Study at the University of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi in Oxford is the flagship university of the state and offers undergraduate and graduate studies in music performance and education. There are many ensembles to participate in, including a full orchestra and the “Pride of the South” marching band. At the University, students can study a broad range of subjects from the award-winning accounting program to zoology research all while completing a rigorous music degree.



Most horn students receive scholarships though the band department - some, very large because of the need for our instrument. Certain students also have special scholarships through the music department. To audition for a band scholarship, call 662-915-7390 or apply online. To be considered for a special scholarship or an orchestra scholarship, email me at Graduate assistantships for horn students are available for orchestra, band, and education. Send an Application for Graduate Assistantship to Alan Spurgeon at

Studio Life

Applied lessons are once per week for an hour. Additionally, the horn studio meets for studio class each week to play for each other, talk though horn-related topics, have mock auditions, and play through symphonic and horn ensemble repertoire.

Scale juries are required as part of the midterm grade; see the syllabus for details.

Juries are held during finals week and are an opportunity to demonstrate the skills and repertoire that has been tackled throughout the semester.

Current syllabus here.

Performance Opportunities

  • Many large ensembles, including three bands, orchestra, two jazz bands, and percussion ensemble.

  • Studio recitals, degree recitals, and a yearly concerto competition.

  • Multiple area meetings each semester - a low-key opportunity to play for peers in the music department.

  • Undergraduate wind quintet.

  • Faculty/student brass ensemble for exceptional students.

  • Gigs and teaching opportunities in the greater area, including Memphis, Tennessee.