About the Music Programs

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The Department of Music offers the following degrees:

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.

Music Major Handbook

Housed in the Mabee Center for the Performing Arts – which comprises the O’Bannon, Lydy, and Clara Thompson Hall/Spangler Concert 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 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.

Music facilities

Clara Thompson Hall contains a large classroom, eight teaching studios and 15 practice rooms. 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.

Drury University Center for Music Therapy and Wellness, located in Springfield Hall, is 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 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

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Contact information

For general questions or to schedule an activity grant auditions, contact:
Jay Dougherty
(417) 873-7388

For voice lessons, music history, questions regarding scholarships and other administrative matters, contact:
Jay Dougherty
(417) 873-7388

For music therapy, contact:
Dr. Natalie Wlodarczyk
(417) 873-7573

For composition and music theory, contact:
Dr. Carlyle Sharpe
(417) 873-7395

For instrumental ensembles contact:
Troy Peterson
(417) 873-7578

For choral ensembles, contact:
Jay Dougherty
(417) 873-7388

Drury University
Department of Music
900 North Benton Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802

(417) 873-7296

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