Averett University Undergraduate Catalog



S. Gail Allen, Chair
Anne Lewis

Located in the Emily Swain Grousbeck Music Center, the Department of Music offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music which has an emphasis in three performance areas:  Piano, Organ, and Voice.  Two areas of concentration are available:  Church Music and Performance.  Graduates can expect to be prepared for vocational goals such as leadership positions in the field of church music or private teaching and performance.  These concentrations also are designed for students who want to further their education in graduate school or seminary.

The music program offers performance opportunities for students in choral and handbell choirs that perform both on and off campus.  Opportunities are available for keyboard and voice students to work in area churches.

An audition is required for admission into the Music program.  Auditions can be arranged directly with the Chair of the Music Department after a student has been admitted to the University.  For students whose principal instrument of study is piano, the audition should include major scales in all keys, and literature at least comparable to Clementi sonatinas and Bach's "Two-Part Invention No. 8."  For students whose principal instrument of study is voice, the audition should include a piece comparable to the repertoire found in 24 Italian Songs and Arias and a sacred solo or oratorio solo comparable to "He Shall Feed His Flock" or "O Rest In the Lord."

Students must attain at least a 2.0 grade point average in the major in order to graduate.