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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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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