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Welcome from the Department Chair

Welcome to our website and thanks for stopping by!

Here are just a few of the things about our department that you should know.

We have:

  • A dedicated faculty
  • An outstanding student body of both women and men
  • Numerous ensemble opportunities
  • Specialists on every instrument
  • Small class sizes
  • A private school feel at public university prices
  • Multiple degree programs
  • Superb performances by faculty, students, and guests
  • Scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Opportunities for graduate assistantships
  • Distinguished alumni in the fields of music education, performance, pedagogy and therapy

Further information about our department can be accessed by the links on the website menu bar. Please feel free to contact the music office at (940) 898-2500 or music@twu.edu with any questions you might have.  You may also contact individual faculty members with questions specific to their area.

History

Music study at TWU has a long and distinguished history. TWU established the first university level department of music in the state of Texas in 1915. TWU also established one of the first music therapy majors in the country in 1953. TWU has been fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1958, and the music therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA.)

"A Brief History of the Music Department at Texas Woman's University, 1901-1999" (pdf), written by Dr. Thomas Brown, TWU Emeritus Professor of Organ and Music History, provides a compelling picture of the first century of the TWU Music Department.  

Facilities

Margo Jones Performance Hall is the primary performance facility for the Department of Music. This beautiful hall has excellent acoustics and a seating capacity of 1,074.

Located in the Music Building, Margo Jones Performance hall was originally built in the 1920's, and was the premier theatre in North Texas. Artists such as John Phillip Sousa, Isaac Stern, Vladimir Horowitz, Lily Pons, Robert Frost, Yehudi Menuhin, and others came to Texas Woman's University to perform in the facility. In 1987 the Hall was closed for a $3.5 million renovation that was completed in April 1990. Renovated features of the Hall include new lighting, motorized rigging, new sound systems and a stage floor constructed on a cushioned rubber mounting.

The 1,074 seat Margo Jones Performance Hall features orchestral level seating of 812 total seats and balcony seating of 262 total seats. This state-of-the-art performance facility enhances our music, drama and dance productions. It boasts an 85-rank, 4-manual Redman organ plus both Bösendorfer and Steinway concert grand pianos. The Margo Jones Performance Hall provides students, faculty and professional artists outstanding facilities for a variety of creative events.

In addition to the numerous concerts featured here throughout the year, the hall is also a venue for other noteworthy events including official university ceremonies, guest lectures, and fashion productions.

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