The Department of Music offers the following degrees:
Some of the department’s music majors and minors also choose to pursue the Arts Administration degree offered through the Breech School of Business Administration. Students pursuing these degrees are provided the opportunity to learn and grow while gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to become successful musicians, therapists, teachers and performers.
Housed in the Mabee Center for the Performing Arts – which comprises the O’Bannon Music Center, Lydy Art Center and Clara Thompson Hall –the department has attracted an international student body and faculty whose impact on the cultural life of Drury and Springfield is apparent. The Mabee Center features practice and chamber music rooms as well as faculty studios. The Drury campus is also home to the Stone Chapel organ, a three manual instrument with approximately 1,400 pipes, constructed in 1906 by Lyon and Healy of Chicago.
Music students take applied music lessons and core music courses from some of the most accomplished faculty in the nation and perform in ensembles with other musicians on the undergraduate and professional levels.
Clara Thompson Hall contains a large classroom, eight teaching studios and 15 practice rooms, including one with a Conn electronic organ. With a seating capacity of 425, the hall is known for its superb acoustics and houses a French-style Peter Tkach harpsichord, built in 1984, and two Steinway grand pianos.
Opened in 1979, the O’Bannon Music Center contains the music office, five teaching studios, a student lounge, instrumental rehearsal rooms also equipped as a classroom, and the Sunderland Black Box Theatre.
The Lydy Center, renovated for the expansion of the department in 2004, contains choral and instrumental rehearsal rooms, an intimate recital space, a large classroom, a faculty lounge and a theatre drafting lab.
Just north of the Mabee Center, Congregational Hall houses the 6,183 square-foot Drury University Center for Music Therapy and Wellness, an on-campus music therapy clinic. Outstanding features of this clinic include both large and small activity rooms with adjoining observation rooms. The clinic serves a growing number and variety of clients both on and off campus including children with autism and learning disabilities, assisted living residents, palliative care and persons with behavioral health needs.
A prominent feature on the Drury campus, Stone Chapel has a seating capacity of 510 and houses the 1906 Lyon and Healy Chalfant pipe organ, named after William Chalfant, director of the Drury Conservatory of Music at the turn of the 20th century. This three manual, 30-rank instrument with approximately 1,400 pipes was substantially renovated between 1990 and 1998. It is utilized by the organ students, for weekend weddings, for the popular Christmas Vespers and for recitals and other special events in the chapel.
Information for current Drury students
Health and wellness
For general questions or to schedule an activity grant auditions, contact:
For Drury jazz ensembles, improvisation or saxophone lessons, jazz festival, contact:
Dr. Tina Claussen
For voice lessons, music history, questions regarding scholarships and other administrative matters, contact:
Dr. Stephen Bomgardner
For music therapy, contact:
Dr. Natalie Wlodarczyk
For music education, contact:
Dr. James R. Davidson
For composition and music theory, contact:
Dr. Carlyle Sharpe
For marching and athletic band, contact:
Department of Music
900 North Benton Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802