The Southwestern Oklahoma State University legacy of summer music camps began when the 1st Annual Band Camp was started in 1956 by Southwestern Director of Bands, Dr. Richard V. Coy, Melvin “Buster” Westmoreland, the Thomas Band Director and Robert Moses, who was the Director of Bands at Hollis.Dr. Coy served as Camp Director from 1956-1961 and 1964-1967.Dr. Russ Coleman was the interim Director of Bands and Camp Director in 1962 and 1963 while Dr. Coy worked on his doctoral degree at UCLA.When Dr. Coy became Director of Bands at Pasadena City College, California, he was followed by Harlon Lamkin, who served as Camp Director from 1968-1970. Dr. James Jurrens became the Camp Director in 1971 and held that position until his retirement from Southwestern in 1986. Dr. Terry Segress directed and expanded the music camp offerings during his tenure as Camp Director, which ran from 1987 to 2007. Dr. Keith Talley took over camp administration from 2008-2016 when Marc Mueller took over the direction of the summer music camps.
Southwestern Oklahoma State University includes one of Oklahoma’s largest music schools – one of established excellence. Undergraduate degrees offered at Southwestern include: Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental/General), Bachelor of Music Education (Vocal/General), Bachelor of Music (Performance or Music Business), and Bachelor of Music (Music Therapy). The Graduate Division of the department offers the Master of Music in Performance, the Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy, and the Master of Music in Music Education.
Whatever your musical goals, SWOSU’s Department of Music works with you to achieve your personal best. You study with superb musicians committed to your academic and musical advancement. With individual training customized to meet your needs, SWOSU’s Department of Music gives you the educational and performance opportunities to put you on the path of musical success. Our Department of Music is one of the region’s largest and finest music schools. The excellent quality of training offered at SWOSU is demonstrated daily by the hundreds of graduates now working in Oklahoma and throughout the United States.
Southwestern offers a full range of scholarship and financial aid to university students. For information about scholarships, contact Dr. David Bessinger, Chair; Department of Music: Southwestern Oklahoma State University; 100 Campus Drive; Weatherford, OK 73096. Telephone: (580) 774-3708 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit us at the official SWOSU Department of Music website: www.swosu.edu/music