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Mission Statement

The mission of the McIntire Department of Music builds upon its liberal arts foundation, and its traditions in the study of western music to embrace two of the central issues of our time: the globalization of society and the development of new technologies. Our innovative program in Critical and Comparative Studies in Music offers a music-centered approach to understanding complex cultural processes; the focus of these studies ranges from western art music, to African and African-American music, to contemporary music, including classical, folk and vernacular styles. Our commitment to music and new technologies is reflected in the expansion of our composition program to include digital music and in our development of the Virginia Center for Computer Music. At the same time, we foster creative approaches to traditional instrumental composition. Moreover, while continuing to honor the study of music as a liberal art, we have taken bold steps to strengthen the role of performance, an aspect of music that we hold central to our educational, research and outreach missions.


As a volunteer for the McIntire Department of Music you will meet and work with people who bring unique gifts and enthusiasm to their work. Our volunteers come from many diverse occupations and backgrounds and are pursuing different goals, but they share a common interest in music and an appreciation for the many programs that are produced by the McIntire Department of Music.

Volunteer positions are both challenging and rewarding experiences that foster personal, professional and intellectual growth. Volunteer opportunities are available for regular assignments as well as on-call opportunities for special events such as concerts, lectures, fundraisers and receptions.

If you would like to receive emails about all of our upcoming volunteer opportunities, then go to http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/music/people/volunteersandinterns/volunteers.html and fill out the Volunteer Application at the bottom of the page!


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