Music Department News
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
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.
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
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
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
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
By Caroline Newman
Jon Bellona, 4th year Ph.D. student presents a sound art and intermedia art installation Recurrent Constructions
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
The McIntire Department of Music explores how musical art, performance, scholarship and technology entwine across time and culture.
Bonnie Gordon has been appointed as a Robert Lehman Visiting Professor in residence at Villa I Tatti
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Meet percussionist/electronic performer Fernando Rocha, Visiting Scholar at the McIntire Department of Music
“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.
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.
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
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.
The Music Department is reinstating its annual newsletter, featuring updates from our students, faculty, and alumni!
View the newsletter here.
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.
Gertrude Weber, a forceful advocate for the arts and the environment, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2015 at her home.
Music Director Kate Tamarkin discusses how disease and dementia can be healed by music.
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
Viola Lecturer Ayn Balija co-hosts the first annual Violapalooza at JMU!
Composition faculty Ted Coffey collaborates with choreographer Bill T. Jones at the Kennedy Center.
The Charlottesville Symphony holds a surprise "Conduct Us" concert for their 40th Anniversary!
Percussion Faculty Robert Jospé is releasing a new CD, "Express."
The UVA Klezmer Ensemble released a new album, "Let's Dance."
Professor emeritus Walter Ross releases a new album, "Triumvirate."
Judith Shatin's Time to Burn featured on Fanfare.
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
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).
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
UVA professor Ted Coffey will work with a group of undergraduates to create a children’s music recording during the upcoming year.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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