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.

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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.

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. Joanna K. Love
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. 

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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