Distinguished Major Program

Brianna Meese DMP recital2019-20 Distinguished Major Application due February 15, 2019

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.

The Distinguished Major Program allows outstanding music majors to work on large-scale projects during their last two semesters at the University. The project may consist of a thesis, a composition, or the performance of a full recital; a project that combines these components is also possible.

Majors normally apply to the program during their sixth semester. After a preliminary discussion with the DUP, a student arranges supervision by a main advisor and one other committee member, and submits a proposal to the DUP and Department Chair. Each spring, the DUP announces detailed application procedures and a deadline.

Work on the Distinguished Major project normally takes place through three credits of independent work in the last two semesters at the University. These credits do not count toward music major requirements. A student working on a thesis or composition normally takes MUSI 4993, at three credits each. A student preparing a recital normally takes honors-level private performance lessons, MUPF 4930, at two credits each, as well as an academic independent study pertinent to the recital program, MUSI 4993, at one or more credits each.

Projects are due by the last day of classes in the second semester of work; a student's committee may set an earlier date of completion. The committee evaluates the completed project and submits a report to the full-time faculty. Students completing projects may receive the B.A. with Distinction, High Distinction, or Highest Distinction in Music, provided the cumulative GPA at graduation is 3.4 or above (a CLAS rule).

Any level of distinction is an unusual honor, showing strong Department admiration for a student's work. The Department awards Highest Distinction only rarely. A completed project that is less than excellent will receive no distinction. 

Application Details/Procedure:

If you are planning an academic project or composition: fill out the form, naming two members of the academic faculty who have agreed to work with you,  and add a description of your project (approximately 1-2 pages, 300-500 words).

If you are planning a recital, fill out the form, adding a letter from the student describing the recital project. This letter should identify the repertory to be performed and should explain the importance of the recital in the student’s educational program at the University. For DMPs, the student submits the name of a full-time faculty member who is willing and able to advise them in researching and writing their program notes during the DMP year. The letter should also indicate the student’s preference for performing in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium or another space (e.g., Brooks Commons). In addition, you must arrange for a letter of support from the private instructor evaluating the student’s propose to be sent to the Director of Undergraduate Programs (Michelle Kisliuk). This letter should indicate how long the instructor has worked with the student, what level the student has achieved, what contribution the recital will make to the student’s musical training, and the likelihood that the recital will be successful. The letter should also rank the student in comparison to other students in the instructor’s past and current experience. The student’s private instructor will also be the main advisor for the DMP recital.

All applications should be delivered to Michelle Kisliuk (mk6k@virginia.edu) in the Music Department Office.




McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu