OMEA Jazz Band Performance

Walter White and the TU Jazz Band at the OMEA 2012 Convention

Walter White and the TU Jazz Band at the OMEA 2012 Convention

I don’t like to toot my own horn, but jazz artist Walter White sure does! Walter is a TU alumni who has worked with the Big Band Jazz program on and off throughout his career. This January he visited for a second time to play the OMEA, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, convention. I’ve been in the jazz band here at TU for only one semester and getting to play with a renowned jazz artist such as Walter has been an experience I never even fathomed possible. The concert was nothing short of spectacular. A high school band and UCO’s Jazz band, which consists of student’s getting their master’s degree in jazz, played in the concert with us. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a room more electric than that concert hall was. I only played congas in one song and I felt like a superstar to say the least. Of all the musical experiences I’ve had in my life I think this one touched me the most, and I have decided to stay in jazz band here for as long as I possibly can. TU jazz for life!

Piano Scholarships

The University of Tulsa School of Music Announces

 The Patti Johnson Wilson Auditions and Awards for Piano Majors

 The Patti Johnson Wilson Pianist Award is

an award for an outstanding pianist with excellent academic credentials

and is worth as much as $80,000 over four years.

Scholar Awards are substantial financial awards towards tuition and

will be given to other select pianists.

The scholarships and awards are for students entering at the freshman level and/or who are transferring from two-year colleges who plan to major in Piano Performance.

Audition Dates:  January 19, January 26 & February 1-2

***Alternate audition times may be scheduled by contacting the School of Music Office at 918-631-2262 or emailing Dr. Roger Price at

*Smaller amounts may be awarded to advanced pianists who intend to major in other disciplines but desire to continue serious piano studies.

**DVD auditions are accepted on a per case basis

Arkansas Game

I went with the band for my first out of state college football game. It was a great experience. I’ve never been inside a stadium so big and the Arkansas fans were very dedicated to their team and their spirit was astounding. We did not let them outdo us though. Though we were not the full size band we played louder than their band, which outnumbered us at least 10 to 1. I’m so proud to be a Golden Hurricane! Despite the loss the game was great and I’ll remember it for a long time.