About the Department of Music and Performing Arts

The Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Music and Performing Arts prepares
professional performers and educators and serves as a center of art and culture for
Hammond and the Northshore. Our program gives all aspiring students the opportunity
to experience music, dance, and musical theater. As the first music department in
Louisiana to be certified by the National Association of Schools of Music, the department
boasts a lengthy heritage of excellence in the training of educators and professional

Over 200 students from throughout the United States and around the world study music
in the department. The size provides a nurturing environment, fosters both large and
small ensemble learning opportunities and allows for significant personal interaction
with faculty. Our department’s graduates continue to distinguish themselves in many
ways as performers and educators, from public schools, colleges, and universities
to success on the stage.

An outstanding faculty of over 35 musicians and scholars provides our students with
the guidance and training to excel. They are leaders in their fields who hold offices
in state and national professional organizations and receive national and university
awards in teaching, research and creative activity. Heard in performances around the
world and on recordings, our instructors take a deep and lasting interest in our students.

The Music and Performing Arts Department offers undergraduate degrees in music education,
music performance, jazz studies, a minor in music, and a minor in Choreography and Contemporary Dance Performance. Graduate degrees are offered in Conducting, Performance and Theory.

Contact Us

For more information please contact us:

Southeastern Louisiana University
Department of Music and Performing Arts
SLU Box 10815
Hammond, Louisiana 70402-0815
[email protected]
Phone: 985-549-2184
Fax: 985-549-2892

Jeffrey Wright, Department Head

Shuwanda Harrison-Carter, Administrative Assistant

Michael Brothers, Director of Jazz Studies

Victor Correa-Cruz, Director of Southeastern Symphony Orchestra

Frances Fonza, Director of Choral Activities

Patrick Kerber, Director of Guitar Ensemble

Robert Schwartz, Director of Bands