About the Department

 

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 Welcome to the Department of Music

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?


Performance Season (2017-2018)

Click on Concert Schedule for full list of performances.


 April 24, 2018 – UMW Composer Ensemble, HCC Digital Auditorium, 7:30

  • Works from the UMW Composition Studio including works by
    Sam Bradshaw
    Drake Dragone
    Elaina Finklestein
    Caroline Flynn
    Sidney McPhail
    Luke Payne


April 25, 2018 – UMW Chamber Music Festival, Gari Melcher’s Pavilion, Belmont,  7:00

  • UMW Flute Ensemble and the UMW Guitar Ensemble

Admission is free but seating is limited. Contact Meghan Pcsolyar at mpcsolya@umw.edu or 540-654-1848


 

Spring Concert

April 6– UMW Concert Band with  the UMW Flute Ensemble, and UMW Brass Ensemble, 7:30, Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

[Free concert and no tickets are required]


UMW Chamber Music Festival

April 7 – UMW Chamber Music Festival, Gari Melcher’s Studio, Belmont,  7:30

Andrew Krause, piano; Doug Gately, flute; Matt Case, drums; Levi Manuel, bass
Performing Claude Bolling’s Suite for Jazz Piano & Flute

Admission is free but seating is limited. Contact Meghan Pcsolyar at mpcsolya@umw.edu or 540-654-1848.

April 8 – UMW Chamber Music Festival, Gari Melcher’s Studio, Belmont,  4:00

  • U.S. Air Force String Quartet
  • UMW Faculty Jazz Trio

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April 25UMW Chamber Music Festival, Gari Melcher’s Pavilion, Belmont,  7:00

  • UMW Flute Ensemble and the UMW Guitar Ensemble

Admission is free but seating is limited. Contact Meghan Pcsolyar at mpcsolya@umw.edu or 540-654-1848


 UMW Jazz Festival

Sunday, April 15, 4 p.m. Dodd Auditorium

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Featuring Guest Artist, Chris Vadala with the UMW Jazz Ensemble, directed by Doug Gately

As one of the Selmer Company’s most requested Artist in Residence clinicians, Mr. Vadala travels worldwide, performing with and conducting student and professional jazz ensembles, symphonic bands, and orchestras.  He has appeared with countless musical ensembles across the nation and Canada.

Mr.Vadala’s performing career has been highlighted by a long tenure as standout woodwind artist with the internationally recognized Chuck Mangione Quartet.  Performing credits on five gold and two platinum albums, plus two Grammy awards and eight more nominations, one Emmy, one Georgie (AGVA) and one Golden Globe Award. In addition, he has performed and/or recorded with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Placido Domingo, Sarah Vaughn, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, New York Voices, Frankie Valli, Johnny Mathis, Diana Ross, Michael Feinstein, Patti LaBelle, Bernadette Peters, Kendrick Lamar, and many others.

You can hear him on such TV and movie soundtracks as “Criminal Minds,” “Big Bang Theory,” “Zombieland,” “Life After Beth,” “Avalon,” ”Anchorman 2,” ”Dr. Strange,” “Intolerable Cruelty,” “Let’s Go to Prison,” “Fargo,” “Cannonball Run,” “The Children of Sanchez,” ”Hard to Kill-Seven Year Storm,” Saturday Night Live, a Chevrolet Colorado Truck commercial, among others.

[Free concert and no tickets are required]


 

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
“uptown”
“uptown”
Elaina
Elaina
UMW Chorus
UMW Chorus
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umw-jazz-ensemble-jazz-4-justice
Student Group
Student Group
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flute-ens-latino-identities-concert
Jazz Ens at Univ Ctr
Jazz Ens at Univ Ctr

 


Hand drawn ClefHappy to announce the Music Department now offers a Music Minor!



Info, Info, Info
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Frequently Asked Questions?  click [here]

Scholarship Auditions for the 2018 fall semester: February 18   (applicants understood as intended music majors). Applications found here.

  • All other auditions will be held Sunday, August 26, 2018 (Majors & non-majors) See drop down menu above in Prospective Students.
  • All students at UMW are welcome and encouraged to join an ensemble and/or enroll in private lessons through an audition
  • Want to join an ensemble in the Spring Semester? – contact the ensemble Director or the respective Applied Faculty Member associated with your instrument of study.

Good Newsnon-students/aspiring musicians in the community are now welcome to register for private lessons with our outstanding faculty! (after receiving approval from the instructor, contact the Registrar)


Contact Information

Chair: James Brooks Kuykendall, Pollard Hall 209; 540-654-1958; jkuykend@umw.edu

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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
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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).

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


 UMW Philharmonic Recordings:

Click Here to Hear the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra Perform Marche Militaire Française by Camille Saint-Saens

Click Here to Hear the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra Perform Suite from Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland