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Tuesday, 6 November, 2018 - 16:32

Many past and present members of our Critical and Comparative Studies Ph.D. program attended and participated in the 2018 joint meeting of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory. Fifth-year Ph.D. More

Thursday, 1 November, 2018 - 16:39

Written by Caroline Newman of UVAToday.

Photos by Sanjay Suchak and Dan Addison.

Vocalists, musicians, dancers and singers from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and beyond raised their voices together for a powerful performance over the weekend.

More than 150 More

Tuesday, 4 September, 2018 - 14:28

Written by UVA Arts

Photo:  Cat Thrasher


Ted Coffey has been a little busy lately. He was elected President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the nation’s leading organization for electronic More

Tuesday, 4 September, 2018 - 14:21

Written by John Kelly for UVA Arts  

(Photo: Noel Lobley)

In 2001, UVA Assistant Music Professor Noel Lobley traveled to sub-Saharan Africa for the first time, and fell in love. Then making his living largely as a DJ and More

Judith Shatin by Dan Addison
Monday, 4 June, 2018 - 16:13

Written by Caroline Newman for UVA Today

Pioneer in UVA's Computer Music Program Reflects on 39-Year Career by Caroline Newman

Professor and composer Judith Shatin has found a succinct way to sum up the trajectory of her More

Friday, 27 April, 2018 - 12:46

Written by Jennifer Hambrick / WOSU Radio

Composer and sound artist More

Tuesday, 24 April, 2018 - 14:41


At the 2018 conference of the Society for American Music in Kansas City, Missouri, 4th-year doctoral candidate Aldona Dye, was awarded the Judith McCulloh Fellowship. The fellowship honors folklorist, editor, and folk arts advocate Judith McCulloh, and awards funding to support research More

Monday, 23 April, 2018 - 17:00

Written by Ellie Bowen/Cavalier Daily: 

After the harrowing events of Aug. 11, the University community responded in variety of ways ranging from bake sales to community gatherings. Of these various events, one of the most inspiring and creative took place Sunday, April 15 with the More

Photo by Amy Jackson
Wednesday, 18 April, 2018 - 13:33

Written by Mary Shea Valliant/C-ville Weekly:

In the months before graduation, many students in UVA’s fourth-year class embrace “senior spring” by soaking up sun on the Lawn, checking items off the list of “118 things to do before you graduate” or hanging out with friends instead of More

Tuesday, 27 March, 2018 - 15:40

A report from faculty member Noel Lobely:

On the evening of March 15th, Music Matters hosted 'Invisible Jukebox' at Snowing in Space. Inspired by The Wire's column also known as 'Invisible Jukebox', this collaborative, curated experience of musical unknowns offered a unique opportunity to More

Monday, 26 March, 2018 - 12:01

The fourth annual UVA BrassFest was a glorious and inspirational two day event featuring the ten piece brass ensemble New Chicago Brass. Events began on Friday night, March 16 with an informative and educational New Chicago Brass open dress rehearsal, open to the students and the Charlottesville More

Friday, 23 March, 2018 - 14:06

Assistant Professor of Hip Hop A.D. Carson from the McIntire School of Music at the University of Virginia will be the keynote speaker for the annual Black and Latinx Summit on Saturday, April 7.

Thursday, 22 March, 2018 - 12:13

Seven students from Pamela Beasley's Voice Studio competed at the Mid-Atlantic Regional NATS event in Lynchburg Va on March 17th & 18th. They compteted in a total of 11 More

Friday, 16 March, 2018 - 14:46

“The Ceiling Floats Away” album release performance and forum on emergent democracies and creativity will take place on March 29 at The Haven,  More

Thursday, 15 March, 2018 - 12:01


The Gassmann Fund for Innovation in Music
from UVA Arts Magazine

On April 29, the UVA Jazz Ensemble took on its greatest More

Thursday, 15 March, 2018 - 11:57

He is one of the most heralded arrivals on Grounds this fall, the new Assistant Professor of Hip Hop and the Global South. He arrived at UVA as a pioneer in many ways. He is the first “Hip Hop Professor” in the school’s history. He is one of a relatively small group of scholars focusing on this More

Thursday, 15 March, 2018 - 11:54

From UVA Arts Magazine

Following an international search that spanned two concert seasons, Benjamin More

Thursday, 15 March, 2018 - 11:50

A Few Incredible 4th Years


Thursday, 15 March, 2018 - 11:40

The University Singers and the Charlottesville Symphony debuted a specially commissioned piece, We Hold These Truths, with soloists  More

Sunday, 4 March, 2018 - 00:00

At the 2018 conference of the Society for American Music in Kansas City, Missouri, 4th-year doctoral candidate Aldona Dye was awarded the Judith McCulloh Fellowship. The fellowship honors folklorist, editor, and folk arts advocate Judith McCulloh, and awards funding to support research of folk- More

Wednesday, 21 February, 2018 - 12:16


Written by Jordyn Dollarhide

From the State Hornet

A.D. Carson took the stage in the University More

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018 - 12:31

Love in the Charlottesville Symphony, by Janet Kalenbach

Little did Katy Ambrose know just how much her life would be transformed upon arriving in Charlottesville in 2015 to become the orchestra's new Principal Horn!


Monday, 5 February, 2018 - 16:41

February 5th, 2018

This past weekend at James Madison University, 589 singers competed in the Virginia National Association of Teachers of Singing state level competition. A large contingent of students from Pamela Beasley's studio competed, several in both Classical and Musical Theater More

Photo by: Dan Addison
Thursday, 1 February, 2018 - 15:23

From the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to Arts & Sciences faculty from the Departments of Environmental Sciences and Music who are collaborating with colleagues in More

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 - 21:13


What was the last thing you made? Be honest with yourself. Perhaps you made dinner last night, but think hard about the last time you spent an afternoon knitting, strumming a guitar or doodling in a sketchbook. Maybe instead you’ve More

Monday, 29 January, 2018 - 12:47

From Syracuse University News

The University observes Black History Month with a visit by A.D. Carson, a hip-hop scholar who created a popular rap album to defend his Ph.D. dissertation at More

Friday, 22 December, 2017 - 15:05

From Atlantic article by Robinson Meyer.

Many classical musicians turn to climate science—and More

Friday, 22 December, 2017 - 14:30

Even if you’re aware that glaciers are melting and sea levels are climbing, these facts can be difficult to connect with on an emotional level. A sound artist at the University of Virginia is hoping to change that by turning scientific data into music, and, well, the result is pretty damn cool More

Thursday, 7 December, 2017 - 17:14

An independently-run podcast, The Scholar Report seeks to make the expertise of scholars at the University of Virginia consumable in delicious, bite-sized episodes. More

Thursday, 7 December, 2017 - 16:33

Parma Recordings released the single, “Geometry,” from Matthew Burtner and Rita Dove's upcoming album, “The Ceiling Floats Away.” Performed by EcoSono Ensemble, “The Ceiling Floats Away” was commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts and received an award in More

Tuesday, 5 December, 2017 - 16:56

Carson Dissertation Listed as One of the "10 Best Political Albums of 2017"


1. A.D. Carson  More

Monday, 20 November, 2017 - 15:47

The following music courses will be instructed by new faculty for the 2017-18 year.

Leah Reid -- MUSI 3390: Introduction to Music and Computers (TuTh More

Thursday, 16 November, 2017 - 16:49

Many members of our Critical and Comparative Studies PhD program attended and participated in the 2017 meeting of the American Musicological Society. Sixth-year PhD candidate Craig Comen delivered a paper that located the origin of the analysis of Western classical music not in Austro-German More

Tuesday, 24 October, 2017 - 12:41
Friday, 20 October, 2017 - 15:03

Matthew Burtner was recently featured on the podcast "Cultures of Energy" out of Houston. Read the description below and click here to listen.

"We talk to composer, musician and sonic activist Matthew Burtner ( More

Friday, 13 October, 2017 - 14:20

"The Atlantic Coast Conference is putting on a show this weekend - and not just on the football field. Students and faculty members from the University of Virginia and 14 other ACC schools are headed to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. for the inaugural More

Friday, 29 September, 2017 - 13:22

The Bicentennial Launch Celebration gala, scheduled to begin at 7 pm Friday 10/6 on the Lawn, will feature appearances from Broadway performer Leslie Odom Jr., known for his Tony Award-winning performance as Aaron Burr in “Hamilton,” Grammy-nominated R&B singer Andra Day and More

Thursday, 28 September, 2017 - 15:27

"This UVA Hip-Hop Professor Started Two Weeks After The Charlottesville Tragedy"  Hip-Hop Professor A.D. Carson was recently interviewed for  More

Friday, 15 September, 2017 - 14:28

Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian Institution present the first ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival on October 13-15, 2017, at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The festival is a celebration of More

Friday, 15 September, 2017 - 13:18

McIntire Department of Music faculty, Bonnie Gordon, has published a story on Musicology Now recounting the tragic events that occurred in Charlottesville on August 11th and 12th. Musicology Now is the blog website of the American Musicological Society, which published Gordon's More

Friday, 8 September, 2017 - 10:13

"Just a few weeks into his new role as a music professor at the University of Virginia, hip-hop artist A.D. Carson has produced a new album". Caroline Newman discusses Carson's newest album entitled "Sleepwalking, Vol. 1" in a recent UVAToday article. More

Tuesday, 5 September, 2017 - 10:18

The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia announces its 2017-18 concert schedule, marking Benjamin Rous’s inaugural season as Music Director.  Rous, formerly Resident Conductor at the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, was one of three finalists in the search for Kate Tamarkin’s More

Tuesday, 25 April, 2017 - 15:59

After reviewing a school-wide call for proposals, the Arts Fellows Program has selected its second cohort of Arts & Sciences faculty to pursue creative and scholarly work while developing arts courses that expand interdisciplinary initiatives in the arts.

Friday, 14 April, 2017 - 13:05

This past January, a plaque was placed in Old Cabell Hall to commemorate Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his 1963 visit to the University. His visage looked on as the University More

Tuesday, 4 April, 2017 - 15:26

Old Cabell Hall will be closed during summer 2017 for electrical and plumbing upgrades.  

  • Practice Rooms and Instrument Lockers will not be available over the summer. More
Friday, 3 March, 2017 - 14:09

Many of the aspiring actors and singers in the University of Virginia’s departments of Drama and Music can trace the roots of their passion for musical theater back to the cast recordings of “Les Misérables” and “Miss Saigon” that they memorized growing up. Many of them maintain vivid memories More

Friday, 3 March, 2017 - 14:05

​Seven voice students under the studio of Pamela Beasley sang in a total of 13 categories this weekend at the National Association of Teachers of Singing State Competition at VCU. They included: Zoe Gray, Madison Karten, Marcha Kiatrungrit, Joe Cooney, Josie Miller, More

Friday, 3 March, 2017 - 13:54

A century after the first jazz album was recorded in 1917, jazz is flourishing at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville.

Wednesday, 1 March, 2017 - 16:49

Noel Lobley working on collaborative project with historical recordings of African musicians attempting to reverse the legacy of the colonial archive.


Friday, 3 February, 2017 - 15:10

Matthew Burtner was published in Climate Change and the Production of Knowledge by Ian Baucom (Editor),  More

Friday, 27 January, 2017 - 14:21

The threshold of classical music is changing.

What now ranks as that exalted music, built for the court and then enshrined in academia, isn’t so much struggling to survive; institutional support is legion. But assimilating contemporary performance practices and a renewed sense of More

Friday, 20 January, 2017 - 14:13

Since musician and composer Peter Bussigel joined the University of Virginia faculty in 2015 as a Jefferson Teaching Resident in Interdisciplinary Arts, he’s been opening student’s ears to the potential of experimental electronic music.

Monday, 21 November, 2016 - 16:15

Students, faculty, and alumni of UVA’s McIntire Department of Music met and shared their work at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology.  The conference, held in Washington, D.C. from November 10-13, featured current and former PhD students, in addition to a number of More

Amy Coddington
Thursday, 17 November, 2016 - 10:40

Past and present members of our Critical and Comparative Studies PhD program converged in early November 2016 upon Vancouver, British Columbia, in order to attend the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society. Two current PhD students presented papers. Sixth-year Amy Coddington showed More

Instrument Petting Zoo - photo by Andrew Shurtleff / Daily Progress
Monday, 14 November, 2016 - 12:32

UVA Music @ the Virginia Film Festival
The Virginia Film Festival at the University of Virginia is a four day festival of films that engages the local community through screenings, interactive workshops, filmmaking competitions, and more.  For over 25 years, The Festival has brought in a More

Thursday, 10 November, 2016 - 13:50

The UVA McIntire Department of Music has new courses for the Spring 2017 semester! Find information about them here…

Women and Music

This course examines women’s perspectives about music, and dominant perceptions of women’s participation in music. We will take a global approach More

Wednesday, 2 November, 2016 - 12:16
Friday, 23 September, 2016 - 12:41

By Caroline Newman

Tuesday, 20 September, 2016 - 15:26

Jon Bellona, 4th year Ph.D. student in the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia presents a sound art and intermedia art installation. The exhibition, Recurrent Constructions, by Harmonic Laboratory, an Art Collective of artists, thinkers, educators and innovators.  Harmonic More

Monday, 8 August, 2016 - 23:47

The McIntire Department of Music explores how musical art, performance, scholarship and technology entwine across time and culture.

Villa I Tatti
Thursday, 28 April, 2016 - 14:03

Bonnie Gordon, associate professor of music in the Critical and Comparative Studies program, has been appointed as a Robert Lehman Visiting Professor in residence at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence from January to June 2017.  Her project More

Tuesday, 19 April, 2016 - 15:49

On Thursday, traditional Jewish music met contemporary Yiddish rock during a performance by the University of Virginia’s Klezmer Ensemble, celebrating 10 years under the direction of Joel Rubin.

Monday, 18 April, 2016 - 15:24

Looking out at the crowd gathered in an ancient cathedral in the center of Prague, Will Dickinson noticed the elderly woman in a bright blue raincoat, smiling and bouncing along as Dickinson and his fellow University Singers performed a Czech folk song.

Friday, 12 February, 2016 - 15:28

A new program to support the College of Arts and Science faculty's creative and scholarly projects in the arts and to develop new forms of experiential learning has selected its first class of Arts fellows. The inaugural class includes the the McIntire Department of Music's Luke Dahl, Assistant More

Thursday, 4 February, 2016 - 12:44

In many ways, John D’earth, a lecturer in the University of Virginia’s McIntire Department of Music, has been writing this opera his whole life. He wrote the first song in his mid-20s and lived out the story – which is partly autobiographical – even before that.

Monday, 7 December, 2015 - 15:13

Assistant Professor Nomi Dave (Music): Research project on the intersection of human rights and arts that will contribute to interdisciplinary approaches to human rights by exploring how music, performance and sound mediate understandings of rights discourse and practice.

Tuesday, 17 November, 2015 - 12:46

Graduate students, faculty, and alumni from our Critical and Comparative Studies program recently made an impressive showing at the 2015 meeting of the American Musicological Society on November 12-15 in Louisville, Kentucky. Although our PhD program is still quite young, it was a visible More

Tuesday, 3 November, 2015 - 13:19

Meet percussionist/electronic performer Fernando Rocha, Visiting Scholar at the McIntire Department of Music
by More

Wednesday, 14 October, 2015 - 15:40

“The connection between music and many people’s sense of their spiritual nature is one of the essential engines driving our mad (yet perfectly reasonable) devotion to music,” says Ted Coffey, associate professor in composition and computer technologies at UVA’s McIntire Department of Music.

Tuesday, 6 October, 2015 - 18:27

A music degree from the University of Virginia can take you to center stage, but it can also be an asset in the corporate world and even in the military.

Monday, 21 September, 2015 - 14:48

After several years of planning, 90 members of the UVa University Singers represented both the McIntire Department of Music and UVa on a two-week concert tour of Europe in May 2015, the group’s first international tour in several decades.  Armed with cell phone cameras, musical scores, tour More

Monday, 31 August, 2015 - 15:56

Matthew Burtner, incoming chair of U.Va.’s music department, records sounds on glaciers in his native Alaska and edits them to create original compositions.

Wednesday, 12 August, 2015 - 16:19

The Music Department is reinstating its annual newsletter, featuring updates from our students, faculty, and alumni!

View the newsletter here.

Monday, 29 June, 2015 - 16:34

A diverse group of U.Va. professors in the College's departments of Music, Media Studies, and American Studies are introducing an interdisciplinary focus to courses on the roots of popular music and the digital technology involved in composing it.

Friday, 20 March, 2015 - 17:08
Third-year Rachel Mink woke up on Thursday, February 19 knowing the day would be special. Instead of her usual class schedule, Rachel was going to sing for opera superstar Renée Fleming! Ms. Fleming paid an electrifying visit to the Music Department on the eve of her sold-out recital at More
Thursday, 19 March, 2015 - 17:14

Ryan Maguire, a Ph.D. student in composition and computer technologies in the University of Virginia’s  More

Wednesday, 14 January, 2015 - 12:58

Gertrude Weber, a forceful advocate for the arts and the environment, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2015 at her home.

Thursday, 20 November, 2014 - 08:47
Students and alumni of the Critical & Comparative Studies Ph.D. program represented UVA well at the American Musicological Society annual meeting in Milwaukee, WI this November. Current Ph.D. candidate Victor Szabo presented research from his dissertation in "Ambient Music in an Age of More
Thursday, 13 November, 2014 - 12:35
When the Miller Center wanted a new orchestral score for their award winning American Forum series they turned to composer, writer, pianist, and UVa faculty member Butch Taylor. The score will More
Thursday, 13 November, 2014 - 12:21

Music Director Kate Tamarkin discusses how disease and dementia can be healed by music.

Saturday, 8 November, 2014 - 15:55

Films come to life in part through music and sound effects. Movie soundtracks introduce characters, create moods and emphasize plot lines. Meet the instruments of a symphony orchestra one-on-one and try making sounds that remind you of your favorite movie in a hands-on Musical Instrument Petting More

Saturday, 18 October, 2014 - 17:48

Viola Lecturer Ayn Balija co-hosts the first annual Violapalooza at JMU!

Saturday, 18 October, 2014 - 17:42

Composition faculty Ted Coffey collaborates with choreographer Bill T. Jones at the Kennedy Center.

Saturday, 18 October, 2014 - 13:23

The Charlottesville Symphony holds a surprise "Conduct Us" concert for their 40th Anniversary!

Friday, 3 October, 2014 - 13:25

Percussion Faculty Robert Jospé is releasing a new CD, "Express." 

Thursday, 18 September, 2014 - 13:32

The UVA Klezmer Ensemble released a new album, "Let's Dance." 

Tuesday, 12 August, 2014 - 15:57

Professor emeritus Walter Ross releases a new album, "Triumvirate." 

Wednesday, 23 July, 2014 - 12:10

Judith Shatin's Time to Burn featured on Fanfare.

Friday, 13 June, 2014 - 12:30

The McIntire Department of Music is delighted to welcome five new faculty to its programs in Composition and Computer Technologies, Critical and Comparative Studies, and Performance.  Brief biographies follow; more information is available on the faculty pages of our website ( More

Wednesday, 22 January, 2014 - 11:37

The American Composers Forum in partnership with So Percussion, have announced the finalists in the 2014 American Composers Forum National Composition Contest: Michael Laurello (Yale School of Music), Todd Lerew (CalArts), and Kristina Warren (University of Virginia).

Tuesday, 17 December, 2013 - 11:46

Three newly awarded National Endowment for the Arts grants will help the University of Virginia build its momentum in advancing and supporting the creative arts.

NEA Art Works grants have been given to the  More

Sunday, 17 November, 2013 - 11:57

The young woman's voice was so quiet that Stephanie Nakasian had trouble hearing it. "I really want to sing," the woman told Nakasian in a whispery voice. "I love music."

Tuesday, 22 October, 2013 - 13:04

In western culture, the afterlife is often depicted as a place where angels rest on clouds and harps play soothing music. Here in Virginia, some people hear that music even before death. A program called Music by the Bedside is making for a peaceful passing.

Saturday, 14 September, 2013 - 13:13

Robots aren't taking over the planet yet, but they are doing jobs in more and more places: hospitals and offices, movie sets and battlefields. They're making a mark in the world of music, as well.

Wednesday, 28 August, 2013 - 13:18

The fall semester is underway at UVa. with all the basic classes. But, there's one unique class that is quite popular. It's called Technosonics.

Thursday, 25 April, 2013 - 16:06

Michael Puri will spend the next academic year working with a select group of humanities researchers at the National Humanities Center in Raleigh, N.C.

Thursday, 27 September, 2012 - 15:38

UVA professor Ted Coffey will work with a group of undergraduates to create a children’s music recording during the upcoming year.

Sunday, 1 April, 2012 - 15:57

A poster's life: brilliant but brief. For a few short weeks it is a focus of hope, trepidation, identity. "I'm in that group, you should come to our performance." "That looks amazing — let's go." Then it is gone, torn down to make way for the next one, preserved only in scrapbooks or the More

Thursday, 1 March, 2012 - 15:07

Kyle Gann's article on Judith Shatin appears in the March/April 2012 issue of Chamber Music magazine and is posted here by permission of Chamber Music America.

Tuesday, 6 September, 2011 - 16:11

Cavalier Marching Band director William Pease had meticulously checked every detail of the new Hunter Smith Band Building prior to its dedication ceremony Friday at the University of Virginia. But he was still surprised by a late addition to the state-of-the-art facility.

Wednesday, 15 June, 2011 - 17:23

Beyoncé. Lady Gaga. Weird Al Yankovic. Sound like a Saturday afternoon of entertainment? Try summer school. The University of Virginia students enrolled in Matt Jones' "Gender, Sexuality, and Race in Music Videos" class during the "Maymester" term revived the music video as a topic of academic More

Monday, 13 June, 2011 - 17:34

When Greg Howard was a third-year student at UVA, he decided he was ready for a new musical challenge. He’d played saxophone, clarinet, piano, organ—even volunteered to carry a sousaphone in his high school marching band in Northern Virginia. “They’d say, ‘We need somebody to play bells in this More

Monday, 13 June, 2011 - 17:30

In the rainforest of the Central African Republic, BaAka people sing a Gano, or folktale, about how the caterpillar became itself by angering Komba, the creator. The many singers spontaneously invent variations on the song’s theme, some of their voices coming together in parallel lines with More

Wednesday, 18 May, 2011 - 10:17

Do you love classical music? And do you enjoy reading good program notes, or attending good pre-concert lectures? If so, one of UVa’s Summer Music courses might be right for you, allowing you to deepen your understanding and enjoyment of music through a few weeks of pleasant study.


Monday, 2 May, 2011 - 10:11

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Saturday, 15 January, 2011 - 09:11

The University Singers, the University of Virginia’s premiere choral ensemble led by UVa faculty conductor Michael Slon, have recently returned to Charlottesville after their 10-day, 8-concert January 2011 concert tour of the Southeastern U.S.  Performing a More

Thursday, 23 September, 2010 - 17:53

Richard Will has been appointed Chair of the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia. Will joined the faculty in 2001 and has previously served the department in many administrative roles, including as Interim Chair in 2006-07. A scholar of 18th- and 19th-century classical More

Monday, 3 May, 2010 - 17:53

Scott DeVeaux teaches a class on jazz in the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences to hundreds of students each year. His new book, "Jazz," co-authored with jazz critic and former Village Voice contributor Gary Giddins, grew out of his need for a well-written, up-to-date More


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