ESU Marching Festival

With Marching Band season right around the corner, so is the ESU Marching Festival! Band directors: if you are interested in signing your band up for the festival, click here for more information and an application form!

Marching Band Camp 

Marching Band Camp is coming up right around the corner. Click here to find the schedule and more information.

Jazz Band Trip to New York
Mid-America Woodwind Quartet
Orchestra Class
Horn Players Having Fun
150th Gala - Percussion Section
Marching Band Halftime Show

About the Department of Music

The Department of Music (NASM accredited since 1947) offers a comprehensive inventory of courses for those who wish to major or minor in music and for those who seek musical knowledge and experiences.  Students may acquaint themselves with music as appreciative listeners, inquisitive scholars, or active performers.  Music faculty are active in performance, composition and arrangement, and publication efforts.

A state-approved degree program is offered to prepare teachers of music for the elementary and secondary schools of Kansas.  Other degree programs are designed to enable students to pursue advanced studies in music and/or find employment within the field of music.

The department provides a yearly schedule of concerts, recitals, master classes, and lectures which feature ESU music faculty and students as well as invited artist performers.

A Brief History

Come visit the Music Department in Beach Hall

Beach Music Hall, originally constructed in 1926, was completely renovated in 1997-98.  The original building houses administrative offices, classrooms, Heath Recital Hall, Hendricks Computer Laboratory, faculty studios, and practice rooms.  A new addition to the north of Beach Music Hall, The Shepherd Music Center, houses the choral and instrumental rehearsal rooms, percussion studio, and the digital audio recording center.  David Emig of Emig and Associated, Emporia, served as the project architect.

Calendar of Events- Fall 2016

Dates are subject to be changed and added



Gala Benefit Concert (special pricing)


7:30 pm



Jazz Concert


7:30 pm


4 Emporia Symphony Orchestra "Pops" Concert (special pricing) GRTH 7:30 pm



Marching Band Festival

Welch Stadium

7:00 am- 2:00 pm



Choral Invitational Concert




27 Woodwind Showcase Concert HRH 7:30 pm


1 Mid America Woodwind Quintet HRH 7:30 pm


2 Future Music Student Day BH All Day


13 Opera Concert ATH 3:00 pm


15 Emporia Symphony Orchestra Concert ATH 7:30 pm


17 Jazz Concert ATH 7:30 pm


19 Honors Band/Jazz Band Concert ATH 4:00 pm


30 Percussion Concert ATH 7:30 pm


2 Wind Ensemble Concert ATH 7:30 pm


4 Choir Concert ATH 3:00 pm



  $4 Students & Senior Citizensaddmission Charges:      $5 General Admission

                                      12 and under free
                                      (*) indicates no admission charge
Call the Music Department Office at
620-341-5431 for information.
All dates and locations subject to change.

 Location Key


Heath Recital Hall


Beach Hall


Albert Taylor Hall


Granada Theatre 


First United Methodist Church

Calendar of Music Convocations:

Fall 2016

Date Event Location Time
Aug. 30

Student Welcome Convocation

BH132 10 A.M.

Sept. 13

Convocation Master Classes 

(Strings & Voice: BH132, Percussion & Piano: BH134, Brass & Woodwinds: HRH)

BH132, 134, HRH

10 A.M.

Sept. 15

Convocation: Music Education meeting (Thursday)

**Mandatory for Music Ed majors. Not Freshman**


10 A.M.
Sept. 27

Faculty Get Acquainted Recital

HRH 10 A.M.
Oct. 18

Convocation: Master Classes

(Strings & Woodwinds: BH132, Percussion, Brass, & Voice: BH134, Piano: HRH)

BH132, 134, HRH 10 A.M.
Nov. 1

Convocation: Student Recital

HRH 10 A.M.
Nov. 3

Basic Music Recital (Thursday)

HRH 10 A.M.
Nov. 15

Convocation: Master Classes

(Brass & Voice: BH132, Percussion & Woodwinds: 134, Piano & Springs: HRH)

BH132, 134, HRH

10 A.M.

Nov. 22

Convocation: Student Recital HRH 10 A.M.

Each student must attend 12 Department of Music recitals this spring semester.

Convocations may count as part of the 12 recitals.

Events in which the student is performing in cannot be included in the 12 required attendances.