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Founded in 1923, McMurry University has gained a national reputation for excellence and value through the achievements of our faculty, students, and graduates. Located on forty acres in a quiet residential section of Abilene, Texas, McMurry is a liberal arts university offering bachelor's degrees in the fine arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, business, education, and nursing. Steeped in its United Methodist tradition, its 1400 students are affected daily by our Core Values: Christian Faith as the foundation of life, Personal Relationships as the catalyst for life, Learning as the journey of life, Excellence as the goal of life, and Service as the measure of life. It boasts an outstanding faculty and staff whose goal is to maximize each student's level of achievement and to expose them to those qualities that go into making a successful life. Just as the university is large enough to offer excellent opportunities while avoiding the impersonal experience of a large school, Abilene is large enough to offer the amenities of a major city while retaining the safety, convenience, and charm of a small town. Recognized by Money Magazine as one of the top 100 safest places to live, Abilene has been an All-America City and a consistent winner in USA Today's "Make a Difference Day.”
The McMurry Music Department is a dynamic and active department on the campus of McMurry University. It offers numerous and varied opportunities for performance, as well as many opportunities to develop one’s musical talent through applied lessons and classes. McMurry’s music ensembles present a broad cross-section of performing options for musicians. The Chanters, McMurry’s premiere choir, performs regular concerts on campus and in the Abilene community, and tours annually throughout the state, across the nation and abroad. The choral chamber ensemble McMurry Sounds utilizes the close harmonies of jazz and popular music for much of its a cappella repertoire. The McMurry Percussion Ensemble performs cutting-edge compositions in addition to standard repertoire, and annually hosts celebrated percussionists and ensembles such as the Third Coast Percussion Ensemble. The McMurry Trumpet Choir was recently selected by blind audition to perform at the prestigious National Trumpet Competition. Other performing opportunities include the McMurry Jazz Band, woodwind chamber ensembles, a concerto competition, regular student recitals and master classes.
McMurry offers both the Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Music, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree with an emphasis in either instrumental or vocal music. The BA degree allows students to pursue music performance as a major, and yet has ample hours to allow for the true liberal arts experience in which McMurry excels. The BME degree is an excellent degree for future music educators due to the weighted concentration in music pedagogy and classroom practice one receives before the student teaching experience.
The University Bands have been an integral part of student life at McMurry University throughout its entire ninety year history. Active since 1946, when reorganized by legendary director Raymond T. "Prof" Bynum, the McMurry Bands have provided a musical outlet for students from across campus. Additionally, they have contributed outstanding musical performances for events on campus, in the Abilene community, and its surrounding areas. Housed in the beautifully renovated Bynum Band Hall, the University Bands sponsor the McMurry Marching Band each fall, a year-round Wind Ensemble, a spring-semester Symphonic Band and a summer high-school band camp. Membership in all bands is open to both music majors and non-majors, with band scholarships available to all students enrolled in its ensembles. The University Bands travel extensively, as well. In addition to the Wind Ensemble’s annual tour of Texas and New Mexico and numerous Abilene-area Marching Band exhibitions, the Wind Ensemble was recently the only U.S. band invited to perform at the World Conference of the International Society for Music Education in Bologna, Italy, while the McMurry Marching Band was recently featured in exhibition at the 3A Texas State Marching Finals in San Antonio, Texas.