Performing Arts

Students perform during the Commencement ceremony

Bold. Confident and courageous; fearless of the next big thing

At Methodist University’s Department of Performing Arts, we want to empower you to be bold.

Our mission is to prepare the next generation of musicians by challenging minds and developing artistry through comprehensive degree programs from music education and performance to composition and fine arts management. We fervently believe that no musical education would be complete without a multitude of performing opportunities – between our many ensembles and significant solo opportunities (on campus, in the community, around the country, and even abroad), our students DO while they learn!  Join us and be bold!

Please Note: Audition Prep Day, scheduled for Jan. 4, 2022, is canceled due to the current pandemic situation.

Listen to Dr. Keith Dippre’s Composition “California Low Brow” on Spotify!

Listen to Dr. Keith Dippre's "California Low Brow" on Spotify

Due to current restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) threat, masks are required of all attendees.  We are excited to return to live performances and look forward to having you in the audience!

Contact the Department of Performing Arts

Dr. Susan Durham-Lozaw

Susan Durham-Lozaw, DMA

Chair, Performing Arts; Professor of Music; Coordinator, Voice
Dr. Susan Durham-Lozaw
Susan Durham-Lozaw, DMA

Chair, Performing Arts; Professor of Music; Coordinator, Voice

B.M., East Carolina University; M.M., Meredith College; D.M.A., Boston University


Dr. Susan Durham-Lozaw, Professor of Music, joined the Monarchs in 2015 as Coordinator of the Voice Program.  She also serves as Chair in the Department of Performing Arts.  She holds a B.M. in Vocal Pedagogy from East Carolina University, an M.M. in Vocal Pedagogy and Voice Performance from Meredith College, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from Boston University. Additionally, Susan has earned certifications in all three levels of Somatic Voiceworks™-The LoVetri Method at the Contemporary Commercial Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University. She completed post-graduate training in the Evaluation and Treatment of the Injured Voice with renowned Singing Voice Specialist and Voice Pathologist, Dr. Wendy LeBorgne at the Institute as well. Susan has served as a performing participant at the Richard Miller Institute of Vocal Pedagogy at Belmont University, Joan Melton’s One Voice course in New York City, the Professional Vocal Pedagogy Workshop at the Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music, and in countless masterclasses throughout her career.

As a singer with both national and international performances to her credit, Susan specializes in music theater, but sings opera, oratorio, and concert literature with equal ease. She studies with Jeannette LoVetri and Liz Caplan, both of New York, N.Y. Among her many accolades, Susan is especially honored to have received the title of Best Female Vocalist in the category of music theater from Talent America in New York City and a Cantey V. Sutton Performing Arts Award for her performance in H.M.S. Pinafore in Raleigh, N.C. Locally, Susan has performed with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, the Fayetteville Symphonic Band, and the Cumberland Oratorio Singers.

Susan is a member of NATS, NAfME, The College Music Society, and The Voice Foundation.