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Department News

We are pleased to recognize our departmental award winners:

Chandler Award: Jacob Litt, Duncan Trawick
Hesch Award: Elise Favia, Emily Bradford
Jesson Prize: Solomon Quinn, Catherine Edwards

We also send our heartiest congratulations to Solomon Quinn, who received the A&S David Evans Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship and Creative Arts.

We are happy to welcome Danis Sugiyanto, 2018 Visiting Fulbright Scholar, who comes to us from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Solo, Java. Born to a renowned family of musicians, Mr. Sugiyanto has been an active performer of traditional gamelan, kroncong and experimental music since his early teens. He graduated in 1995 with a BA from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Solo, earning his MA there in 2003 and immediately joined the permanent faculty. He has performed extensively in Asia, Australia, America and Europe. He was a featured musician in Robert Wilson’s I La Galigo and has performed extensively with artists including I Wayan Sadra, Slamet Gundana, Dedek Wahyudi, Dedy Luthan, Enthus Susmana, Hajar Satoto, Yayat Suheryatna, Suprapto Suryodarmo, Bambang ‘Mbesur’ Suryono, Purwa Lelana, Wasi Bantolo, Sri Wardoyo, Anjarany, Ong Keng Sen, and Michi Tomioka.

Watch music students Zack Cain and Emily Bradford accompany Indonesian shadow master Gusti Sudarta in a performance at the Kennedy Center.

Faculty Highlights

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

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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.
Taking noteCelebrating the legacy of music professor Jim Erb. Read more
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.

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Contact Us

Mailing address:
Music Department
Sarah Brunet Hall
University of Richmond, VA 23173

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

Chair: Jeffrey Riehl
Administrative Coordinator: Linda Smalley