Music: Major & Minor


Students who participate in Southern Virginia University’s music program understand that music is a priceless and irreplaceable component of human life, occupying a unique position in our culture. It speaks to the intellect, emotion and human soul in an essential way. The music program has a dynamic and varied music concert and performance schedule, presenting numerous concerts each year, including student recitals and ensembles.

The faculty consists of devoted teachers with expertise in choral, vocal, instrumental, theoretical, historical, and compositional techniques. We offer a broad range of courses, including music theory, music history, composition and performance practices. Our private applied instruction is strong in vocal, piano, organ, strings, harp, guitar, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Instruction is provided by the university music faculty and is augmented by adjunct instructors drawn from the surrounding area.

Performing Groups


Advisor: La Rae Carter

Bella Voce is the select women’s choir at Southern Virginia University. It performs music especially written and arranged for treble voices in many styles and languages from many cultures. The choir performs throughout the year at the university in concerts, and in University events, such as forums, devotionals, dinners or other requested venues. Bella Voce is featured each year at the Veterans’ Day Community dinner and the Community Christmas Parade.


La Rae Carter

Concert Chorale is a large mixed voice choir that performs a wide range of pieces from the standard choral repertoire as well as new compositions and arrangements. The choir sings in up to eight languages, performing music from Renaissance to contemporary, becoming acquainted with many styles and cultures. The choir performs throughout the year at the university for various meetings and events. They have performed at regional festivals such as that held by Washington and Lee University, and are honored to be a select choir each year, along with the Liberty University Concert Choir and the Roanoke Symphony Chorus, in the Roanoke Symphony’s Masterworks Concert.


Ashley Kazimer

Acting Presidents: Brennan Alford & Rachel Garbe
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Accolade is the premier co-ed a cappella group at Southern Virginia. Since 2006, Accolade has entertained and inspired listeners, spread the gospel, and expanded the Southern Virginia community. The group performs a cappella arrangements from a variety of genres including pop, rock, alternative, and contemporary Christian.

They have toured up and down the east coast giving concerts, firesides, workshops, and “Super Saturday” events (faith-based one-day conferences for youth). To schedule a performance or “Super Saturday,” please contact 540-261-8419 or By audition only. Scholarships available.


The Southern Virginia University Pep Band, or as they are more formally known, The Pep Band, is Southern Virginia’s first ever Student Run Athletic Band organization. Playing everything from classic music like Dies Irae to modern hits like Seven Nation Army, this band is truly dedicated to raising enthusiasm at home football and basketball games.

Contact Heather Dobbins via email:

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Contact Mark Taylor at 540-261-4348 or via email:

An ensemble with approximately 40 members who perform challenging full orchestral and string orchestra works from the Baroque period to the contemporary. Talented student soloists, both instrumental and vocal, are regularly featured with the orchestra. The orchestra performs a combined work with the Southern Virginia choirs once every two years. Orchestra members have the opportunity to participate in the annual musical theatre production held during Mayterm. There also are periodic opportunities for student conductors. No audition required.


This course provides each student with the opportunity to perform in operatic scenes in cooperation with other singers. Its purpose is to familiarize students with some of the standard operatic repertoire. It may be used as ensemble credit in the music and performing arts majors and minors. Prerequisite: two semesters of MUS 149R or by consent of the instructor.

Contact Eric Hanson via email:

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Nate Pence ’12
“I’m excited to get to experience all sorts of different cultures and share music with people who I otherwise wouldn’t be able to communicate with.”
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