Greeting from Robert Riggs

Welcome to the Department of Music at Ole Miss, Mississippi's flagship university. Our mission is to prepare students for professional careers by offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education, performance, and choral conducting. Students entering our programs become part of a vibrant community led by a distinguished and enthusiastic faculty, with twenty-five full-time and twelve adjunct members, dedicated to teaching, research, and performance. Thus, our students - over 170 majors - receive the rigorous individual attention necessary to develop their full potential. As a department within the College of Liberal Arts, we are also committed to offering stimulating courses and performance opportunities for non-majors.

We support a complete spectrum of ensembles, both large (bands, choirs, orchestra, opera) and small (chamber music, jazz bands, percussion ensembles, African drum and dance ensemble), which serve the dual functions of creating vital performing and learning experiences as well as enriching the cultural climate of the entire University and Oxford communities. Our students, faculty, and audiences enjoy world-class acoustics in exciting performance venues: the 400-seat Nutt Auditorium in the Music Building; the 1200-seat Ford Center for the Performing Arts across the street; the 150-seat Theater in Meek Hall; and the 250-seat Paris-Yates Chapel, with its spectacular Baroque pipe organ.

The University of Mississippi is renowned for the beauty of its meticulously maintained campus, and Oxford is justly considered one of America's most livable, attractive, and artistically dynamic college towns. For more information, please explore our new web site or contact us, and then come for a campus visit. You are always welcome.

Robert Riggs, music department chair

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