Whether you are an instrumentalist, vocalist, or pianist, we know that you will find a place here in The Department of Music at Southeastern. Our competitive major ensembles bring challenging repertoire to the forefront in the Texoma Region and offer students both a rigorous and positive musical experience during their college careers.
A long-standing tradition of excellence, the “Spirit of Southeastern” Marching Band is the largest and most recognized instrumental ensemble at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Operating throughout the fall semester, this ensemble presents innovative and exciting programming on and off the field at home football games, regional exhibitions, parades, and spirit and recruitment events. Comprising separate wind, percussion and auxiliary units, this ensemble is open to students of any major pending an entrance audition for the Director of Bands.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the premier performing concert ensemble of the Instrumental Division of the Department of Music. The ensemble performs repertoire of the highest quality from various style and time periods and the have the opportunity to collaborate with performers, composers, and conductors of national repute. This group meets year-round and performs several on-campus concerts annually. Placement in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble is dependent upon competitive audition at the beginning of the year.
The SE Jazz Ensemble is a “big band” style jazz ensemble open by competitive audition to all University students. The Jazz Ensemble provides entertainment for a variety of University and community events in the Texoma area, including balls and receptions, as well as performing extensively in the public schools of Oklahoma. They also perform regular concerts on campus and host the SE Jazz Festival each spring, performing with international jazz artists such as Ed Shaughness, Vince Di-Martino, David Steinmeyer, and Chris Vadal.
The internationally recognized Jazz Ensemble, which completed a cultural exchange tour of the People’s Republic of China in spring 2001, has made tours to Walt Disney World and the Greeley Jazz Festival, and makes a major tour each spring. The ensemble is dedicated to performing all styles of jazz, from the early “swing” era through Count Besie and today’s modern jazz sounds. For more information, contact Dr. Tristan Eggener
The Percussion Ensemble at Southeastern performs for a wide variety of functions and events including university and community concerts, performances in Texoma Region schools, and state conventions. The ensemble is comprised of 10 – 15 musicians and performs literature from the standard repertoire written specifically for percussion as well as Arrangements of Classical literature and contemporary transcriptions of popular tunes. In addition, the percussion ensemble performs music on authentic instruments from different cultures and regions of the world. These ethnic styles include: Middle East, Arabic, African, Brazilian, Mexican Marimba, and Caribbean Steel Drum styles.
Through the Musical Arts Series, percussion students have the opportunity to work with internationally recognized artists. Recent guest artists include Danny Frye, The Percussion Group Cincinnati, Ethos Percussion Group, Maelstrom, Brahmah, Hands On’Semble, Tempus Fugit, Nuclear Percussion Ensemble, Global Percussion Trio, Taikoza, D’Drum, Meadows World Music Ensemble, and Talujon.
The Southeastern Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Stacy Weger, continues to bring recognition and singing excellence to Southeastern Oklahoma State University, the Texoma Region, and beyond. In December 2012, the Chorale made their European debut with performances at St. Michal’s Church in Budapest, Haydnhalle in Eisenstadt, St. Martin’s Church in Prague, and both St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Minoritenkirche in Vienna. Most recently, the Chorale sang an Epiphany Concert in the Cathedral of St. Louis in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2017.
The Southeastern Chorale has at its core a mission to advance and support choral music in the region, while striving to maintain a tradition of singing excellence. In support of these goals, the Southeastern Chorale tours annually into area schools, having performed in over 100 schools in Oklahoma and Texas in the past 10 years in support of music education. Regional tours in the United States have included performances in Dallas, TX, Austin, TX, Jackson, MS, Oklahoma City, OK and, New Orleans, LA, among others.
The Southeastern Chorale is often featured as a guest performing group at the Oklahoma Music Educators State Conference, most recently at the January 2014 conference. The Chorale accepted an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall in June 2009, and then joined Vanderbilt University and Wichita State University in the world-premiere of composer David N. Childs’ “Requiem”. David Childs was also commissioned to write a choral piece, “Of Fire and the Rose,” to honor the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Centennial (2009 premiere). In 2007, the Southeastern Chorale was invited to perform in The National Endowment for the Arts Choral Symposium, Crossing the Divide: Exploring Influence and Finding Our Voice – an American Masterpiece Festival, in Austin, Texas. The Chorale was asked to join Grammy nominated choral ensemble Conspirare in their individual concert.
The Southeastern Chorale has been afforded the opportunity to perform with some of the world’s most noted choral ensembles and conductors, having been featured in master classes and clinics with Anonymous Four, Quink, Chanticleer, and Conspirare. In 2008, the Southeastern Chorale hosted Grammy nominated choral conductor Craig Hella Johnson in residency. Performing with Craig and Grammy winning singer Cynthia Clawson, the Chorale created a unique choral collage concert. Dr. Johnson retuned to campus in 2012 for yet another concert with the Chorale and Theatre at Southeastern students.
The Chorale members annually serve as hosts for regional choral contests and festivals, perform for campus functions such as Freshman Convocation, Homecoming, SE Live, and Graduation. They have taken on financial responsibility for the realization of many of these efforts through fundraising. The Southeastern Chorale has successfully raised over $40,000.00 the past three years to put toward educational and artistic endeavors
The Southeastern Symphonic Choir is the largest vocal group on campus. Comprised of all the vocal music majors, as well as non-majors, staff, and members of the community, this ensemble is designed to present major, concerted works each semester. These performances have included masterworks of Handel, Orff, Respighi, Mozart, and J.S. Bach. The Symphonic Choir also collaborates regularly with the Sherman Symphony Orchestra.
The Symphonic Choir is the lead ensemble of the oldest continuing tradition on campus, Southeastern’s Candelighting. The 96th edition in 2017 will feature the Vivaldi Gloria and J.S. Bach Cantata BWV 62 Nun comma, der Heiden Heiland.
Plans are underway for a Spring 2018 program to be held at First Baptist Church in Durant. On the theme of “war and …” the program will center on a cycle of Walt Whitman Civil War poems, set by Jeffrey Van for chorus and guitar.
New Singers are Always Welcomed
The Symphonic Chorus meets on Mondays at 6:00pm to accommodate those who work during the day. Any interested musician should contact Dr. Joshua Nannestad.
Opera Theatre students perform a full length opera in the Fall semester and collaborate with the Theatre Department in the Spring to present a full-length musical. Recent performances include Douglas Moore’s Gallantry, Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone, Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady.