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A WARM WELCOME TO OUR ALUMNI. If you would like to join our alumni database to stay connected with your Department of Music, click here.



Alum Dr. W. LORAINE SIMS presents at regional College Music Society Conference

In March 2018, alumna Lorain Sims presented her research “Teaching Outside the Gender Binary: What Every Music Educator Should Know,” at the South Central Regional Conference hosted by the Department of Music at Southeastern.

Dr. Sims is currently Associate Professor and Vocal Studies Division Chair at Louisiana State University (LSU) where she teaches Voice and Vocal pedagogy. Read more about Dr. Sims here.





Alum JAMES O. YOUNG and the James O. Young Music Scholarship 

Endowed on March 8th, 2012, the James O. Young Music Scholarship was established by Mr. Young, a Southeastern Alum who played in the Southeastern Band. Established through the Southeastern Foundation, the scholarship is awarded to students who participate in the the band program with a special interest in those studying euphonium.

Mr. Young is a Durant High School graduate who earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern in 1967 and his Doctor of Dental surgery degree from Baylor University in 1972.

His inspiration for endowing this scholarship is the gift of music he discovered while playing in the bands at Durant High and Southeastern. It has given him joy throughout his life and he wishes to share that joy with others.

Young married Virginia Koontz on May 27, 1967, and .they have three children, Amy, Jenny, and Thomas.

He established a private dental practice in Ardmore after graduation from Baylor and continued it until 1993, when he joined the Cherokee Telephone Company headquartered in Calera, Oklahoma.

Young was ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma in 2001 and was assigned to St. Philip’s Parish in Ardmore, where he established the Ardmore Soup Kitchen and entered the teaching and preaching rotation at St. Philip’s Church.



Specialist Ryan Nabors (B.A. Music, 2009) is putting his talents to use in the 82nd Airborne Band, playing our nation’s anthem and other honored songs.  A euphonium player, Specialist Nabors also drives the Army’s Max Pro Armored vehicle for personnel transports.  Ryan joined the 82nd Airborne in January 2011 after training at the AIT Army School of Music in Virginia Beach VA.

Mr. Nabors was deployed in Afghanistan in 2011 with the 82nd Airborne Band played for fellow troops and introduced Afghan children to western instruments, along with their respective duties. The work of the 82nd Airborne was featured on ABC News. We thank Mr. Nabors for his service and are happy to have him in the Southeastern music family.