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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

Karen Walwyn, 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




On-Campus Auditions for Fall 2019 Admission
were held on January 26 and March 2, 2019. Interested students who did not audition on those dates may request a special appointment by contacting the appropriate Performance Area Coordinator ASAP.

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

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Event Highlights

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



Jazz Ensemble ("HUJE") at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW, WDC - Fri, April 19, 6-9pm $5 Admission

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month!
Join us in April as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month 2019. Many events are free and open to the public!

Howard U Jazz Week 2019 Sidebar Calendar
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Arthur C. Dawkins, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Introduces HU Jazz Oral History Project
Dr. Dawkins will introduce the website that includes interviews with some of the major architects of modern jazz (Gillespie, Blakey, Roach). This work may be found in the Moorland-Spingarn Library Collection at http://library.howard.edu/jazz/.

Photo of Arthur C. Dawkins, Ph.D.Dr. Dawkins will also discuss the evolution of Jazz Education at Howard University.

Childers Recital Hall, Thu, Mar 7, 12:40pm FREE

HUJE Spring Concert feat. Special Guest Derrick Gardner
Ira Aldridge Theater, Tue, April 9, 12:40pm FREE

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Professor Chris Royal, D.M.A., Discusses the Legacy of Louis Armstrong
Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 11, 11am - FREE

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Jazz in Class: HU Jazz Improvisation Showcase
Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 11, 12:40pm - FREE

Vocal Jazz Ensembles at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Fri, April 12, 6-9pm $

Flyer for Afro Blue, SAASy and HU Jazz Singers at Westminster Chiurch 4/12/19
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Symphony Orchestra & Concert Band Joint Spring Concert
Orchestral works by Handel and Beethoven. Ira Aldridge Theater, Sun, Apr 14, 4pm - FREE

Symphony Orchestra Concert Poster for 4/14/19
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2019 NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim Presents Masterclass
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 16, 12:40-1:30pm - FREE

Colorful Flyer for Abdullah Imbrahim Masterclass on Tue 4/16
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