While furnishing a rich and diverse exposure to the history and appreciation of the field, our music course offerings start at a basic level and work up to advanced courses in theory, composition, and performance, with field trips to concerts around Virginia, and the option of a music minor. You can also make music: in recent years our Hampden-Sydney Men's Chorus has performed at Sweet Briar, Randolph, and Salem College and toured out of state, performing at the National Cathedral and in France, England, and Italy. The student-run a cappella group, The Acousticals, is a favorite at Virginia colleges and Hampden-Sydney events on and off campus.

Minor in Music

The requirements for a minor in Music are 15 credit hours; Music 121 (Music Fundamentals) is required or may be waived for students who test out of this requirement (students who test out will replace this course with another class of their choice); Music 221 (Music Theory I) is required, as is any one additional 300-level music class other than Music 350-353 (Theory and Practice of Choral Music) or Music 354- 357 (Theory and Practice of Instrumental Ensemble Music); to complete the minor, students must take any three additional elective courses from among the following, one of which must be a 200 or 300 level: Music 101 (Introduction to Music Literature), Music 141 (Piano I), Music 241 (Piano II), Music 216 (Music of the Twentieth Century), Music 217 (American Music), Music 218 (Jazz History), Music 219 (History of Opera), Music 321 (Theory II), Music 340 (Topics in Music), Music 341 (Songwriting), and Physics 135 (The Physics of Sound). Three credits accumulated from the following one-credit performance courses may be substituted for a maximum of one threecredit course in the minor (all performance credits must represent cumulative work within a single instrument (or voice)): a) Music 250-253 or 350-353 (Theory and Practice of Choral Music), b) Music 254-357 (Theory and Practice of Instrumental Ensemble Music), c) private instrumental or vocal instruction at Longwood University or d) music ensemble participation through the Cooperative Agreement with Longwood University (registration for Longwood University courses operates through the Hampden-Sydney and Longwood University Cooperative Agreement.)

updated 7/25/17

Viar-Christ Center for the Arts

The Viar-Christ Center for the Arts was newly renovated to provide facilities for Music and Visual Arts. The building houses eight pianos in classrooms, offices, and practice spaces and includes:

  • Digital Keyboard Laboratory with Clavinova/iMac stations
  • Seminar and Lecture Classrooms
  • Music Workshop
  • Choral Library
  • Three practice rooms
  • Instrument storage lockers
  • Choral rehearsal and lecture space
Brinkley Hall

Men's Chorus

The Men's Chorus is one of the oldest official student organizations on campus. Its roots can be traced back to the 1820s. Membership is open to any student interested in choral singing.

Men's Chorus

The Acousticals

The Acousticals puts a fun twist on performing a capella music. The group performs "Rockapella"-style music using just their voices as instruments in a style all their own at H-SC. This exciting, goofy group performs vocal spectacles from the genres of hip-hop, country, pop, rap, contemporary, and classics-using beat boxing, face melting guitar fills. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester, so if you love to sing and you have a naturally energetic disposition, this group is for you.

Instrument Lessons & Ensembles at Longwood University

Students interested in taking private music lessons or participate in instrumental ensembles for academic credit can do so at Longwood University by enrolling in Music 155/156, 255/256 through the Longwood University Cooperative Program.   The lessons cost $355 per semester, take place weekly, last a half hour, and count for one credit.  Interested students should contact immediately the professor who teaches the instrument they would like to learn.  If the professor can take you on as a student, you will need to fill out paperwork with the H-SC registrar.

Instrumental Lessons  
Elizabeth Brightbill, Flute, brightbillem@longwood.edu                                
David Niethamer, Clarinet, niethamerdb@longwood.edu                            
J. Chris Thomas, Percussion, ct.music@netscape.com                           
George Tuckwiller, Trumpet, French Horn, gtuckwil@vsu.edu
Bruce Patterson, Low Brass, (434) 395-2504                       
Roland Karnatz, Clarinet, karnatzra@longwood.edu                             
Kristen Topham, Piano, (434) 395-2504
Andrew McEvoy, Guitar, (434) 395-2504  

Instrumental Ensembles  
Wind Symphony
Percussion Ensemble
Flute Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble  

For all ensembles, contact Gordon Ring, Director of Instrumental Ensembles
434-395-2628 | ringgl@longwood.edu


Hampden-Sydney Music Series

Hampden-Sydney is commited to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of the Southside community and presents FREE public concerts throughout the academic year.

Music Series

Fine Arts Events

All Hampden-Sydney College music, theatre, and visual arts events are FREE and open to the public.


Music Events

Music Department

Helena von Rueden, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Viar-Christ Center for the Arts
Hampden-Sydney College | Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
(434) 223-6367 

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