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We prepare our students to excel in the musically inclusive world of the 21st century by honoring the past, reveling in the now, and forging the future. We are one of just fifty-one colleges and universities listed as a Best Music School in the country for 2013 by In Tune Monthly. The important music education magazine has recognized Catawba as "one of the fastest growing music programs in the country." This is the fifth year in a row that In Tune has recognized Catawba. Read more »
Our MISSION & GOALS
To inspire continual artistic growth and professional renewal to serve as leaders in the musical world of the 21st century. We offer a richly diverse and inclusive curriculum that leads each student to develop his or her personal artistic vision while embracing our commitment to liberal studies. Read more »
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POP GOES THE MUSIC! July 29, 2013
is a FREE one-day continuing education workshop for K-12 educators to learn strategies for introducing popular music into their schools. Read more »
Dennis Reed Performs at Democratic Convention 2006 graduate Dennis Reed and current Catawba Young Artist in Residence Dennis Reed and members of his nonprofit organization Inspire the Fire performed on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, September 6th. They shared the stage with Carolina music legend James Taylor in what the DNC described as a "tribute to the dynamic convention host state."
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Catawba Students Perform with American Idol's Jessica Sanchez
Fifteen Catawba music students performed as part of the gospel choir accompanying American Idol finalist and vocal phoneme Jessica Sanchez at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, September 5th.
2012 Catawba Pride Marching Band Takes
the Field Small school big band! In just its second year, the Catawba Pride is already reaching a level of musical maturity enjoyed by few college university marching bands in the Carolinas, regardless of size. Come join in on the fun! Read more »
Catawba Singers Rock the House
Opening convocations can sometimes be sleepy affairs but not at Catawba! New Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Jim Shepherd, and the Catawba Singers made sure of that. By the end of their rendition of "Praise His Holy Name," the entire chapel was on its feet swaying and clapping along.
Catawba Popular Music Students Take Nashville by Storm Members of Catawba's Vernaculars All Stars closed the student showcase at the annual conference of the Association for Popular Music Education in Nashville this June. The performance also included talented students from the University of Miami, Belmont, and the Nashville's own Contemporary Music Center.
Dennis Reed on America's Got Talent
2006 graduate Dennis Reed and current Catawba Young Artist in Residence Dennis Reed reached the quarter finals in this summer's America's Got Talent. Appearing with members of his nonprofit Inspire the Fire, Reed's break out performance had AGT judge Howie Mandel proclaiming, "It's phenomenal!"
All 2012 Music Education Graduates Land Positions Graduates of Catawba's Music Education degree concentration continue to enjoy a high placement rate in their field. In fact, all three of our 2012 graduates are already finding success. Melanie Hudson has just been hired as Band Director for North Wlikes Middle and High Schools, Brent Messenger is serving as Assistant Band Director for A. L. Brown High, and William "Doug" Crawford is a new general music teacher at Cox Mill Elementary You can't do better than that!
Catawba Student Interns at Nashville's Soundcheck
Where do you rehearse before you take your tour on the road if you're a major act like the Black Keys or Lady Antebellum? Where do store an 8-foot red solo cup stage prop if you're Keith Urban? There's only one answer to both questions: Soundcheck. Senior popular music and music business student Michelle Lescure knows firsthand, having just completed her internship at the Nashville branch of this important music industry company. It's just one of the topflight internships Catawba students regularly land.
New Popular Students Perform on Showcase
Each school year, Catawba's Artist Development Program kicks off with a New Artist Showcase featuring Freshmen and transfer students. The 2012 show spotlighted the college's largest incoming class, performing everything from indie rock and country to Irish pub sounds and even screamo.
Community Music Forges Ahead
Catawba's Community Music Program has a new director, Jacob Hahn, and new offerings for children, adults, and senior citizens!
Read more »Join the Harry Chapin Campaign Make a contribution towards the Harry Chapin endowed scholarship, which will go to talented young individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to social activism/community service and plan to study music at Catawba. Read more »