You are a musician.

Music is your passion and your vehicle for self-expression. You are discovering your talent and are working diligently to develop your musical skills.

Lander’s music program offers the individual attention necessary to help you achieve your goals. Our music curriculum is designed to heighten your musical awareness and to cultivate your appreciation for the broadest possible spectrum of music. You will study the works of master musicians from all stylistic periods. You will be given the opportunity to perform as a soloist and as a member of one university singers studentof our preeminent ensembles.

You will work closely with experienced and nationally recognized faculty, all of whom are more than just skilled educators. They are also performing musicians and scholars. Lander’s music faculty includes pianists who have performed for audiences around the world, instrumentalists who have appeared with critically acclaimed bands and symphonies, conductors who have premiered works on artist recordings, and vocalists who have sung in professional choirs, opera, and musical theatre companies.

The Department of Music is housed in the university’s Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center, a complex which includes a state-of-the-art 680-seat auditorium, a 100-seat Barksdale Recital Hall, and instrumental and choral rehearsal halls. Facilities also include a digital piano and computer lab, an ever-growing music library, well-equipped practice rooms, chamber rehearsal spaces, and smart classrooms.

What makes our program unique?

  • Lander music majors have performed in on-campus master classes offered by musical greats such as jazz violinist Regina Carter, pianist Olga Kern, the American Brass Quintet and Synergy Brass.
  • Lander's premier music ensembles and soloists are featured annually in a Collage Concert, a dynamic musical presentation of rapid-fire performances from stage right, stage left, off stage and center stage.
  • Hundreds of students from high schools all over South Carolina participate each year in the Lander Choral Festival.
  • Students can explore music's impact on American and foreign culture by visiting arts and cultural centers in the U.S. and abroad.
  • The Department of Music received recognition for an Outstanding Job Shadowing Experience from the South Carolina Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technology Education at the South Carolina Education and Business Summit.