Welcome to ESU's Music Department Webpage

Join us October 4th, 2017 for our Marching Band Festival

For more details and the registration form click here

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 2017

Dates are subject to be changed and added

September 16 GALA Benefit Concert HRH 7:30pm
September 24 Martin Cuellar Piano Recital* Sauder Alumni Center 3:00pm 
September 28 Jazz Concert ATH 7:30pm
September 29 Middle School Choral Workshop  BH/ATH All Day
October 1 A Cappella and Chamber Choir Concert FUMC 3:00pm
October 1 Micaela Gonzalez Recital* HRH 3:00pm
October 3 Emporia Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert Granada Theatre 7:30pm
October 4 Marching Band Festival  Welch Stadium 7:00am-2:00pm
October  6 Chamber Orchestra Concert HRH 7:30pm
October 26 Woodwind Showcase HRH 7:30pm
October 28 Desert’s Edge Duo Robert Spring, Clarinet & J.B. Smith, Percussion HRH 7:30pm
October 29 Dahn Wadley: Percussion, Oblayes – Percussion and Dance Recital HRH 4:00 pm
November 4-5 Hosting KMTA Piano Competition  BH All Rooms All Day 
November  7 High School Choral Invitational  BH/ATH All Day
November 9 Choir "Veteran's" Concert featuring Chamber, A Capella and Community Choirs Granada Theatre 7:30pm
November 14 Emporia Symphony Orchestra Concert ATH 7:30pm
November 15 Scholarship Auditions TBD TBD
November 16 Jazz Concert ATH 7:30pm
November 17 Opera Scenes HRH 7:30pm
November 18 Jazz Concert with the Honors Band* ATH 4:00pm-5:00pm
November 18 Flute Studio Recital #1 * HRH 7:30pm
November 29 Percussion Concert ATH 7:30pm
December 1 Wind Ensemble Concert ATH 7:30pm
December  2 Chamber Orchestra Concert HRH 7:30pm
December 7 Holiday Flute Choir * WAWL 4pm
December 7 Flute Studio Recital #2 * HRH 7:30pm


                               $4 Students & Senior Citizens admission 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


William Allen White Library


To Be Determined

Calendar of Music Convocations:

Fall 2017 

Aug. 29

Student Welcome Convocation

10 a.m.


Sept. 12

Faculty Get-Acquainted Recital

10 a.m.


Sept. 14

Convocation: Music Education Meeting (Thursday)

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

10 a.m.


Sept. 26

Convocation Master Classes

(Single Reeds, Strings (HRH); Percussion, Flute/Double Reed (BH134); Brass, Voice (BH132)

10 a.m.

BH132, 134, HRH

Oct. 10

Convocation: Student Recital

10 a.m.


Oct. 24

Convocation: Master Classes

(Masterclass Convocation, Strings, Flute/Double Reed (HRH);

Percussion, Voice (BH134); Brass, Single Reeds (BH132)

10 a.m.

BH132, 134, HRH

Nov. 7

Convocation: Student Recital

10 a.m.


Nov. 21

Convocation: Master Classes

(Masterclass convocation, Strings, Voice (HRH); Percussion, Single Reeds (BH134); Brass, Flute/Double Reed (BH132)

10 a.m.

BH132, 134, HRH

Dec. 5

Convocation: Student Recital

10 a.m.


Dec. 7

Basic Music Recorder Recital (Thursday

10 a.m.


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

Convocations may count as part of the 12 recitals.