David L. Walters Department of Music

Student playing trumpet

A Proud Tradition in Sound Education

Welcome to the David L. Walters Department of Music at Jacksonville State University. The students, faculty and staff send you warm greetings and hope that you find the information on these pages interesting and informative.

The School of Music has more than 200 undergraduate and graduate music majors and undergraduate music minors, and 38 faculty members who are world-class teachers, scholars, conductors, composers, and performers.

The David L. Walters Department of Music provides opportunities for all university students to develop the musical skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to become artistic professionals and music educators.

Jacksonville State University is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Important Links:

The Marching Southerners
Jacksonville Opera Theatre
JSU Jazz Studies
Jacksonville State University Music Academy


Music Department News:

Dr. Andy Nevala

JSU Arts & Humanities Blog
Featured Faculty

Dr. Andy Nevala, Director of Jazz Studies

Dr. Jeremy Benson

Through Trills and Thrills, Dr. Benson Finds Adventure in Life

Dr. Jeremy Benson, Flute, Director of the JSU Orchestra

Gage Grimsley

Student Spotlight: Gage Grimsley

Singer Spotlight: Kelsey Trussell

Jacksonville State University Choirs

Singer Spotlight: Meet Kelsey Trussell, a senior vocal/choral music education major. Raised in Albertville, Alabama, Kelsey enjoys being on the stage and has done productions with Jacksonville Opera Theater, Jacksonville Drama, and CharACTers Entertainment. She also loves painting and crafting. Her favorite foods are New York Style Cheesecake, since she has such a sweet tooth, and breakfast foods. She plans to go to graduate school and study either voice performance or early childhood education, and later become an elementary music teacher or have her own studio.