Welcome from the Chair, Fall 2021

Karl Hagstrom MillerWe are so excited to all be back on grounds and able to make music together again.  This fall, our department will offer a wide variety of courses, ensembles, and private music lessons.  Students can play or learn about classical music, jazz, bluegrass, popular music, hip hop, computer music and a variety of other styles and techniques.  You can study music theory, history, and ethnography.  You can work on your recording chops. You can begin or continue your voice or instrumental study.  All of our courses are open to majors and non-majors alike.  We are looking forward to a great semester of musical listening, learning, and growth.  And we invite you to participate in our Music Department community.

During the initial weeks of the semester, UVA is under an indoor mask mandate.  We hope conditions on grounds will be safe enough that the university will remove the mask mandate when it is reviewed on September 6.  In the meantime, students and faculty can sing and play instruments indoors if masked.  Woodwind and brass players can play outdoors or play indoors in a practice room with only one person or in socially-distanced private lessons. 

All students enrolled in music courses will have access to solo practice spaces in Old Cabell Hall.  You can reserve a practice room on our website. We will also have spaces reserved for you to take private lessons, masked, socially-distanced, or via Zoom with your instructor.  We encourage those who can practice and take lessons from their residences do so in order to free up our Music Department spaces for those who cannot.  We will also be renting lockers for those who need to keep their instruments in Old Cabell Hall.  More information about locker rental is available on our website.

Finally, I want to urge you to participate in Music Department offerings this semester.  Like always, the department is home to a thriving community of people from across the university who come together to listen, learn, and make beautiful sounds.  In these stressful times, music is particularly important.  It calms the spirit, brings joy and discipline, and offers both an escape from daily pressures and an opportunity to engage and reflect the world around us.

Karl Hagstrom Miller
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Music
University of Virginia


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

Email: music@virginia.edu