Northeastern State University boasts an exciting, rapidly growing music department that offers many opportunities for both music majors and non-majors. With numerous degree options, including Performance, Jazz Studies, Music Education, Music (Business), and Musical Arts, NSU music graduates pursue careers as teachers, performers, church musicians, and numerous other professions.
NSU offers the musical opportunities of a large university with the low cost and convenience of a regional institution. Private lessons are offered to both instrumental and vocal students. Specialized private study in jazz improvisation is also offered. Private instructors at NSU have national and international reputations as virtuoso performers on their respective instruments.
There are numerous ensemble opportunities at NSU as well. The band program is led by Dr. Bryan Raya, and consists of the RiverHawk Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Communiversity Band and Basketball Band.
Dr. Clark Gibson, Director of Jazz Studies, leads a nationally recognized jazz program. The NSU Jazz Combo recently released a CD, Out Front, that features a number of original compositions by NSU jazz students. NSU Offers the only bachelor's degree in jazz studies in the state of Oklahoma.
The choral program is led by Dr. Jeffery Wall and consists of the University Singers and University/Community Chorus. The choral ensembles present numerous concerts throughout the year, often with full orchestral accompaniment.
NSU Opera/Musical Theatre is dedicated to producing both fully staged and scene productions, including operetta, opera, and musical theatre. Past productions include The Old Maid and the Thief, The Elixir of Love, A Little Night Music, and The Pajama Game. Dr. Whitney Myers leads the NSU Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop.
The piano area is led by Dr. Ronald Chioldi. In 2008, Dr. Chioldi reinstituted the NSU Piano Festival and Competition, which is attended by many students and community members.
Opportunities for experience in small ensembles exist as well, with jazz combos and chamber music.
For more information, feel free to contact us at 918-444-2700.