Department of Music

Department of Music

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.

Major & MinorCourses

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Private Music Lessons 

Private lessons in voice, keyboard, band/orchestral instruments, sitar, guitar, electric and upright bass, and drum set are offered every semester for academic credit.

Leyla McCalla

Artist in Residence

University of Richmond Artist in Residence Leyla McCalla combines original compositions and traditional Haitian tunes with historical broadcasts and contemporary interviews and research. McCalla’s performances are captivating, fueled by rich, sophisticated melodic work and intoxicating Afro-Caribbean rhythms.

Taking Notes: Alum Hosts Students in an Opera Master Class

Opera singer and 2000 graduate Matt Worth originally auditioned for the music performance program at the University of Richmond with his trombone. But, on a whim after his horn performance, he also mentioned that he could sing. Last month, he returned to the Richmond campus to teach a master class to some vocal performance students. Read more.

Department of Music


As part of the Modlin Center for the Arts, the Department of Music offers its students access to high-quality spaces to learn, practice and perform.

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Faculty Highlights

Dr. Jennifer Cable
Cable Published

Jennifer Cable, professor of music, published "Mary Carlisle Howe (1882-1964) and Adella Prentiss Hughes (1869-1950): Creating an Arts Culture in America, One Woman at a Time," in Women's Work in Music.

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Dr. Jessie Fillerup
Fillerup Published

Jessie Fillerup, associate professor of music, published "Marimbo Chimes and the Wizard's Monster Band: Music in Theatrical Magic Shows," in the journal Music & Letters.

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Dr. Joanna K. Love
Love Awarded

Joanna Love, associate professor of music, was named a 2022 recipient of the University’s Distinguished Educator Award at the annual Colloquy celebration.

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Dr. Andy McGraw
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.

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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