Lamar State College-Port Arthur will hold auditions June 17-19, for its new two-year associate of applied science degree in Commercial Music – Studio Musician Performance.
This new degree track compliments our Commercial Music associate degree in Sound Engineering Technology, which was awarded to graduates for the first time this spring,” said Michael Judy, director of Music Programs at Lamar State. “We have a limited number of places available in the first class, so we’re holding auditions to screen candidates for the program.”
Lamar State is one of the few colleges in the nation offering multiple commercial music degrees. The college already offers three music-related associate degrees – Music, Teaching Music and Sound Engineering Technology – plus a one-year technical certificate in Sound Engineering Technology.
This past fall, Lamar State hired Jeff Sturms, country superstar George Strait’s long-time arranger, in preparation for starting the performance degree program.
Students in the Studio Musician Performance degree track will learn to be versatile professional musicians with the ability to play a wide variety of musical styles, Judy said. Students can specialize in guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums or lead vocals.
“Our goal is to prepare musicians for recording studio work, which requires the highest standard of musicianship and understanding of musical grooves,” Judy said. “A good session musician must be able to play for any kind of recording group, whether it is country, pop, rock, jazz, R&B…you name it.”
Judy said the program emphasizes private study and ensemble participation, in addition to courses in music theory, songwriting, music business, midi interface and acoustics.
For information, call Michael Judy at 984-6520, or Jeff Sturms at 984-6343.
Specific information about the auditioning process is available on the Music Department’s website (
To schedule an audition, call Patti Oltrmari at 984-6301.