About the Department

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 Welcome to the University of Mary Washington Department of Music


 UMW Philharmonic Orchestra

American Icons to Appear with UMW Philharmonic

World-renowned opera star Renee Fleming and beloved actor Henry Winkler will headline the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic’s 2017-18 season;  Renee Fleming, Sept 26 and Henry Winkler, April 27.  Also, during its 2017-18 season, the annual Holiday Pops concert on Friday, Dec. 8, will feature the Irish Tenors – Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns and Ronan Tynan. On Saturday, March 17, legendary trumpet player Arturo Sandoval will be the featured guest artist.

For more info go to http://www.umwphilharmonic.com/

Tickets: Call 540/654-1324 for information


Renee Fleming

Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler

Irish Tenors

Irish Tenors

Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval

 Join Us!

The creative world is full of possibilities – performance, composition, research, production, sound engineering – so how do you know where you fit? Experience the full gamut of musical opportunities through thRainbow Staffe Department of Music by combining classroom education and collaboration with your professors. Couple this with the opportunity to play in department ensembles and the free time to start your own groups or write your own music and your growth will surprise you. Share great stages, listen to the voices of this century, and find your niche in the creative world. What will you discover, and who will you become?


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Info, Info, Info

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More Information on curriculum, all the ensembles, concert schedules, auditions & scholarships, teaching certification?  – click on tabs above for drop down menus:

Auditions for Fall 2017 are on Sunday, August 27.  All students at UMW are welcome and encouraged to join an ensemble through an audition (see drop down menu in Prospective Students). Private lessons are also open to everyone.

Good News!  Germanna CC Students now have the opportunity to play and study music at UMW and earn credits.

  • Consult your Registrar for procedures
  • Contact Kay Roach, UMW/Germanna Liaison for more info: kroach@umw.edu

More Good Newsnon-students/aspiring musicians in the community are now welcome to register for private lessons with our outstanding faculty!


Major Events

Performance (2017-2018 Season)

Sept 16 - UMW Jazz Ensemble, Friends of the Rappahannock River fest, 3:45 pm. (tickets required)

UMW Jazz Ensemble

UMW Jazz Ensemble






Sept 26 – UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, Renee Fleming, Dodd Auditorium, 7:30

Oct 2 – UMW Jazz Celebrates Latino Identities Month, 7:30, location TBA

Oct. 7 – UMW Jazz, Family Jazz Festival, Market Square, Fredericksburg

Oct 21 – UMW Philharmonic Orchestra Masterworks Concert, Dodd Auditorium, 7:30

Oct 27 –  UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, Fiddlestix Concert, Dodd Auditorium, 5:00

Nov 4 – UMW Jazz Ensemble, Jazz 4 Justice Concert, Dodd Auditorium, 7:30  (tickets required)

Nov 11 – UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, Dodd Auditorium, 7:30

Nov 17 –  UMW Concert Band, Dodd Auditorium, 7:30

Nov 19 – UMW Choirs, Dodd Auditorium, 7:30

Dec 8 – UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, Holiday Pops featuring the Irish Tenors, Dodd Auditorium, 7:30

March 17 – UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring Arturo Sandoval, Dodd Auditorium, 7:30

March 24 – UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, Dodd Auditorium, 7:30

April 6 – UMW Concert Band, Dodd Auditorium, 7:30

April 15 – UMW Jazz Festival, Dodd Auditorium, 4 pm.

April 27 – UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, Masterworks with Henry Winkler, Dodd Auditorium, 7:30

All but UMW Philharmonic concerts are free unless noted, public welcome


UMW Philharmonic Orch.
UMW Philharmonic Orch.
Student String Quartet
Student String Quartet
Guitar recital
Guitar recital

Andrew Kraus

Jazz Bones
Jazz Bones
Arturo Sandoval
Arturo Sandoval
Allison’s Tribute to Bird -“Just Friends”
Allison’s Tribute to Bird -“Just Friends”
Campus Gig
Campus Gig
Perlman with Philharmonic
Perlman with Philharmonic


Congratulations to our Music Majors Graduates!

Notable Achievement Awards:

Margeaux M. Ducoing – Magna Cum Laude, Mortar Board, National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Jessica Nicole Merritt – BA with Highest Distinction, Senior Excellence Award; Anne & Sidney Hamer Music Award

Cole M. Masaitus – Cum Laude

Michael Terence Prime – Senior Excellence Award; Mu Phi Epsilon Sterling Achievement Award in Music

Austin Fischer O’Rourke – Senior Excellence Award; Outstanding Senior Award in Music


Listen to Student Compositions

Location: located on the main campus of the University of Mary Washington in Pollard Hall.  Please visit us!

Contact Information
Interim Chair: Joseph Romero, Trinkle Hall 238/Pollard Hall 208; 540-654-1340; jromero@umw.edu.
Office Manager: Michael Morley, Pollard Hall 110; 540-654-1012; mmorley@umw.edu.

Mailing Address:
The Department of Music
University of Mary Washington
1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Tel. 540-654-1012, Fax 540-654-1966.

Music Ed/Teacher Licensure:  please contact Dr. Kevin Bartram (kbartram@umw.edu).
Vocal Ensembles:  please contact Dr. Jane Tavernier (jtaverni@umw.edu).