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Department of Music


Lisa Kinzer

Welcome to the Department of Music at Longwood! We invite you to explore our website.  2016-2017 promises to be a truly exciting year for us! 

In addition to welcoming a strong class of new music majors, we are now offering a Bachelor of Arts degree with an Emphasis in Piano Pedagogy, which will work in conjunction with our newly created community music program, the Longwood Center for Community Music.  As part of the Vice-presidential Debate activities, the music department will offer a panel discussion on the role music plays in a democratic society, an event supported by Provost, Joan Neff.  Academically, we are proud to provide personalized instruction and exceptional musical experiences for our students as we prepare them for a professional career or graduate study.

Our department also serves as a primary cultural resource for Central Virginia. Through concerts and outreach, we touch the lives of thousands in a large geographic area. Please join us at some of our upcoming events, such as the traditional Holiday Dinner and Concert, the concerts of the Chamber Music Series, ensemble concerts, and recitals by faculty and students.

It's an exciting time to be a music major at Longwood.  As chair, it's my privilege to work with the faculty, administration, staff, students, alumni, and patrons - all the people who are the program and share a vision for its excellence. Here's hoping we'll see you soon!

Lisa Kinzer, DMA

Music Department Chair



Dr. Lust named Faculty Emerita

The Department recognizes the 37-year career of Dr. Patricia Lust who retired this past year.  Dr. Lust wore many hats, as performer (soprano), voice teacher, music education specialist, creator and advisor for the music graduate program, and Department Chair for 7 years.  She also served in Continuing Studies and was Director of the Liberal Studies program at Longwood.  Her impact on Longwood and the music department has been tremendous. We wish her all the best in her retirement; she will be greatly missed.


Department welcomes Dr. Jackie Secoy

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of our new Music Education specialist, Dr. Jacqueline Secoy.  Dr. Secoy (Jackie), originally from Ohio, completed her PhD in Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she was an active member of UNCG Ukes and established "Uke for Two," a class for parent/guardian plus child participation.  With over 10 years of experience teaching music in the public schools, Dr. Secoy promises to be an excellent addition to our faculty!


The Longwood Department of Music is committed to training active and devoted educators and performers.

Our dedicated artist faculty strive to communicate a passion for music and its positive role in society.  Our teaching is founded on the kind of personalized faculty-student interaction typical of the finest liberal arts colleges.

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Music Department Newsletter

Find out what's happening now around the department!

Overtones, 2015 (online(pdf)


Why Choose Longwood for Music?  Ten Great Reasons:

1. Small classes! The average size of music classes is 15 or less. No huge classes in music theory or history.

2. All classes with professors, never inexperienced graduate students.

3. Our professors know your name on day one.

4. You’ll be part of a group of 20-25 first-year music students, not 150.

5. You’ll get to know all of the teachers, and they’ll all know you.

6. Open-door policy to students for practice rooms and the music building.

7. The faculty & fellow students attend your performances.

8.  Easy opportunities to work with professional accompanists.

9.  Attractive, easily walkable campus, with nice living facilities.

10.  Opportunities to explore new musical interests: percussion ensemble, a capella choirs, private lessons on another instrument, join a music fraternity or sorority, drumline, jazz bands, chamber vocal or instrumental groups--these are just a few of the possibilities!



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The Department of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. 



Undergraduate Degree Programs