants
Gifted student-musicians between 8th grade and college-age are eligible to enter and submit qualifying materials by October 9, 2015. Winners will perform with the Southern Adventist University Symphony Orchestra in concert on Sunday, January 31, 2016, in the Collegedale Church of SDA.
Support the School of Music
Your donations help students develop their talents and serve God by enhancing the quality of life through music.
Why Study Music at Southern?
- Energetic, accomplished and student-centered full-time faculty
- Highly qualified adjunct faculty drawn from Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Atlanta
- Excellent ensembles performing high-level repertoire
- Accredited since 1968 by the National Association of Schools of Music
- All-Steinway School
- Four Brombaugh tracker organs, including the world-famous Anton Heiller tracker organ
"One of my most memorable moments from Southern was with Maestro Orlo Gilbert and
the Southern Symphony in the early 1990s. We performed MAHLER Symphony No. 1 'Titan.'
I never dreamed that I would perform something of this magnitude while I was studying
Joseph E. Choi,'95
"Directed studies in orchestral conducting made realize how much more I had to learn
in order to become a professional orchestra conductor. From that point on, it was
constant catching up and tears during my conducting lessons, but in the end those
tears became experiences and joy in music making that I am now able to share with
other musicians who I have the joy of working and making music with."
Joseph E. Choi,'95
"I loved being part of a whole in Southern’s music ensembles. To sing for one purpose—to
praise God—with a group of friends and colleagues is one of the most moving and amazing
experiences one can have on earth."
"My time at Southern has given me the confidence and resources to teach a well-rounded
music education program. Many times in my first year of teaching I have felt comfortable
enough to seek guidance from my previous music professors. They care not only about
your musical success, but your spiritual growth as well. It is a holistic program
that involves mind, body, and soul."
Peter Cooper and Julie Penner, faculty recital
Paul Kenyon, piano
Symphony Orchestra Concert
Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church
The Only All-Steinway School in the Region
University was the
100th institution to
earn the distinction.