112 Old Cabell Hall
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400176
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176
(434) 924-3052 Fax: (434) 924-6033
Prospective students should be aware that the deadline for application to the graduate program in Music is December 15.
Graduate Programs in Music
The department offers graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. in music, with concentration either in Composition or in Critical and Comparative Studies of Music.
The concentration in Composition will develop composers’ creative and intellectual potential through intensive work in acoustic and digital media; analytical and critical study of diverse musics; and active engagement in the development of new musical technologies. Performances of both acoustic and digital works will be an important part of the program, as will the resources of the Virginia Center for Computer Music.
The concentration in Critical and Comparative studies will prepare students for a wide range of careers based on the scholarly study of music, including college and university teaching. Through seminars, independent study and close work with faculty advisors, students learn to craft the intellectual approach appropriate to their research interests by drawing from the skills of musicology, ethnomusicology, criticism, theory and analysis, aesthetics, and performance studies.