The Music Department offers a wide variety of opportunities to study music–performing ensembles and applied lessons for advanced study in any instrumental area, as well as classes.

Pollard Hall, home of the UMW Music Department

The Department of Music at the University of Mary Washington hosts many performing ensembles. Participation is not limited to Music majors, but some auditions are required.

UMW Ensembles

Prospective students intending to major in music are eligible for significant music scholarships, including the Aurelia B. Walford Scholarship in Music. These auditions usually take place early in the Spring.

Music Major Scholarship Auditions


From the Chair

Greetings! Music is absolutely central to the human experience, and at the University of Mary Washington we believe that a vibrant musical community should be at the heart of a dynamic liberal arts institution. Music teaches us as it moves us; more than this, it’s just such great fun… [Read more from the chair]

UMW guitar instructionIncoming Students:

We will audition students for placement in ensembles and studios for the fall semester on Sunday, Aug. 25, the day before classes start. See placement audition details.

Elyse Ridder

UMW Senior, Music Faculty Collaborate on Note-Worthy Research

Elyse Ridder (’19) is on her way to England this summer to present on her research.

Read about it here.