Message from the Chair


Dr. Jason Oby, Chairman of the Department of Music

Welcome to the Texas Southern University Department of Music. We have strong and highly reputable degree programs offering diverse opportunities for music majors and non-music majors alike. Our music educators and applied faculty are among the finest in the nation.

In Houston, the fourth most populist city in the nation, international performers regularly appear onstage in our world-class orchestra, opera company, ballet, and theater organizations. A flourishing community of chamber group and other arts organizations offer endless opportunities for young classical musicians to grow and learn while the active international club scene offers numberless opportunities for jazz and R&B musicians.

Here at TSU, our Department of Music provides a unique experience combining high academic standards and high-quality performance experiences. Our relatively intimate size and scope foster an environment in which close mentoring relationships that last long beyond the student’s matriculation and tenure at TSU are developed and sustained. In this environment, we provide educational components that are not available in larger state schools

Our faculty consist of active performers and composers in the classical, jazz, and popular genres. They are also dedicated to teaching. Thus, our philosophy is grounded in performance, academic foundation and good technique.

An equally impressive record of student success has earned us a vigorous alumni community that includes Grammy Award-winning recording artists, music educators, and “behind the stage” music professionals at every level.

Please peruse the information found on these web pages and explore the many offerings and opportunities available in the TSU music department. You'll be glad you did!