The School for Music Vocations

The SMV (School for Music Vocations), in Creston, Iowa, is based out of Southwestern Community College.  It is the only 2-year vocational music program in the United States, earning students an Associate's Degree in Professional Music.

PERFORMANCE

The highest artistic standards are fundamental to performance success. Students are expected to demonstrate

their commitment to these standards through individual and ensemble performances. The SMV’s goal is to

enable each student to reach a high level of competence in professional performance situations:

Student Recitals - Bi-weekly evening recitals enable students to demonstrate their abilities and progress

in their major applied instrument/voice as well as piano. Students perform in each discipline once per semester.


Final Projects - At the end of each semester, students prepare and perform their final projects. This is an opportunity for students to demonstrate the broad range of musical skills which they are developing.


Regional/National Concert Tours - Most major ensembles tour extensively each year.


Local and Regional "Run-Out" Performances - All ensembles perform in local and regional concerts. One-day

performance trips to area schools are scheduled throughout the school year. Students and ensembles gain

valuable professional experience performing at area restaurants, as well as for community organizations

and activities.

 

Ensemble Tours and run-outs 2017-18

October 27, 2017 – SMV Regional Run-Out (with multiple ensembles from the School for Music Vocations)

November 14, 2017 – SMV Chamber Choir Regional Run-Out

November 27-December 1 – SMV Chamber Choir Regional Tour  

December 13-15, 2017 – SMV Student Final Project Recitals on campus
(These recitals are open to visitors, and typically a good time for prospective students to schedule a visit to the School for Music Vocations)

January 4-7, 2018 – Dr. Jeremy Fox presents at the Jazz Education Network International Conference in Dallas, TX

February 2, 2018 – SMV Regional Run-Out (with multiple ensembles from the School for Music Vocations)

March 1, 2018 – SMV Regional Run-Out (with multiple ensembles from the School for Music Vocations)

March 12 – 23, 2018 – Harmonic Convergence and Audio Radiance tour Northern California and the Midwest.

April 13, 2018 – SMV Regional Run-Out (with multiple ensembles from the School for Music Vocations)

April 16-20, 2018 – Instrumental Combo, The Muses, and Indigo Mood Tour Midwest

May 9-11, 2018 – SMV Student Final Project Recitals on campus
(Again, these recitals are open to visitors, and typically a good time for prospective students to schedule a visit to the School for Music Vocations)