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 from the following: Music 101, 121, 141, 241, 216, 217, 218, 219, 221, 321, 341, 360, Physics 135. Of these, Music 121 and 221 are required, as is one of the listed 300-level courses. Music 121 may be waived for students who test out of this requirement; students who test out will replace this course with another listed course of their choice. Three credits accumulated from the following one-credit performance courses may substitute for one of the listed three-credit courses (all performance credits must represent cumulative work within a single instrument (or voice); a) Music 250-253 or 350-353, b) Music 254-357, c) Music 270-273 or 370-373, d) private instrumental or vocal instruction at Longwood University, or e) music ensemble participation through the Cooperative Agreement with Longwood University.
Students interested in taking private music lessons for academic credit can do so at Longwood University by enrolling in Music 155/156, 255/256 through the Longwood University Cooperative Program. Students are encouraged to see Professor von Rueden for details.
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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
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 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.
Elizabeth Brightbill, Flute, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Niethamer, Clarinet, email@example.com
J. Chris Thomas, Percussion, firstname.lastname@example.org
George Tuckwiller, Trumpet, French Horn, email@example.com
Bruce Patterson, Low Brass, (434) 395-2504
Roland Karnatz, Clarinet, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristen Topham, Piano, (434) 395-2504
Andrew McEvoy, Guitar, (434) 395-2504
For all ensembles, contact Gordon Ring, Director of Instrumental Ensembles
434-395-2628 | email@example.com
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