With its liberal arts approach to the teaching of music, the McIntire Department of Music serves students with widely varying abilities; they range from uninformed listeners who wish to gain a basic appreciation of music and a grasp of its history to skilled professionals pursuing advanced work. All have the chance to study with gifted scholars and performers, whether for personal enrichment or for preparation for a career.
The faculty is a dynamic mix of musicologists, ethnomusicologists, and composers, as well as highly trained musicians who oversee the department’s instrumental and vocal ensembles and serve as principals in the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra.
Complementing scholarly strengths in such traditional areas as opera and orchestral music, the department has established subspecialties in African and African American music, jazz, and the music of Appalachia. The department is also noted for scholarship in critical, theoretical, and gender studies; an innovative program in comparative and critical studies; and a renowned composition program that has encompassed cutting-edge work in computer technologies.
The McIntire Department of Music has placed increasing emphasis on performance. Under the guidance of seasoned professionals, students have opportunities to pursue advanced musical training and to take part in ensembles devoted to music in many forms, including chamber music, new music, early music, jazz, computer music, opera, and African drumming and dance.
To maintain the department’s excellence and continued growth, increased funding for faculty and graduate students to carry on their work must be found. An endowed graduate fellowship in music, named at $600,000, will allow the College to recruit the most promising young scholars to the University by helping to support tuition, insurance, research, travel, and living expenses. Recruiting and retaining talented, creative faculty is another high priority. Endowed professorships, named from $3 million, enable the department to more effectively develop a faculty rich in talent and expertise.
To continue to attract outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, the department also seeks funding for new performance and rehearsal space.