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Department of Music



Welcome to the Department of Music at Longwood! We invite you to explore our website--you'll find that our interests are much the same as your own.

Music plays a vital role in life at Longwood, and our department is set for another busy and exciting year in 2015-16. Academically, we are proud to provide personalized instruction and exceptional musical experiences for our students as we prepare them for a professional career or graduate study.

Our department also serves as a primary cultural resource for Central Virginia. Through concerts and outreach, we touch the lives of thousands in a large geographic area. Please join us at some of our upcoming events, such as the traditional Holiday Dinner and Concert, the concerts of the Chamber Music Series, ensemble concerts, and recitals by faculty and students.

Music at Longwood is on the move. As chair, it's my privilege to work with the faculty, administration, staff, students, alumni, and patrons - all the people who are the program and share a vision for its excellence. Here's hoping we'll see you soon!

Charles Kinzer, PhD

Music Department Chair



Dr. Gordon Ring named Distinguished Professor

Dr. Gordon Ring has been named Longwood’s first Simpson Distinguished Professor for the 2015-16 year.  A new award to honor outstanding contributions to scholarship or the creative arts, the Simpson Professorship was established through an endowment given to Longwood by Cora Straughan Simpson ’61 and her husband, Murray. The professorship includes a research stipend and grant in support of future scholarship. Congratulations, Dr. Ring!



The Longwood Department of Music is committed to training active and devoted educators and performers.

Our dedicated artist faculty strive to communicate a passion for music and its positive role in society.  Our teaching is founded on the kind of personalized faculty-student interaction typical of the finest liberal arts colleges.

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Music Department Newsletter

Find out what's happening now around the department!

Overtones, 2015 (online(pdf)


Why Choose Longwood for Music?  Ten Great Reasons:

1. Small classes! The average size of music classes is 15 or less. No huge classes in music theory or history.

2. All classes with professors, never inexperienced graduate students.

3. Our professors know your name on day one.

4. You’ll be part of a group of 20-25 first-year music students, not 150.

5. You’ll get to know all of the teachers, and they’ll all know you.

6. Open-door policy to students for practice rooms and the music building.

7. The faculty & fellow students attend your performances.

8.  Easy opportunities to work with professional accompanists.

9.  Attractive, easily walkable campus, with nice living facilities.

10.  Opportunities to explore new musical interests: percussion ensemble, a capella choirs, private lessons on another instrument, join a music fraternity or sorority, drumline, jazz bands, chamber vocal or instrumental groups--these are just a few of the possibilities!



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The Department of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. 



Undergraduate Degree Programs