Mission

Mission Statement

The Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music inspires and develops students in pursuit of professional careers in music. Embracing a proven curriculum, opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, and close mentorship with our renowned music faculty, our diverse undergraduate and graduate student body is empowered to thrive and become leaders in the field of music and the communities they serve.

Lamar University is a member of the Texas State University System, and is nationally recognized as a Carnegie Doctoral Research University. It is rated as one of the best educational values in the state of Texas, and in North America, based on its average cost to students.

Greetings!

Dr. Brian Shook, Associate Professor and Interim-ChairWelcome to the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at Lamar University. We have a dynamic department and one that is friendly and supportive. I am sure you would feel inspired, challenged, and encouraged should you decide to study music at Lamar.

The university is situated in Beaumont, Texas, approximately ninety miles from Houston and affords numerous opportunities for a wide range of artistic and educational experiences. Within the greater Beaumont community a variety of distinguished artistic institutions add to the cultural life of the area including the Lamar Civic Orchestra, Symphony of Southeast Texas, Beaumont Interfaith Choral Society, Beaumont Community Players, Beaumont Ballet Theatre, and the Beaumont Civic Ballet.

The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in music. Full admission to the university is necessary prior to being admitted as a music major.

To be considered a music major, one must be formally admitted to the university and pass an audition. Please review the Application Process & Audition information page for specifics regarding dates and repertoire. If you need help with materials for the audition, Dr. Eric Shannon (eric.shannon@lamar.edu) will assist you in contacting a faculty member in your area of study to suggest possible repertoire for the audition.

If I can be of further assistance to you, you can reach me at (409) 880-8144. I look forward to hearing from you and assisting you in your success at Lamar.

Best wishes!

Dr. Brian Shook
Interim Chair, Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music
Lamar University