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Piano Renewal Initiative

Please consider supporting our Piano Renewal Initiative. If you have a high-quality piano in good condition that you are no longer using, or if you would like to purchase or contribute towards a new piano, please contact the Department of Music Office for more information regarding our specific needs.

Metropolitan Club donates Steinway M grand piano

Katz Foundation donates new Steinway recital piano

Leon Bates Masterclass and Mini-Concert officially launches Piano Renewal Initiative.

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Liana Valente, D.M.A., Coordinator - Classical Voice

Charles Timbrell, D.M.A., Coordinator - Classical Piano

Fred Irby, III, M.M., Coordinator - Instrumental Music

Performance Faculty:

Classical Voice: Valerie K. Eichelberger, Gregory Hopkins

Classical Piano: Karen Walwyn

Instrumental Music: Michael Bunn, Alexander Jacobsen, Sais Kamalidiin, Gerard Kunkel, Joseph Lovinsky, Timothy Macek, Drew Owen, Richard Reed, William Richards, Paul Schultz, Uri Wassertzug, Tia Wortham, Charlie Young, III


The Performance program focuses on developing the skill level and artistry required of a concert performer. Majors in Music Performance will complete the following minimum music requirements:

* 8 semesters of private lessons

* Qualifying Recital in the Junior Year

* Senior Recital in final semester

* 8 semesters of participation in large departmental ensemble

* 2 semesters of participation in small departmental ensemble

* 4 semesters of music theory

* 1 semester each of Counterpoint and Form and Analysis

* 4 semesters of music history

* 4 semesters of class piano (except piano majors and minors)

* 1 semester of conducting (instrumental or choral)

* 8 semesters of recital attendance

Additional music requirements in pedagogy and literature are required by each specific major (Orchestral Instruments and Guitar, Piano, Voice.) Please refer to the specific programs curricula for each major.

Course Descriptions

Classical Voice

Classical Piano

Instrumental Music




Welcome Class of 2022!

University Academic Calendar 2018-2019 (rev. 04/06/2018)

Ensemble Auditions — including the Howard University Choir, Chapel Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Choirs and Jazz Ensemble — are underway. Open to all Howard University students! See posted information or contact the ensemble director for more information.

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Event Highlights

Many of our events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!


Fall semeseter performances begin in September. Please join us!



Taylor Young, Jazz Voice – Master of Music Qualifying Recital - Childers Recital Hall, Fri, March 30, 12pm FREE

Howard University Jazz Ensemble - Westminster Presbyterian Church, Fri, Mar 30, 6-9pm $

Logan Johnson – Senior Composition Recital - Childers Recital Hall, Fri, Mar 30, 7pm FREE

HUJE Easter Vigil - Peoples Congregational UCC, Sat, March 31, 4pm FREE

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra - Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 5, 12:40pm FREE

Afro Blue in Concert - Kennedy Center Jazz Club, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Fri, April 6, 7 & 9 pm BOTH SHOWS SOLD OUT!

Panel Discussion: "INDEPENDENT: A Start to Finish Guide for Your Recording Project" - Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 10, 10:10am FREE

Vocal Master Class with Soprano Lisa Gwyn Daltirus - Childers Recital Hall, Wed, April 11, 12pm FREE

NEA 2018 Jazz Masterclass with DIANNE REEVES - Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 17, 12:40pm FREE

HUJE featuring Special Guest Artist GARY BARTZ - Ira Aldridge Theater, Thu, April 19, 12:40pm FREE

String Students in Recital - Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 24, 12:40pm FREE

Jazz Choir Concert featuring AFRO BLUE, SASSY and HU JAZZ SINGERS - Childers Recital Hall, Wed, April 25, 7:30pm FREE

Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert - Ira Aldridge Theater, Sun, April 29, 4pm FREE

AFRO BLUE Mother's Day Concert - Prince George's Publick Playhouse, Sun, May 13, 4pm $

Afro Blue Mother's Day 2018