Make Music at Millsaps.

Millsaps College offers rigorous musical training programs within a broad liberal arts experience. We provide instruction to students of all ability levels through private lessons, ensemble performance, diverse course topics, and professional development opportunities. Our faculty encourage student musicians to learn not only how to master their craft, but also continually ask the question “Why?,” coupling practical knowledge and skill with curiosity and critical investigation. In keeping with the Millsaps vision and mission statements, the music faculty encourages students to participate in community engagement and outreach, and to explore ways to bring their work to the public.

  1. FINE ARTS SCHOLARS DAY: audition information and registration
  2. MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS: awards available to incoming and current students as well as audition requirements

The Performing Arts Department is closely aligned with the College’s award-winning study-abroad program and offers international study opportunities, to London, Prague and Vienna, and Taiwan. Millsaps’ location in the capital city, midway between the Mississippi Delta and the city of New Orleans, provides ample opportunities to connect with the roots of American music. Our international reach, combined with the strong ties to our local community, situate us at a cultural crossroads, where ideas and creative work intersect.


Cheryl W. Coker

Associate Professor of Music

Carol Durham

Adjunct Instructor, Organ

Alejandro Encinas

Adjunct Instructor, Violin and Viola; Ensemble in Residence

Gayle Entrekin

Adjunct Instructor, Flute

Taylis Fernandez

Adjunct Instructor, Cello; Ensemble in Residence

Ken Graves

Adjunct Instructor, Clarinet and Saxophone

Rachel Heard

Associate Professor and Chair of Music; Director, Millsaps Conservatory of Music

Wayne Linehan

Adjunct Instructor, Trumpet

Jason Mathena

Director, Jazz Ensemble; Adjunct Instructor, Percussion

Lynn Raley

Associate Professor of Music

Music Teacher

Cecelia Stearman

Adjunct Instructor, Voice

Jonathan Trotter

Director of Choral Activities and Instructor

Jimmy Turner

Adjunct Instructor, Guitar

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