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

Southern Virginia’s premier traveling acapella group.
Watch Accolade in Alex Boyé’s “Believer” Video

“Beautiful Voice.” Southern Virginia’s women’s chorus.
Directed by Dr. Kyle Nielsen.

Advanced mixed orchestral ensemble made up of various small performing chamber groups.
Directed by Megan Mason.

Southern Virginia’s elite mixed-voice choral ensemble.
Directed by Dr. Kyle Nielsen.

Community choral ensemble open to university students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community.
Directed by Dr. Kyle Nielsen.

Contemporary music group for performance, composition, arranging, recording, and production.
Directed by Mark Milberger.

Wind ensemble performing new and classic repertoire.
Directed by Heather Dobbins.

The Marching Knights, including winds and drum line, performs at football games, parades, and pep rallies.
Directed by Randall Beach.

Southern Virginia’s men’s choral ensemble.
Directed by Dr. Kyle Nielsen.

Showcasing operatic works and scenes every spring.
Directed by Dr. Eric Hanson & Dr. Mackenzie Romriell.

Large ensemble for strings, winds, brass, and percussion.
Directed by Dr. Jakob Hofer.

Performs at athletic events and pep rallies, with repertoire ranging from classics to contemporary pop.
Directed by Randall Beach.

Scholarships available for solo and collaborative pianists. All pianists participate in masterclass-style instruction.
Directed by Dr. Keenan Reesor.

Advanced solo and small group work in collaboration with Chamber Music. Learn how to build your brand while advocating and marketing art music.
Directed by Dr. Eric Hanson.

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Faculty Contacts:

  • Eric Hanson, D.M.A. – Program Coordinator
  • Mark Milberger, M.M.
  • Jakob Hofer, D.M.A.
  • Kyle Nielsen, D.M.A.
  • Heather Dobbins, M.M.
  • Keenan Reesor, Ph.D.



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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