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Music instruction takes place in historic Presser Hall, where classrooms, studios, and rehearsal spaces are furnished with fine instruments and electronic equipment. Extensive renovations have transformed Presser Hall into a state-of-the-art music facility as well as an inviting space for study and relaxation. Hollins was named one of just a few "All-Steinway Schools" in Virginia following the arrival of seven instruments designed by the company regarded as the world's finest piano maker. The Rath Library and Listening Center contains over 15,000 discs, scores, and books for reference and study.


Presser Hall Presser Hall
Presser Hall Presser Hall
Presser Hall Presser Hall
Steinway Dedication

(photo, left to right)
: Andy Lyford, piano technician; Cara Modisett, guest artist; Melia Garber, piano faculty & HAM (Hollins Academy of Music instructor); Barbara Mackin, piano faculty & HAM; Kerry Morgiewicz, HAM and concert choir accompanist; Judith Cline, voice faculty and chair of the music department; Jeff Kresge, trumpet faculty
Talmadge Recital Hall, with two Steinway grand pianos, is widely known for its admirable acoustics and is ideal for performances of piano, vocal, and chamber music.

On March 6, 2011, the Department of Music welcomed our Steinway Model D piano to Talmadge Recital Hall. It is one of the last instruments signed by Henry Z. Steinway (1915-2008), great-grandson of the company’s founder. Each Steinway grand piano takes nearly a year to create. Steinway is dedicated to the ideal of making the finest pianos in the world. In July 2013, after Hollins received the designation of an "All-Steinway School," five grand pianos and two upright pianos were delivered to Presser Hall. Hollins has joined George Mason University, James Madison University, Radford University, and Episcopal High School in Alexandria as Virginia’s only "All-Steinway Schools."

Through the generosity of the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust, the Department of Music is honored to be able to provide our students, faculty, and visiting artists this instrument of exceptional quality for generations to come.


Holtkamp organ in duPont Chapel The 45-rank, three-manual Holtkamp organ in duPont Chapel is featured in the international encyclopedia Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Also in duPont Chapel are a Dowd harpsichord and a 47-bell carillon cast in France by Paccard.