Lyon College's music major is rooted in the history and theory of music, as well as in performance. It is well suited to students who wish to pursue graduate study in performance, music education, music theory, or musicology; potential church musicians; and students who wish to study music in tandem with other disciplines.
In addition to studying music in the classroom, music majors will develop their skills as performers (in voice, piano, organ, or selected instrumental areas) in private lessons with a member of the music faculty. A basic level of skill at the piano is expected of all music majors; therefore, a piano proficiency examination must be passed by the senior year. All music majors must also complete a senior project that will culminate in the form of a public recital, lecture-recital, or lecture.
Aside from private lessons, students can further their studies by performing with the Lyon College Concert Chorale, the Lyon College Concert Band, the Lyon College Flute Choir, and the Lyon College Pipe Band. Students in these ensembles study not only a variety of musical and non-musical fields, but also may, based upon an audition, receive financial aid for their continued participation.
Major campus events are held in Brown Chapel, featuring The Eugene Sloan Auditorium, The elegant Bevens Music Room, Ellebracht Chapel, and many additional practice rooms.
Major campus concerts are held in Sloan Auditorium in Brown Chapel, which seats 500. The auditorium features a 37-rank mechanical action Holtkamp pipe organ, built in 1980, and a full-size Baldwin grand piano. The stage includes the adjustable Maestro Wenger Acoustic Shell, allowing both larger and smaller ensemble productions. The Arkansas Chamber Symphony Orchestra and Jonesboro's Delta Symphony Orchestra perform on stage alternating years. Lyon musical theatre productions have been a highlight since the 1960s.
The elegant Bevens Music Room, which seats 120, provides phenomenal acoustics for chamber music and solo performances and features an eight-foot Kawai grand piano. This recital hall is home to Lyon's Student Recital every semester, as well as the favorite venue for the Quapaw String Quartet, Arkansas' premiere chamber string ensemble, which annually performs at Lyon during the spring semester.
Organ students have access to the neo-baroque Flentrop pipe organ located at the Christian Science Society 1740 E. College Rd in Batesville. Designed by Pat Crouch, the Georgian style building with its concave vaulted ceiling offers exceptional acoustics. Renowned organists from across the country have given recitals here since its dedication.
Both grand and spinet pianos are available for student practice in the Brown Chapel Fine Arts Building, including two newly renovated practice rooms.
The Ellecbracht Chapel provides a worship space for the campus community for prayer and reflection. Lyon College designates Thursdays from 11 am to noon as Chapel Hour, with Ellebracht Chapel as a focal place for ecumenical worship and music student participation in leading the assembly. The Chapel houses the Hubbard harpsichord, for music student use.
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