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The School of Music offers dynamic and comprehensive areas of study. Each music program prepares students for future work or graduate school.

Seven energetic, consummate, student-centered full-time faculty. Twenty highly-qualified adjunct faculty from Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Atlanta.

Our ensembles are excellent and perform superb repertoire.

Continuous accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1968.

All-Steinway School since 2009. Six Brombaugh tracker organs, including the world-famous Anton Heiller Memorial Organ

Frequent recitals and master classes by acclaimed musicians.

Performance Groups

Academic programs are complemented with practical learning experiences in the community and beyond.

Symphony Orchestra

The Symphony Orchestra comprises approximately 70 student musicians who have successfully auditioned and are prepared to perform a broad range of classical and sacred music literature. Most have previous ensemble experience in community groups or from high school. The orchestra tours internationally every third year.

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Wind Symphony

The Wind Symphony is an auditioned ensemble of 50-60 woodwind, brass, and percussion players performing some of the best new wind literature and band masterworks. Four on-campus performances are given yearly, along with two three-day tours. Every third year, the Wind Symphony takes an extended tour—either domestic or international.

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Bel Canto and Die Meistersinger

Bel Canto (women's chorus) and Die Meistersinger (men's chorus) are general choirs available to all students with beginning to advanced levels of choral experience. These choirs often combine for church services and concerts as well as to perform large works with the Symphony Orchestra.

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I Cantori

I Cantori is a select chamber choir for students with advanced vocal potential and experience, and its members form the leadership core for Bel Canto (women’s chorus) and Die Meistersinger (men’s chorus). Eligible students make a commitment to the ensemble for the full academic year. Repertoire includes a broad stylistic range from diverse musical eras.

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Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble is a standard 17-member big band dedicated to the study and performance of classic jazz and popular music from the 1920s through today. The ensemble gives several on-campus performances yearly. Additionally, the Jazz Ensemble performs at civic functions, wedding receptions, and other social events in the greater Chattanooga area.

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Coming Events


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See you in the fall!


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


Peter Cooper


Gennevieve Brown-Kibble


Judy Glass


Julie Penner


Laurie Redmer Cadwallader

Associate Professor

Kurt Miyashiro

Kurt Miyashiro

Ken Parsons

Associate Professor

Alumni Voices

Students who are pursuing careers in performance and/or teaching college music will continue their education in graduate music programs. Many music majors proceed to graduate professional programs in law, medicine, dentistry business, and physical therapy.




Annie Smolinski, Office Manager




Mabel Wood Hall

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