Music scholarships for any major

Our Vision

Gather

Our music department is a place for music majors and non-majors to come together and make music of the highest quality, whatever your instrument or interests. Music is too important to exclude non-majors.

Lift

Receive world-class instruction from experts and active performers, with a powerful major and industry-relevant concentrations. Perform music that is not only of the highest quality but also uplifting and inspiring.

Launch

Our music majors have a proven track record of success, enrolling in top graduate music programs around the country or directly entering the world of professional music making and teaching. All who participate in our ensembles—major or not—leave better equipped to raise the quality of music making in their communities.

Join an Ensemble

Accolade

Southern Virginia’s premier traveling acapella group.
Watch Accolade in Alex Boyé’s “Believer” Video

Bella Voce

“Beautiful Voice.” Southern Virginia’s women’s chorus.
Directed by Kyle Nielsen.

Chamber Music

Advanced mixed orchestral ensemble made up of chamber groups, including string quartets, piano quintets, small wind ensembles, and more.

Chamber Singers

Southern Virginia’s elite mixed-voice choral ensemble.
Directed by Kyle Nielsen.

Choral Union

Community choral ensemble open to university students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community.
Directed by Kyle Nielsen.

Commercial Music Ensemble

Contemporary music group for performance, composition, arranging, recording, production and more.
Directed by Mark Milberger.

Concert Band

Wind ensemble performing new and classic repertoire.
Directed by Heather Dobbins.

Concert Chorale

Southern Virginia’s large auditioned combined choir.
Directed by Kyle Nielsen.

Marching Band

Coming Fall 2018!
Directed by Heather Dobbins.
Watch the Marching Band Preview

Men’s Chorus

Southern Virgnia’s men’s choral ensemble.
Directed by Eric Hanson.

Opera Workshop

Showcasing operatic works and scenes every spring.
Directed by Eric Hanson.

Orchestra

Large ensemble for strings, winds, brass, and percussion.
Directed by Mark Taylor.

Pep Band

Performs at athletic events and pep rallies, with repertoire ranging from classics to contemporary pop.
Directed by Heather Dobbins.

Piano

Scholarships available for solo and collaborative pianists. All pianists participate in masterclass-style instruction.
Directed by Keenan Reesor.

Meet Your Mentor

Heather Dobbins, M.M.

Director of Bands

Eric Hanson, D.M.A.

Music Department Chair & Director of Voice Studies

Mark Milberger, M.M.

Director of Commercial Music & Composition

Kyle Nielsen, D.M.A.

Director of Choral Studies

Keenan Reesor, Ph.D.

Director of Keyboard Studies & Musicology

Mark Taylor, D.M.A.

Director of Orchestra

Music Major

Students who participate in Southern Virginia University’s music program understand that music is a priceless and irreplaceable component of human life, occupying a unique position in our culture. It speaks to the intellect, emotion and human soul in an essential way. The music program has a dynamic and varied music concert and performance schedule, presenting numerous concerts each year, including student recitals and ensembles.

The faculty consists of devoted teachers with expertise in choral, vocal, instrumental, theoretical, historical, and compositional techniques. We offer a broad range of courses, including music theory, music history, composition and performance practices. Our private applied instruction is strong in vocal, piano, organ, strings, harp, guitar, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Instruction is provided by the university music faculty and is augmented by adjunct instructors drawn from the surrounding area.

Learn more about the Music Major.

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