The department’s large and small ensembles are filled with talented students from all walks of life at Lander. Our ensembles present concerts regularly on campus each semester and participate in an annual themed Collage Concert involving rapid-fire performances by the entire department. University ensembles also embark on spring tours to showcase Lander’s musical talents and to recruit quality student musicians at regional high schools.
Our larger ensembles include:
- Chamber Strings
- Jazz Ensemble
- University Singers
- Wind Ensemble
- Brass Ensemble
- Guitar Ensemble
- Percussion Ensemble
- Piano Ensemble
- String Ensemble
- Woodwind Ensemble
- Jazz Combo
- Old Main Singers
- Opera Workshop
Learning beyond the classroom
The Department of Music is committed to enhancing a student’s learning experience outside the classroom as well as in. Independent Study of a specialized topic above and beyond the current music curriculum may be explored with appropriate music faculty members. Internships may be arranged with community music organizations, such as local church music ministries, theatres, music festivals, and private studios.
Lander President’s Leadership Program is designed to identify Lander freshmen who wish to become better leaders at Lander and in the greater community. Dedicated to promoting the need to recognize and to understand the importance of global cultures, Lander’s Honors International Program recruits only the most gifted students. Our Study Abroad Program partners with international universities and institutions to offer quality educational opportunities overseas to interested Lander students. Music students have studied at such prestigious music conservatories as London’s Guildhall School of Music and have participated in Fine Arts Study Tours to London, Vienna, Prague, and other world-class musical cities.
Musicians are encouraged to join Lander’s student chapter of the National Association for Music Education. Future music educators will gain practical experience by organizing and producing the Miss Lander Pageant, an event which also serves as a fundraiser for members who wish to attend the South Carolina Music Educators Association Conference in the spring.
Lander is also home to a chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national music fraternity devoted to the advancement of music in America. The student organization assists with regional band clinics and participates in musical activities sponsored by other university chapters across the state of South Carolina.
Awards are presented each spring to outstanding students from every academic discipline. The following honors are bestowed upon deserving upperclassmen in music:
- Turner Music Medal
Established in 1973 by Gladys Winchester Turner, a 1954 alumna, this medal is awarded annually by the music faculty to a senior majoring in music who has maintained a high scholastic standing and has demonstrated the potential for making an outstanding contribution to the field of music education, performance or music-related work.
- Music Discipline Award
Given annually by the music faculty to the most outstanding junior or senior music major in recognition of high academic achievement, quality contributions to the music program, artistry and commitment to the discipline. The recipient must be a full-time student.
The Lander University Department of Music was honored at the 2011 South Carolina Education and Business Summit in Greenville for providing McCormick Middle School student Taylor Buckner with an outstanding job shadowing experience. Buckner sat in on a piano lab, taught by assistant professor of music Dr. Robert Kelley; a music theory class, taught by music department chair Dr. Lila Noonkester; and a music history class, taught by emeritus professor of music Dr. Anthony Lenti ... [ Read the Full Article ]
Life after Lander
Providing our students with a solid foundation in music and subsequently guiding our graduates down the path to a career in music are of utmost importance to music faculty members at Lander University. A degree from Lander may lead a student to apply for graduate school and ultimately to pursue one of a variety of career options in music.
Music educators may find employment in primary or secondary education, at the collegiate level, and in the private studio. Talented and experienced performers may secure jobs as collaborative artists, conductors, in military bands and choruses, and in opera, musical theatre, and orchestral venues. Job opportunities in the business world may include advertising, arranging, composition in radio, television, and movie industries, music computer technology, concert management, instrument manufacture, retail, and repair, music and copyright law, music therapy, and work with arts commissions.
An undergraduate degree in music not only improves your marketability, but, perhaps more importantly, serves as a valuable catalyst for life-long productivity, self-awareness, and satisfaction.
Study Abroad Opportunities:
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