About the Department




The Department of Music at East Tennessee State University features award winning faculty and an accomplished, friendly staff. We are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music to grant Bachelor of Music degrees in performance and education.  Our graduates are accepted into top-tier graduate schools and obtain important teaching jobs. 

Student musicians are able to join a variety of ensembles. Some of them perform at state, regional and national levels, and some travel as far as overseas. Our ensembles include a Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Brass and Woodwind Ensemble, Chorale, Men's and Women's Choir, Jazz Singers, and a variety of smaller groups. Qualified musicians are also able to join the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. Our department offers numerous scholarships to students in all areas of musical study.

We are a sought-after department for pianists. Our piano students consistently place in the top ranks of piano competitions and get accepted into the most competitive US graduate schools. The Powell Piano series brings accomplished pianists to ETSU for master classes and recitals. We are an All-Steinway school, that means that our pianos are Steinway pianos. Our piano majors are able to practice on Steinway grand pianos. Every year, one piano major is accepted with a full-ride scholarship. In addition, pianists receive scholarship-support at various levels.

The Tri-Cities area (Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol) offers wonderful opportunities to explore music and the arts. First, we are part of the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts. Many events bring renowned artists to ETSU and delight audiences from the university and wider area. Every semester, the Department of Music offers a new concert series featuring guest musicians in addition to our outstanding department events. Two symphony orchestras serve the region: the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra (Robert J. Seebacher) and the Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, TN (Cornelia Laemmli Orth).

If we are able to help answer any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our staff or any of our faculty.



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