department gets approval for doctoral program
ready to break out the champagne," said department chair
Judith Shatin, after getting the final go-ahead for the University
to launch the state's first doctoral program in music. Word came
on March 21, when the State Council
of Higher Education for Virginia voted its approval.
really excited that it happened at this particular moment,"
she said. "We have excellent faculty in place, and a number
of students have been asking about this program. ... In addition
to providing an opportunity for students in the commonwealth to
remain in state, it enables faculty to work with a full range
of students. It allows us to get in a lot more depth in our subject
program will begin admitting students in fall 2001, at least initially
hoping to enroll about six per year. There will be two areas of
emphasis: music composition, and critical and comparative studies
in music. The program will feature collaborative relationships
with other fields, including anthropology, psychology and engineering.
the past decade, the music
department has grown beyond a traditional emphasis on the
history and theory of Western art music. According to its formal
proposal, new areas of exploration include "the cultural
context of music, ranging from American to European to African
and beyond; its theoretical basis; its creative and performance
aspects; and its relation to new technologies."
of looking at Western music and everything else as something other,
we're looking at all music in relation to the culture it is formed
by," Shatin said.
department also features the Virginia Center for Computer Music,
established in 1987, which supports original work in composition
and software development.
Last week's final approval came after eight years of planning
and development, and two years of fund raising. The proposal required
approvals from the department, the College of Arts & Science's
curriculum committee and faculty, the Faculty Senate, the Board
of Visitors and the State Council.