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.

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  • Alumni Singers and Band Members - The Sounds of Newberry College theme has been adopted for Homecoming 2014.  See the schedule of events and register.  Come be part of the music experience on Saturday, October 18.  Let us know you are coming by contacting Jeff Wicker '02 ( and tell us what part you will sing or what instrument you will play (yours or ours?).  Jeff is our Alumni Coordinator.  We will have your music ready under the big tent!
  • Dr. Sarah Masterson has joined our faculty as professor of Piano and Theory!
  • Dr. Jerry Gatch , Associate Professor of Music, is 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.
  • Stephanie Beinlich is our new Adjunct Vocal Instruction beginning fall 2014. 
  • Chris Imhoff and Neil Duncan join our instrumental faculty starting 2014
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  • More Audition Information for 2014 - 2015.
  • Alisa Dunovant and Elizabeth Chastain receive the 2014 Outstanding Senior Music Major Award. This award is presented for excellence in musicianship, leadership, and scholarship.
  • The Department of Music Service Award receipients for 2014 are Danielle Wills and James Boatwright.  This award is presented for consistent service and outstanding contributions. 
  • Visit our new Retired Music Faculty Web Page.  Our retired faculty provide a unique history of Newberry College Music.
  • Did you know we have a Guitar Ensemble? Check out our Ensemble Groups.
  • Become a member of the Newberry College 'Friends of Music'.  This is a new and exciting way to be an extension of NC Music in your area. 
  • ATTENTION MUSIC DIRECTORS, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS and PARENTS!  Learn more about our Music Leader Day becoming Performing and Visual Arts Scholarship Day coming October 2014.
  • Our Music Newsletters are now available on-line. Our 2012-2013 Music Department Newsletter is now available on-line.  A special section of the Summer/Fall 2013 Dimensions features our Music Department to include early history of the Newberry College Singers and Jazz Band.  An insert is provided in our Newsletter filing cabinet. All of these links open in a new window.
  • Jim Ingram is the 2012 and 2014 recipient of the Department of Music Alumni Service Award.  It was presented for 'his most outstanding dedication and service to Newberry College and the Department of Music'. The Music faculty and Dr. Scherrens further honored Jim by renaming this prestigious award the: "James  W. Ingram, Jr. Music Alumni Award."   Thank you, Jim, for your contribution in always making a positive difference at Newberry College.

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