Department of Music
The Department of Music at Louisiana Tech is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and offers a full range of courses and performance opportunities for students wishing to continue their music education at the college level. Music majors select one of four possible concentrations: Performance, Music Education (Vocal or Instrumental), Composition, or Liberal Arts. Our mission is four-fold:
- To lay the foundation for personal growth in music performance, pedagogy, and education.
- To foster the development of knowledge, skills, achievement, and integrity in the field of music.
- To enrich the cultural life of the campus and surrounding communities.
- To maintain the highest quality of academic, performance, and professional standards for students and faculty
We welcome students from all majors to audition and participate in our performing ensembles. Visit the Audition Requirements page and the Prospective Students page to learn more about scheduling an audition.
Dr. Randall Sorensen, Coordinator of Music
James Alvey Smith Endowed Professorship
North Louisiana Youth Percussion Ensemble Festival
The festival begins on Friday, March 24 from 3-5pm with an open rehearsal in Howard Auditorium. At 7:30 pm, Mr. Bobo will be featured at the opening festival concert. On Saturday, March 25, visiting high school ensembles will perform throughout the morning. Mr. Bobo's clinic will occur at 10 am. A closing concert featuring the Honors Youth Percussion Ensemble will conclude the festival at 12 pm.
- Piano Studio Showcase
Beethoven and Brahms's Piano Showcase begins Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 pm in Howard Auditorium.
Congratulations to Department of Music alumna, Cory Craig (music education, '14) on her recent selection as the Middle School Band Director of the Year for 2016-17 in Caddo Parish. Cory was also named the Middle School Teacher of the Year at Herndon Magnet School.
Acting Assistant Professor of Music, Adam Johnson, recently won an audition for 2nd Trombone with the Shreveport Symphony. Adam teaches low brass and music theory at Tech and is also the conductor of the Brass Ensemble.
Congratulations to the following Symphonic Band members who were selected to perform with the 2017 Louisiana Intercollegiate Honor Band at McNeese State University on January 15: Sara Burkhalter, Shawn Nacquin, Tyler Wise, Katie Nugent, William Joiner, Brian Smith, Tori Guzy, Allen Spillers, Cody Ford, Alek Gonzalez, Cody Livingston, Garrett Scott.
Anna Blake, a junior vocal music minor, was crowned Miss Tech 2017. In addition to being crowned Miss Tech, Blake received awards for the highest score in the pageant's talent and swimsuit competitions. She studies with Dr. Lisa Maxedon, the head of Vocal Studies. Her father, Mack, is a Tech alum who was very involved in the music department during his days at Tech. Her mom, Shayla, is on the music faculty. Anna will be representing LA Tech this summer at the Miss Louisiana Pageant.