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The Department of Music leads students to integrate creative and practical musical skills with critical thinking and intellectual inquiry, empowering them for a lifetime of learning. The curriculum provides an excellent foundation that prepares students to be adaptive leaders equipped to actively engage in their communities through the arts. The Department of Music welcomes students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and interests in music and provides pathways for performers, listeners, scholars, and creators of all kinds. The curriculum trains students in music performance, composition, industry, and research and cultivates the creative habits of mind that make our majors competitive in a wide range of careers.

Faculty Highlights

  • Love's Book Published

    Dr. Joanna Love's new book Soda Goes Pop: Pepsi-Cola Advertising and Popular Music was recently published by the University of Michigan Press.

  • Pianist & Vegan Advocate

    A pianist and harpsichordist, Joanne Kong’s performances have been praised by The Washington Post for “great finesse and flexibility.” Additionally, she is one of today’s most sought after and compelling veganism advocates. She is the author of If You’ve Ever Loved an Animal, Go Vegan and travels internationally promoting vegan lifestyles.

  • Fairtile Article

    Music librarian Linda Fairtile recently published "(Re)Constructing the Duomo: The Second-act Finales of Edgar" in the journal Studi pucciniani.

  • Bennett Award

    Music department accompanist and instructor Mary Beth Bennett has been awarded the 2018 American Guild of Organists/EC Schirmer Publishing Award in Choral Composition for her commissioned piece "Deep River."

  • UR Symphony Celebrates 10 Years UR Symphony Orchestra conductor Alexander Kordzaia and chamber ensemble director Joanne Kong stopped by WCVE to discuss their 10th anniversary concert.
  • O'Byrne Performance at Richmond Forum

    Voice instructor Anne O'Byrne performed the National Anthem at the Richmond Forum event featuring Barack Obama. 

  • 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.

  • Fillerup Article

    Dr. Jessie Fillerup published, "Lucia's Ghosts: Sonic, Gothic, and Postmodern," in the Fall 2016 issue of the Cambridge Opera Journal

  • Bennett Review

    Dr. Mary Beth Bennett's composition "Prelude and Toccatta on KINGSFOLD" was reviewed in the Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians.

  • 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. 

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Department Videos

MUS 217 Soundscape Installation: Pump House, Byrd Park

MUS 217 Soundscape Installation: Pump House, Byrd Park

Students in the Soundscapes course install wind and water operated chimes at the Byrd Park Pump House in Richmond.

MUS 217 Soundscape Installation: John B. Cary Elementary School

MUS 217 Soundscape Installation: John B. Cary Elementary School

Students in the Soundscapes course created a pendulum wave sound installation at John B. Cary Elementary School in Richmond.

Department of Music Courses

Department of Music Courses

Music courses at the University of Richmond (Fall 2017)

Department of Music Faculty Scholarship

Department of Music Faculty Scholarship

Fiesta de Nigretos by Lucho Bermudes

Fiesta de Nigretos by Lucho Bermudes

Fiesta de Nigretos by Lucho Bermudes was performed by the University of Richmond Symphony Orchestra, April 2014, under the direction of Alexander Kordzaia. Featuring students from Cartagena, Colombia.

Music Feature Stories

International Chamber Music InstituteHow did you spend your summer vacation? UR Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Tomi Jegede and orchestra conductor Alexander Kordzaia participated in the International Chamber Music Institute. Following an intense week of preparation in Richmond, which included sessions with UR's chamber music director Joanne Kong, they toured the UK with concert stops at Cardigan Castle in Wales and Southwark Cathedral in London.
Music Ensembles

Contact Us

Mailing address:
Music Department
Booker Hall
455 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173


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

Chair: Jeffrey Riehl
Administrative Coordinator: Linda Smalley