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From Fundamentals of Music to Global Rhythms you'll find a wide array of courses to choose from for the upcoming fall semester. 

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Mission Statement

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.

AudibleRVA: A Searchable Map of Richmond’s Music Scene

On-Going sound mapping project based at the University of Richmond. Discover music stores, schools, and record stores in the Richmond Region.

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Join one of our ensembles

There’s something for every interest and experience level. Nearly 200 students enroll each semester in faculty-led ensembles, all of which are open to all student musicians, regardless of major.

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UR alum creates a rapid coronavirus test

Dave Raiser, ’06, who studied biology and music at UR, and his team at Aldatu Biosciences developed a test for detecting the virus. A hospital with no capacity for testing was quickly able to check 200 initial samples and now has the ability to test 800 a week.

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Faculty Highlights

  • Love and Fillerup Co-Editors

    Joanna Love, associate professor of music, and Jessie Fillerup, associate professor of musicology, co-edited Sonic Identity at the Margins, featuring chapters from UR colleagues, Bertram Ashe, professor of English and Africana studies advisory board member, and Andy McGraw, associate professor of music and chair of the Department of Music. 

  • McGraw Published

    Andy McGraw, associate professor of music and chair of the Department of Music, published "Mapping Sonic and Affective Geographies in Richmond Virginia" in Sonic Identity at the Margins, co-edited by colleagues Joanna Love, associate professor of music, and Jessie Fillerup, associate professor of musicology.

  • Fillerup and Love Co-Editors

    Jessie Fillerup, associate professor of musicology, and Joanna Love, associate professor of music, and co-edited Sonic Identity at the Margins, featuring chapters from UR colleagues, Bertram Ashe, professor of English and Africana studies advisory board member, and Andy McGraw, associate professor of music and chair of the Department of Music. 

  • Love Published

    Joanna Love, associate professor of music, published the article, "Let’s Get Loud”: Sounding Subversive Bodies at the Super Bowl," in the Journal of Popular Music Studies.

  • Fairtile Named Editor

    Linda Fairtile, head librarian of the Parsons Music Library and adjunct lecturer of music, was named to the editorial board of The Works of Giuseppe Verdi, the critical edition of that composer’s works. 

  • Kong Edited Book

    Joanne Kong, director of accompaniment and coordinator of chamber ensembles in the Department of Music, compiled and edited the book, Vegan Voices: Essays by Inspiring Changemakers.

  • Love Receives NEH Grant

    Joanna Love and Andrew McGraw, music professors, were awarded an NEH Grant for their project on music-making in the digital age.

  • McGraw Receives NEH Grant

    Andrew McGraw and Joanna Love, music professors, were awarded an NEH Grant for their project on music-making in the digital age.

  • Fillerup Published

    Jessie Fillerup, associate professor of musicology, published Magician of Sound: Ravel and the Aesthetics of Illusion through the University of California Press.

  • Kong Gives "Last Lecture"

    Joanne Kong, director of accompaniment, coordinator of chamber ensembles, gave this year's Last Lecture, hosted yearly by the Omicron Delta Kappa's Epsilon Circle. You can view the recording of “Covid-19: A Point of Awakening for Humanity” here.

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.

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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: Dr. Andrew McGraw
Administrative Coordinator: Linda Smalley