Drury has an ongoing commitment to the creation and performance of new music. Composers are encouraged to write for all of our small and large ensembles, and their music is frequently performed by members of the Drury Chamber Orchestra, Drury Wind Symphony and Drury Singers. Composers also participate in a joint recital every spring.
Composition lessons and theory courses are taught by Carlyle Sharpe.
The Music Department offers a wide variety of courses in music theory, analysis and composition for both music majors, music minors and students simply studying music through elective courses. Music majors and minors typically begin their college music experience with Music Theory and Ear Training and Sight Singing. This sequence of courses introduces the college musician to the fundamentals of musical notation, harmony, ear training, voice leading and musical form - all in terms of an historical perspective. More advanced courses include Instrumentation & Orchestration, 18th Century Counterpoint, and 20th Century Musical Styles.
Students at Drury University also learn to work with music notation software such as Sibelius and MuseScore, and ear training students utilize the MacGAMUT software.
Founded in 2005, Ensemble 21 is Drury's professional ensemble-in-residence, specializing in the performance of 20th and 21st century music. Comprised of consummate musicians drawn from regional orchestras and universities, E21 is dedicated to realizing the musical vision of living composers.