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Hollins Academy of Music Recital Dates

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 4:00 p.m., Talmadge Recital Hall

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 4:00 p.m., Talmadge Recital Hall

Preparatory division students

Hollins Academy of Music offers group and individual lessons to beginners, intermediate, and advanced students of all ages, including adults.

The goal of the Hollins Academy of Music is to provide our students with a strong musical education in a community atmosphere. Our environment is wonderfully suited for teaching. We have a beautiful campus setting, close proximity to Talmadge Recital Hall, and each piano studio is equipped with two pianos.

Hollins University offers:

  • Student recitals in Talmadge Hall
  • Opportunities to perform in master classes and group lessons
  • Community and out-of-town musical contacts
  • Performances in area and state auditions for qualified students
  • Assistance in college placement for music majors
  • Periodic progress and repertoire reports
  • Use of Presser Hall practice rooms
  • Use of the Rath Library and Listening Center, with its comprehensive collection of scores, reference works, and recordings


Junior Piano Competition

Meagan GilletteThe Hollins University Academy of Music held a Junior Piano Competition on Saturday, January 26, 2013, in Talmadge Recital Hall. Meagan Gillette (left) of Roanoke won the competition. She is in the 6th grade at Hidden Valley Middle School and has studied piano since the age of six. Meagan performed with the Valley Chamber Orchestra on April 21.





For purposes of placement and scheduling, an interview and audition is required of prospective students. An audition fee of $10.00 is payable at the time of the audition to the teacher who conducts it.

Prospective students who are not beginners should be prepared to play pieces recently learned and to perform brief sight-reading exercises. A listing of music materials previously studied is also helpful. Beginners require no special preparation.

Due to scheduling and teacher load, sometimes immediate placement is not possible. A waiting list is kept on file, and prospective students on the waiting list are notified as openings occur.

Should you wish to arrange an audition, please complete the accompanying registration form and send it to Ms. Kerry Morgiewicz, Hollins University, P.O. Box 9643, Department of Music, Roanoke, VA 24020.


School year

Private lessons in the academy are taught during 14-week fall and spring semesters. Individual teachers may choose to substitute a group performance class for private lessons just prior to scheduled preparatory recitals. Private lessons may be one hour, 45 minutes, or 30 minutes in length; the appropriate lesson length is determined by the teacher. Beginning students can take group lessons for a total of four semesters before they start private lessons or can begin with private lessons. Group lessons start the last week of August. The first semester begins in September, the second in January. Schedules for individual teachers may vary slightly; detailed information regarding opening and closing dates and holiday breaks is provided directly by each teacher.

For students making satisfactory progress, the teacher reserves a place during the following semester. It is requested that if for any reason a student expects to discontinue lessons, the teacher be notified as early as possible.



Melia Garber, Barbara Mackin, Kerry Morgiewicz



While academy of music teachers will make up any appointment they are unable to meet, it is not possible to reschedule student lessons. Notification of inability to attend a lesson is a courtesy much appreciated by the teacher. Frequent cancellation of lessons by the student can lead to the termination of study at the end of the semester.

Serious daily practice is essential for satisfactory progress in music study. Parents should consult with individual teachers for appropriate practice guidelines.

Parents are welcome to arrange for studio visits during lessons. Progress reports, showing repertoire and technique covered during each semester, are sent to parents or adult students at the end of each semester.



Enrollment for academy of music study is by semester only, and tuition for each semester is due in full at the beginning of the term. Billing is processed by the Hollins University Business Office, to which all questions regarding billing or payment should be directed. Tuition may not be prorated for students starting late, nor may any portion be refunded for early withdrawal during the term.

Each semester's tuition covers instruction during the 14-week term, with fees adjusted according to the length of the lesson. A schedule of tuition fees is available separately.

Schedule of Fees (14-week term):

  • 30-minute lesson: $270.00
  • 45-minute lesson: $405.00
  • 60-minute lesson: $540.00

Enrollment in beginning group classes must be made by specific arrangement with Ms. Morgiewicz. If interested in this option, please indicate on the application form.

All checks should be made payable to Hollins University and mailed to the Cashier's Office [Cashier, Business Office, Hollins University, P. O. Box 9658, Roanoke, VA 24020]. The full tuition amount is due at the beginning of each semester. Enrollment is by semester only; the full semester fee can neither be prorated nor refunded in whole or in part.

For further information, contact Kerry Morgiewicz, faculty member, at (540) 362-6512 or kmorgiewicz@hollins.edu or Candy Phillips, music department secretary, at (540) 362-6511, or mail inquiries to Hollins University, P.O. Box 9643, Roanoke, VA 24020.