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.

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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

Alumni Notes

"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 at Southern."
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."
Christina Liem,'09

"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."
Satara Johnson,'10

Coming Events



Trombone Choir
Ackerman Auditorium



Alumni Homecoming Choral Reunion
Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church



Mindy Steele, soprano
Ackerman Auditorium

The Only All-Steinway School in the Region

Southern Adventist
University was the
100th institution to
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