Music

The Division of Music offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Music Major, the Music Minor, as well as coursework applicable to the College General Education Humanities and Arts areas. The Division of Music majors also offer a Teacher Endorsement Program (TEP) for Virginia licensure
in Music Education PreK-12.

 

Our Mission

Recognizing that music is a crucial component of the liberal arts experience, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise Division of Music believes in the significance of offering a strong music program to students of all ability levels – from the novice to the pre-professional musician. Therefore, the mission of the Division of Music is:

  1. To provide the highest quality pre-professional undergraduate music training possible in the areas of performance, elementary and secondary vocal and instrumental teaching, and theory; this program shall remain consistent with the educational objectives and standards of the college as a whole, consistent with the standards of the National Association of Schools of Music, consistent with traditionally recognized practices in the pre-professional training of musicians, and consistent with, and in accordance with, the skills, areas of expertise, and professional goals of its music faculty taken as a whole.
  2. To provide a broad range of opportunities for study and participation in both performance and music courses by students who may not intend to pursue music as a profession.
  3. To provide support for the creative, artistic, and professional development of its music faculty. 4. To provide the services of performance and music expertise to the college community in the forms of concerts, ceremonial music, and interdisciplinary teaching.
  4. To provide leadership in educational and cultural experiences in music to the outside community.

Vocal Ensembles

Concert Choir

Hannah Wunsch Ryan, director

Highland Chorale

Hannah Wunsch Ryan, director

Madrigal Choir

Hannah Wunsch Ryan, director

Opera Workshop

Amber Burke, director

Instrumental Ensembles

Bluegrass Ensemble

Chris Rose, director

Clarinet Choir

Suzanna Masters, director

Handbell Choir

David Barker, director

Highland Cavalier Pep Band

Richard Galyean, director

Highland Winds

Richard Galyean, director

Jazz Ensemble

Donald Sorah, director

Marching Highland Cavaliers

Richard Galyean, director

Guitar Ensemble

Chris Rose, director

Saxophone Ensemble

Suzanna Masters, director

Jazz Combo

Donald Sorah, director

Trumpet Ensemble

Donald Sorah, director

Wind Ensemble

Richard Galyean, director

Woodwind Quintet

Suzanna Masters, director

Wise Guys/ Low Brass

Richard Galyean, director

Band members
band member

If you have any questions, please contact:

Donald Sorah 
Coordinator of Music Division
Assistant Professor of Music
 
Gilliam 129
276.376.4638
dws4w@uvawise.edu