Southeastern News

Department of Music receives re-accreditation

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Department of Music have recently been re-accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).  Founded in 1924, NASM is the oldest arts accrediting agency in the United States.

Southeastern has held this accreditation since 1978, with the most recent cycle of re-accreditation completed in summer of 2014.  This places the university in accredited status until the 2023-2024 academic year.

The re-accreditation brings with it the renewed approval of the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree.  The Music Education degree was given approval to implement a new guitar emphasis as a specified option.  Additionally, NASM is also in agreement with the planned new offering of the Master of Music Education degree currently being explored.

The institution and music unit received very favorable comments in the areas of curriculum innovation and development, quality of instruction, faculty/student interaction, administrative support for upgrading facilities and addressing faculty concerns, and community outreach.

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Kithara Duo to perform Thursday as part of Musical Arts Series

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present the Kithara Duo at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 21) in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The concert is free and everyone is invited to attend. The Duo will perform Thursday afternoon at Washington Irving Elementary School in Durant as part of MAS’s commitment to music education.

The Kithara Duo has performed across the United States, Europe and South America. Based in Fort Worth, the Duo organizes workshops and other learning experiences for many musicians. The Duo has expanded the guitar repertoire through arranging and through original compositions for solo and duo guitar

Southeastern’s Musical Arts Series was founded in 1973 by Dr. James Wintle, who passed away Nov. 16.

Dr. Jeri Walker, Donna Massey Professor in Music Education at Southeastern, took over the Musical Arts Series when Wintle retired after 40 years as Professor of Music.

Walker said, “We are indeed indebted to Dr. Wintle for his work in organizing and promoting the Musical Arts Series and the Steger/Bass Piano events all of these years. His tireless efforts to bring quality musical experiences to the community has enriched people of all ages and added so much to our musical quality of life. Dr. Wintle’s influence will continue for another 40 years and beyond in the lives of his students, colleagues and the community. He will be missed.”

Music Education students conducting research

DURANT, Okla. – Music Education students, led by Dr. Jeri Walker, Donna Massey Professor in Music Education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will be conducting research throughout the month of January.

These students are gathering information to improve music teaching and learning and are seeking help from anyone age 18 or older who is interested in this project.

The purpose of the study is to learn what “traditional” American songs people know and can sing.

Participants will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire and then be asked to complete a short activity.

Participation is strictly voluntary and any data gathered will be confidential. There are no risks, benefits or compensation for participation, but it will be fun and will not only contribute to the Music Education profession, but help Southeastern students learn to create scholarly research.

The results of this study will be presented at conferences in Brownsville, Texas, and in Brazil. Participants will not be identified in any way.

For further information or to schedule at time to participate, contact Walker at or 580-745-2385.

Seven Southeastern music students selected to Oklahoma Honor Band

DURANT, Okla. – Seven of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s instrumental music students have been selected for the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Honor Band.

The students were selected by means of a competitive statewide nomination process and were pitted against graduate and undergraduate students from all public and private universities and colleges in Oklahoma.

“It’s a fantastic honor to be selected to this group,” said Dr. Jacob Wallace, Southeastern’s Director of Bands. “These students represent the highest level of achievement for our instrumental music program. They will represent the University very well at the Honor Band.”

Representing Southeastern in the Honor Band are Cale Albritton, junior flutist and Music Education major; James Carter, freshman saxophonist, Music Performance major; Allen Clark, senior tubist, Music Education major; Patrick Cox, junior percussionist, Music Education major; Amber Kress, senior clarinetist, Music Performance major; Helen Moore, junior hornist, Music Education major; and Randall Self, senior trumpeter, Music Performance major.

These students will attend the Oklahoma Music Educators Association annual winter in-service conference in Tulsa in January 2013. They will spend two days rehearsing with clinician Dr. Sarah McKoin, who serves as Director of Bands at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

The Honor Band performance will be Thursday, January 17, 2013, at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Tulsa, with the time not yet determined.

For more information and time of the Honor Band’s performance, visit OMEA’s website at For information on Southeastern’s Honor Band students, contact Wallace at 580-745-2084 or