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Eric Lenz

Welcome to The School of Music at Southern Illinois University. Tucked into the beautiful scenery of the Shawnee National Forest region and surrounded by outstanding recreational lakes, wonderful state parks, and known for its outdoor recreation, boating, rock climbing, hiking, nature walking, hunting and horseback riding, you’ll find a thriving musical treasure.

Just south of the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, north of Memphis, south of the Chicagoland area, and an easy drive from Nashville, The School of Music at SIU offers every musical opportunity possible.  Music Education … Music Performance … Band … Orchestra … Chorus … Marching Band … Jazz Studies … General Music Studies … Music Business … Theory and Composition … Musical Theater and Opera Performance … Graduate Music School:  We Are One Destination for Every Journey!  

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music for more than forty consecutive years, the School of Music offers undergraduate degrees in eight specializations, and graduate degrees in seven concentrations. The school’s mission is to foster the education and preparation of music students who aspire to be performers, educators, composers, theorists, conductors, historians, and music industry personnel. We also provide first-rate educational experiences for music minors and students throughout the campus with various disciplines seeking continued performance opportunities.

School of Music faculty are outstanding subject knowledge experts who have studied at the finest institutions and conservatories around the world and who have also gained national and international recognition in their areas of expertise. If you’re looking to receive the finest quality instruction with an impressive teacher/student classroom ratio of approximately 15:1, and dedicated preparation for the competitive market place, this is the place for you!

Altgeld Hall, with its $11-million dollar renovations, is our home. (Just look for the castle.) It is one of the great historical buildings on the SIU campus and is a state-of-the-art facility, newly equipped, acoustically engineered, and includes rehearsal halls, computer research/listening stations, smart-technology classrooms, practice rooms, student lounges/study rooms, and applied studios.  Our ensembles are fortunate to perform in the 1,200 seat Shryock Auditorium with its majestic Reuter Pipe Organ.  Additional music classrooms are located right across the street in the OBF Building. 

Southern Illinois University represents a center of cultural activity for southern Illinois and the School of Music is front-and-center in providing major performances and guest artists in support of the cultural needs of the university, the greater Carbondale-Marion region, and beyond. Additionally our ensembles have been featured at the state, regional, national, and international festivals and concert venues. 

We are easy to visit.  Amtrak trains stop right here in Carbondale, Illinois using three different routes: these include Route 58 City of New Orleans, Route  390 Saluki, and Route 392 Illini Special.  The greater Carbondale region is also home to the Southern Illinois Airport (operated by SIU) and the Williamson County Regional Airport with frequent daily flights to and from St. Louis Lambert Field.

I am pleased that you are visiting the School of Music website.Contact us for more information.  Just like our students, alumni and faculty, you will come to realize why the School of Music at Southern Illinois University is the perfect place for you to study and succeed and you’ll quickly understand why this region is know for the “Garden of the Gods.” 

SIU - all the brains of a nationally ranked research university – all the heart of a small college. 

Be a part of it!

Eric Lenz
Interim Director
School of Music