In Memory of Mark Wilcox
It is with great sadness that the Department of Music mourns the passing of Dr. Mark Wilcox. He was a beloved member of the McMurry and Abilene communities, and his presence will be greatly missed.
Dr. Wilcox joined the music faculty at McMurry University in 2005. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a DMA from the University of Oklahoma.
He performed with many notable artists, groups and orchestras. He was also a founding member of MCMJ, a local jazz quartet that hosted monthly jam sessions. In addition, Dr. Wilcox performed with the West Texas Jazz Orchestra and the West Texas Trumpet Works.
He was an accomplished trumpet player, teacher and mentor to many. Our prayers go out to his family.
The Department of Music 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.
Ensembles have performed successfully at competitions and festivals on state, national and international stages and more than 90 percent of our graduates find jobs in the music field or attend graduate school. Our experienced faculty is dedicated to the success of our students in the teaching or performance areas. Students have ample opportunities to perfect their craft with freedom to explore their artistic side. Scholarships are available to music majors, minors and non-majors.
Bachelor of Arts - Vocal, Instrumental or Keyboard concentration
Bachelor of Music Education - All-level Certification
Minor in Music -Vocal, Instrumental or Keyboard concentration
The Minor in Music can be combined with many of McMurry's other majors and degree programs. In addition, post-baccalaureate students can earn teacher certification through course work offered by the Music Department.
Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and Texas Music Educators Conference (TMEC) Collegiate Student Chapter. These organizations are directly associated with MENC (Music Educators National Conference). The organization offers music students opportunities to enhance their
understanding of all aspects of music education—general, choral and instrumental.
The Music Department provides a number of performance opportunities for all students attending McMurry University. As a general rule, membership in any performing ensemble is gained through audition with the particular instructor directing the ensemble.
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
Chanters is the primary touring choir of the music department. They are selected by competitive audition, and the ensemble performs a wide variety of music.
McMurry Sounds is a small select, auditioned ensemble that performs repertoire which ranges from madrigals to vocal jazz.
McMurry boasts two such choirs: one designed for all trumpet students, and a select choir for competition. The trumpet choir performs regularly on campus and at area high schools.
Performing a wide range of literature and styles, in small chamber groups to large percussion orchestras, this ensemble provides opportunities for students to learn advanced chamber performance skills, percussion ensemble repertoire, extended techniques.
While at McMurry all of our music students have a strong curriculum to prepare them for a wide variety of experiences including graduate studies and professional careers.