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Department News

Congratulations to the following student award winners:

Bobby Chandler Award: Erin Vidlak

Hesch Award: Mike Rafizadeh, Grace Chang

Roy Jesson Music Prize: Victoria Provost, Britta Loftus

Faculty Highlights

  • Fillerup Fellowship

    Dr. Jessie Fillerup has been awarded a fellowship from the University of Aarhus in Denmark for her research into the use of music in 19th-century European and North American theatrical magic shows.

  • Love Fellowship

    Joanna Love received the ‪American Association of University Women's American Postdoctoral Fellowship, supporting work on her book, Soda Goes Pop: Pepsi-Cola Advertising and Popular Music, 1939–2012. 

  • Kordzaia Concerts

    Alexander Kordzaia performed for the second time at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, conducting the American Youth Harp Ensemble and Virginia Choristers.

  • eighth blackbird awards

    Ensemble-in-residence eighth blackbird won their fourth Grammy, receiving the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance award for their album “Filament.” The group also received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions from the MacArthur Foundation.

  • Love Article

    Music professor Joanna Love's article, "Political Pop and Commercials that Flopped: Early Lessons from the 2016 Presidential Race," analyzes the use of pop music in the early stages of the 2016 campaign season.

  • Davison Writes about Jazz Diplomacy

    Dr. Mike Davison penned an op-ed on jazz diplomacy with Cuba for Fox News.

  • Fairtile Award

    Dr. Linda Fairtile received the The Richard S. Hill award from the Music Library Association, for her essay "Verdi at 200: Recent Scholarship on the Composer and His Works." 

  • Broening Fellowship

    Dr. Benjamin Broening is the recipient of a 2014 Howard Foundation Fellowship.

  • Guest Harpsichordist

    Dr. Joanne Kong served as guest harpsichordist at the 2014 Winter Park Bach Festival performing in J. S. Bach's St. John Passion, Haydn's The Creation, Baroque orchestral and choral works, and C. P. E. Bach's Harpsichord Concerto in D minor.

  • Love Conference Presentation

    Dr. Joanna Love was a featured panelist at the Experience Music Project Pop Conference, where she read her paper “Decades in Motion: Dancing and Driving My Toyota Corolla.”

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Music Feature Stories

Illustrations by Mary Chang, '18, photo by Gordon Schmidt
Rockin in the Free WorldRecent political candidates and their allies have increasingly turned to contemporary pop music on the campaign trail, a trend that’s caught the ear and interest of UR musicologist and assistant professor Joanna Love. Read More
Tiny Desk, Big Deal

Fresh off winning a fourth Grammy in February, eighth blackbird, UR’s ensemble-in-residence, received a MacArthur grant. In early May, they stopped by NPR for a Tiny Desk Concert.

Hear Them Play
Music Students OverseasHow did you spend your summer vacation? Music students Dagny Barone, Catherine Edwards, Daniel Yoo, and Hannah Sullivan participated in the European Chamber Music Institute in England. Following an intense week of preparation in Richmond, they performed at Oxford University, Farnham Arts Center, and Southwark Cathedral in London.
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Contact Us

Mailing address:
Music Department
Booker Hall of Music
38 Keller Road
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8277
Fax: (804) 287-6814

Chair: Jeffrey Riehl
Administrative Coordinator: Linda Smalley