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
  • Welcome members of the Scarlet Spirit Marching Band as you arrive on Campus in August!  You are part of the largest performing musical ensemble at Newberry College.  Our Marching Band Camp starts August 15.
  • Dr. Sarah Masterson has joined our faculty as professor of Piano and Theory!
  • 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.
  • Stephanie Beinlich is our new Adjunct Vocal Instruction beginning fall 2014. 
  • Chris Imhoff and Neil Duncan join our instrumental faculty starting 2014
  • Audition Dates and 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.
  • Alisa is a native of Lexington, SC. She graduated from Lexington High School in 2010 and received her degree from Newberry College in May 2014. While at Newberry College, Ms. Dunovant double majored in Music Education and Psychology. She was well known in the Music Department for serving as the Scarlet Spirit Marching Band Drum Major during her sophomore, junior, and senior years. In addition, she performed as the Jazz Big Band Lead Alto Saxophonist and shared stages with renowned artists such as Chris Vadala and Conrad Herwig. Apart from these two ensembles, she enjoyed playing bassoon in the Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, and Woodwind Trio. Furthermore, Ms. Dunovant was a vocalist in the Newberry College Singers and Madrigals and performed in multiple Composer Series Concerts. 
    Alisa is also recognized as a promising student in Psychology as she graduates with a 4.0 GPA.  In the psychology department, she participated in the SMART –Summer Mentoring and Research Training Program where she completed research on “sarcasm.” She was the first student from Newberry College to present research at the Southeastern Psychological Association, a national conference held in Nashville, TN. She hopes to someday attend graduate school in Clinical Psychology.
    During the Spring Awards Convocation, Ms. Dunovant was awarded the Student Teacher of the Year award in addition to receiving the Outstanding Senior Music Major award and being inducted into the Bachman Honor Society. She has accepted the position of Director of Bands at Blythewood Middle School in the Columbia area.  

  • Elizabeth is from Chapin South Carolina.  She graduated from Chapin High School in 2010, and attended Newberry College the following fall.  She majored in Music Education Major, and studied voice under Dr. Allyss Haecker.  While at Newberry, Elizabeth was a member of the Newberry College Singers, Madrigals, Symphonic Band, and the Scarlet Spirit Marching Band.  She was also the vocalist for the Newberry College Jazz Band under the direction of Bill Long and Dr. Arthur Haecker.  She also stared in two productions with the Newberry College Theater Department.  Elizabeth played the role of Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, 2010 and Cinderella in Into the Woods, 2012.  Elizabeth is also a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.  She would like to thank her professors for their support in her pursuit of a degree.  Elizabeth would also like to give a special thanks to Mrs. Dawn Driggers, and her parents Mary Ann and Tony Chastain for all of their love and support.

  • The Department of Music Service Award receipients for 2014 areDanielle 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