Student Opportunities and Services
Faculty members in the music department understand that an excellent education extends beyond the classroom. Whether you want to develop your professional performance skills or become more involved in the music department, our faculty members support a variety of research, academic and professional opportunities for you to become a better scholars, performers, and teachers as musicians.
Join your peers and engage in your community
The department of music sponsors student organizations for music education and music majors to focus on professional development, academic excellence and community involvement. Joining these organizations provide majors with leadership and networking opportunities:
The Alpha Mu Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon
The purpose of Mu Phi Epsilon is to recognize student scholarship and musicianship and to develop a bond of friendship among members. Mu Phi Epsilon aims to advance music in the community, nation, and the world through the promotion of musicianship, scholarship and music education, with an emphasis on service through music.
Faculty advisor: Dr. Paula Patterson
The Collegiate branch of The National Association for Music Education (C-MENC) at Missouri State University
The mission of MENC, The National Association for Music Education, is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. The group also supports furthering the education of future music teachers, and promoting music education in the public schools.
Faculty advisor: Dr. Andrew Homburg
- The lota Rho chapter of Phi Mu Alpha
Along with contributing to music around Springfield, Iota Rho also participates in many service projects and holds many different events throughout the school year. The chapter holds a musical once a semester, sings the National Anthem at various Missouri State sporting events, holds sorority sings, participates in Mills Music Missions, holds many social and brotherhood events, participates in the Adopt-a-Street program, and supports the music department and community through a variety of fundraisers and service projects.
Faculty advisor: Dr. Richard Todd Payne
Annual Elizabethan Christmas Dinners
The music department has helped present the Annual Elizabethan Christmas Dinners at Missouri State for more than 45 years. The dinners are held annually in early December on the University campus. Each year, the music department provides entertainment for the dinners, which are a unique celebration of the holiday season.
The Elizabethan Dinners are a tantalizing blend of wonderful performances and an "olde English" style menu of tasty dishes.
Three fine choral ensembles are featured. The Missouri State Chamber Singers serve as the Royal Court, the Missouri State Collegiate Singers sing and serve the meal and the Missouri State Concert Chorale gives a formal performance at the dinners’ end.
Annual President's Concert
The music department at Missouri State University brings together the talents of the University Symphony and its combined choirs to present timeless masterworks of revered composers. The event is held annually in the spring.