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Chair of Music and Professor: Victor Vallo
Professors: Richard Greene, Wendy Mullen, Gregory Pepetone, and Patti Tolbert
Associate Professor: Maureen Horgan and Jennifer Flory
Assistant Professors: Daniel Auerbach and James Croson
Staff Accompanist: Lev Ryabinin

Department Contact Information:
Georgia College & State University
Music Department
Campus Box 66
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Music Department Web site
Chair, Victor Vallo,
Senior Secretary, Denise Forehand,


The Georgia College & State University Department of Music is dedicated to developing and maintaining an excellent learning and production environment for those who are committed to the performing arts. We seek to offer curricula which will provide both a competitive advantage for our students as they seek entry into the larger cultural community; and an outlet for their creative and interpretive energies in their pursuit of a more meaningful appreciation of our society and the human spirit.

To the larger community we pledge ourselves to the advancement of cultural activities of a wide diversity through performances and productions by students, faculty, artists-in-residence and visiting artists/productions.


Our music programs are based upon a comprehensive musicianship that begins in the classroom and blossoms on the concert stage. Our guest artist series provides a variety of guest artists in performance, and with whom the students "learn by doing." There are many opportunities for students to perform in solo and ensemble settings and to integrate their academic experience with professional activity.


The music education program at GCSU anchors itself in several strong foundations: the Conceptual Framework of the John H. Lounsbury College of Education; full accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); and the liberal arts mission of the University. Students successfully completing the program are eligible for initial certification in teaching by the state of Georgia and are fully prepared to enter the profession as competent and caring music educators.


The Department also offers opportunities through its vocal and instrumental ensembles, and music theatre productions for all those on campus who are interested in the performing arts. The minor in Music develop the skills and appreciation leading to a satisfying life-long avocation in the arts. By providing performance experiences to complement intellectual learning, the department seeks to enhance the University's Liberal Arts mission. A rich cultural arts calendar of recitals, theatre, and dance productions, featuring resident as well as visiting scholar/performers, enhances the aesthetic dimension of student life and the community at large.


Earning a college degree is a significant milestone in one's life and requires a tremendous dedication to one's studies. In order to enable students to achieve this goal, we dedicate ourselves to developing measures that help ensure student success in our department's programs. This process begins with the First-Year Academic Seminar (MUSC 0001), in which students are introduced to the faculty and other students who make up the departmental community. First-year students join together for an overview of the subject matter covered in the major, explore career possibilities, and to develop techniques for getting the most out of your college courses and activities. You will also learn about departmental and university expectations, policies, and resources. Because the college experience at GCSU is more intense than at many other schools, we have designed each curriculum to help students each step of the way. In addition, we are committed to offering the courses necessary to ensure that students who follow the program of study will graduate in four years. Toward that end we have developed a typical four-year program of study that serves as a guide for students' schedules each term, specifies required courses and recommended sequencing of courses, and advises students to enroll in an average of 30 semester hours each year. Students who follow the recommended program of study will graduate in four years.


Georgia College & State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The Music Education Program is also accredited by the Professional Standards Commission of the Georgia Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Georgia College & State University • 231 W. Hancock St. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 • 1-800-342-0471 ; (478)445-5004 •