Music - Experience the Music! Newberry College’s nationally accredited (NASM) Department of Music is perfect for aspiring music performers, music teachers, and church musicians. We strive to prepare students for future careers in all areas of music. With a low student-to-faculty ratio, and an outstanding faculty of active performers who are also experienced teachers, every student receives the kind of personalized, attentive instruction that is essential to developing one's musical talent to the fullest. The Alumni Music Center recently renovated its front lobby and recital hall as the beginning of an initiative to improve the resources for Newberry’s Music Department. Currently the Center houses a 150-seat recital hall, practice rooms, a band room, offices, and classrooms.

Don't Miss These Notes
  • Dr. Jerry Gatch has been introduced as Associate Professor of Music and our new Director of Bands.  Dr. Gatch joins Newberry after a distinguished 28 year career leading Lexington and Richland school district bands, and since 2002 has served as the conductor of the South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.  Dr. Gatch received his D.M.A. in Conducting from the University of South Carolina in 2005. Dr. Gatch takes this new position officially in August 2014.
  • Dr. Arthur Haecker has been serving as our Interim Director of Bands for the 2013 - 2014 school year.  We are all very appreciative of his service. He is a professional trombonist and was instrumental in the success of our Jazz Festival and the SC All-State Jazz weekend all held on our campus early March.
  • An upcoming concert on April 8th in Wiles Chapel at 7:30pm ~ The Newberry College Singers are performing the Faure Requiem with choirs from Chapin HS, accompanied by Dr. Robert Hawkins. Soloists for the work will be Dr. Chris Sheppard, baritone, and Elizabeth Chastain, soprano. 
  • Join us for the opening  concert of the Newberry Civic Orchestra on April 9th at 8:00pm in the Newberry Opera House.
  • On April 11th at 8:00pm the Newberry College Madrigals will perform 'Old and New' featuring music from the 16th and 20th-21st centuries. All of the pieces utilize characteristics that we tend to associate with the opposite era. Composers include Hassler, Gesualdo, and Randall Thompson, along with some modern version of familiar folksongs and hymns. The centerpiece of the concert will be Britten’s Festival Te Deum, with Dr. Robert Hawkins assisting on the organ.
  • April and May concerts are shaping up to be exciting events to include student recitals, faculty recitals and the beloved Jazz on the Lawn.  Check out our performance calendar for the remainer of the Spring semester.



 In October of 2013, St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Lexington, SC, celebrated Newberry College Month.  NC Musicians and faculty were on hand for each service.  On October 6th, Dr. Allyss and Dr. Artie Haecker provided vocal and trombone selections followed by Dr. Chris Sheppard, baritone, on October 13th.  Dr. Victor Vallo and his wife Thalia enhanced each of the two Sunday services on October 20th with trumpet and violin selections.   The month long celebration culminated on Reformation Sunday as the Newberry College Singers joined by the St. Stephen's choir opened the service with a "Praise The Lord Who Reigns Above" by Craig Courtney followed by a choral Psalm and music by our NC Madrigals during communion. 

Dr. Betsy M. McDowell (nursing), Jennifer Morrison (Education)Dr. Christine Wendland (Religion & Philosophy) and Matt Finley (Director of Athletics) provided the congregation with 'College Talk' information during each service about their respective departments.  Dr. Scherrens and his wife Dr. Sandy Scherrens joined the Reformation Celebration and provided a short video presentation about our College between the Sunday Services.  October 20th was NC Music Sunday with special emphasis on our Music Department and an opportunity to learn of the Dr. Sally Cherrington Beggs Scholarship as presented by her husband Dr. Mike Beggs.  Music ties to St. Stephens are strong as there has been a Newberry College graduate 'on the bench' there for some 75 years.  Sylvia Elkins Loonery (63) served SSLC for 45 years as organist/accompanist to be followed by James (Jim) Ingram (69), our the current organist, and assistants Janet Schmidt (69) and Bob Wingard(77).
An opportunity for special giving was provided each Sunday.  Thank You St. Stephen's for your generous gifts and support of your Newberry College.  A presentation of funds during the January Board of Trustee Meeting provided Newberry in excess of $6,000.

NEWBERRY COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE will be held March 29, 2014.   This is the perfect time to visit the campus, meet our music staff and see what the life of a college musician would be like!  Actually, you will be able to visit with any of the departments while on campus.


Mission Statement of the Department of Music

The Newberry College Department of Music, through a supportive student-oriented community, provides a comprehensive musical foundation from which students may pursue an ongoing involvement with music. The faculty and staff encourage the development of musicianship, creativity, critical thinking, leadership, and personal growth through instruction, performance, scholarship, and service. The Department of Music is dedicated to the aesthetic value of the musical arts and strives to ensure that Newberry College students remain passionate, lifelong advocates of music.

Department of Music graduates are prepared to participate and lead in a variety of levels in the field of music. Newberry music graduates include outstanding professional performers, and choral and instrumental music educators who lead excellent school music programs throughout the Southeast. Newberry music alumni have received graduate degrees in programs throughout the United States. Music Department graduates have also had successful careers in the music industry.

The Department of Music at Newberry College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Lindsey Holland