Dr. Joshua Harris leads a workshop on analog synthesizers

Dr. Joshua Harris leads a workshop on analog synthesizers

Dr. Joshua Harris works with a student in the SArPA Studio

Dr. Joshua Harris works with a student in the SArPA Studio

A piano student performs a senior recital in Mills Chapel

A piano student performs a senior recital in Mills Chapel

Four musicians with traditional Arab instruments

Tetrachord, a traditional Arab music ensemble, performed as part of the Gager Concert Series in October 2021

From day one, music students focus on making music and collaborating with faculty in our state-of-the-art studios.

Music

The performing arts major at Sweet Briar is strongly interdisciplinary, allowing students to pursue one area in great depth while encouraging collaboration with other performing arts as much as possible.

We recognize that students may be interested in specific disciplines, so the performing arts major has three tracks — dance, music and theatre. We also offer minors in dance, music, musical theatre and theatre.

Practicing piano in the Rehearsal Hall

Practicing piano in the Rehearsal Hall

Musicians standing with instruments in front of a brick chapel.

Daisy's Harp 2017

Students performing with guest performer Tom Teasley

Students performing with guest performer Tom Teasley (Credit: Sweet Briar College)

A computer screen with visual code

Visual code in Max for audio reactive video

Korean and American musicians perform as part of the Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022

Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022 (Credit: A E Thomas)

Korean and American musicians perform as part of the Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022

Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022 (Credit: A E Thomas)

Korean and American musicians perform as part of the Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022

Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022 (Credit: A E Thomas)

Korean and American musicians perform as part of the Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022

Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022 (Credit: A E Thomas)

Korean and American musicians perform as part of the Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022

Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022 (Credit: A E Thomas)

Korean and American musicians perform as part of the Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022

Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022 (Credit: A E Thomas)

Korean and American musicians perform as part of the Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022

Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022 (Credit: A E Thomas)

Korean and American musicians perform as part of the Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022

Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022 (Credit: A E Thomas)

Korean and American musicians perform as part of the Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022

Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022 (Credit: A E Thomas)

Korean and American musicians perform as part of the Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022

Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022 (Credit: A E Thomas)

Korean and American musicians perform as part of the Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022

Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022 (Credit: A E Thomas)

Korean and American musicians perform as part of the Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022

Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022 (Credit: A E Thomas)

Korean and American musicians perform as part of the Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022

Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022 (Credit: A E Thomas)

Korean and American musicians perform as part of the Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022

Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022 (Credit: A E Thomas)

Korean and American musicians perform as part of the Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022

Symposium on Korean Music, August 2022 (Credit: A E Thomas)

Students in Music in Global Context in a gamelan workshop on a field trip to University of Richmond, August 2022.

Students in Music in Global Context in a gamelan workshop on a field trip to University of Richmond, August 2022. (Credit: A E Thomas)

Students in Music in Global Context in a gamelan workshop on a field trip to University of Richmond, August 2022.

Students in Music in Global Context in a gamelan workshop on a field trip to University of Richmond, August 2022. (Credit: A E Thomas)

Students in Music in Global Context in a gamelan workshop on a field trip to University of Richmond, August 2022.

Students in Music in Global Context in a gamelan workshop on a field trip to University of Richmond, August 2022. (Credit: A E Thomas)

Diali Cissokho, a griot from Senegal, performs on kora at SBC for a Ramadan iftar.

Diali Cissokho, a griot from Senegal, performs on kora at SBC for a Ramadan iftar. (Credit: A E Thomas)

Students in Creative Practice for Wellbeing in a workshop on West African drum with Senegalese guest artist Diali Cissokho.

Students in Creative Practice for Wellbeing in a workshop on West African drum with Senegalese guest artist Diali Cissokho. (Credit: A E Thomas)

Students in Creative Practice for Wellbeing in a workshop on West African drum with Senegalese guest artist Diali Cissokho.

Students in Creative Practice for Wellbeing in a workshop on West African drum with Senegalese guest artist Diali Cissokho. (Credit: A E Thomas)

Students in Creative Practice for Wellbeing in a workshop on West African dance with guest artist Hilary Cissokho.

Students in Creative Practice for Wellbeing in a workshop on West African dance with guest artist Hilary Cissokho. (Credit: A E Thomas)

Students in Creative Practice for Wellbeing guest artist Diali Cissokho.

Students in Creative Practice for Wellbeing guest artist Diali Cissokho. (Credit: A E Thomas)

Students in Creative Practice for Wellbeing guest artist Diali Cissokho.

Students in Creative Practice for Wellbeing guest artist Diali Cissokho. (Credit: A E Thomas)

Babcock Performing Arts Center

Babcock Performing Arts Center (Credit: A E Thomas)

Students in Creative Practice for Wellbeing try out Appalachian square dance.

Students in Creative Practice for Wellbeing try out Appalachian square dance. (Credit: A E Thomas)

Students in Creative Practice for Wellbeing try out Appalachian square dance.

Students in Creative Practice for Wellbeing try out Appalachian square dance. (Credit: A E Thomas)

Students in Creative Practice for Wellbeing with Latin dance guest artists Sam, Louisa and Jacqueline.

Students in Creative Practice for Wellbeing with Latin dance guest artists Sam, Louisa and Jacqueline. (Credit: A E Thomas)

Akropolis wind quintet plays an aleatoric music game created by Rachel Davis (Performing Arts '22)

Akropolis wind quintet plays an aleatoric music game created by Rachel Davis (Performing Arts '22) (Credit: A E Thomas)

Akropolis wind quintet plays an aleatoric music game created by Rachel Davis (Performing Arts '22)

Akropolis wind quintet plays an aleatoric music game created by Rachel Davis (Performing Arts '22) (Credit: A E Thomas)

Akropolis wind quintet plays an aleatoric music game created by Rachel Davis (Performing Arts '22)

Akropolis wind quintet plays an aleatoric music game created by Rachel Davis (Performing Arts '22) (Credit: A E Thomas)

Akropolis wind quintet plays an aleatoric music game created by Rachel Davis (Performing Arts '22)

Akropolis wind quintet plays an aleatoric music game created by Rachel Davis (Performing Arts '22) (Credit: A E Thomas)

Students in Music in Global Context on a field trip to University of Richmond, August 2022.

Students in Music in Global Context on a field trip to University of Richmond, August 2022. (Credit: A E Thomas)


Music Events

Escape. Connect. Reflect.

Sweet Briar College will host the 2nd annual Sweet Briar Summer: Arts and Writing Retreat on June 27-30, 2024. This event will feature 3-day hands-on workshops held on the beautiful Sweet Briar campus, with lodging and meals included.

The classes will be led by distinguished Sweet Briar faculty as well as visiting professional artists. Along with immersive learning experiences, you’ll be treated to jazz and refreshments on the Dell, a trip to an award-winning, local winery, and gentle hikes on our miles of wooded trails.

To learn more and to register, visit our website here.

Escape. Connect. Reflect.

Sweet Briar College will host the 2nd annual Sweet Briar Summer: Arts and Writing Retreat on June 27-30, 2024. This event will feature 3-day hands-on workshops held on the beautiful Sweet Briar campus, with lodging and meals included.

The classes will be led by distinguished Sweet Briar faculty as well as visiting professional artists. Along with immersive learning experiences, you’ll be treated to jazz and refreshments on the Dell, a trip to an award-winning, local winery, and gentle hikes on our miles of wooded trails.

To learn more and to register, visit our website here.

Join us for a concert of instrumental and vocal works by 19th-20th century composers performed by Bellezza Chamber Ensemble. Performers include Brian Mesko, guitarist; Dr. Samuel Wellman, piano; Alycia Hugo, flute; and Dr. John W. Hugo, tenor.

This event is free and open to the public. 

 

(Photo by Ranurte)

 

Join us for a music recital featuring Sweet Briar Music and Arts faculty. This event is free and open to the public.


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Music and Philosophy Students Travel to Vienna

During the Spring 2023 3-week term, two classes traveled together to Vienna to make connections between music, art, and philosophy. They saw operas, concerts of historical and contemporary music, and visited museums.

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It’s not every day that a composer’s style combines Philip Glass and Beck and yet, that’s exactly what music professor Joshua Harris does. And now, his creativity and innovation have been recognized by the Barlow Endowment at Brigham Young University: he’s been commissioned to compose a new piece for Hub New Music next year.

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