Music Programs

From workshops and events featuring some of the nation’s finest musicians to numerous opportunities to participate and enjoy the sounds of the SWCC Ensembles and the Community Chorus, the Music Department at Southwest is a pleasure for all music lovers.

For information about the Music Programs at SWCC contact:
Dr. Joseph Trivette, Community Center, Room 171, 276.964.7381,

AA&S, General Studies in Music, Program Description

Career Studies Certificate in Traditional Music, Program Description

SWCC Community Chorus

The Community Chorus begins practice each fall in September and is active in providing choral programs for holiday and special events in the Community throughout the year. Enroll in MUS 137, Chorus, a 1 credit class.

The Chorus meets for practice beginning in September each Monday from 7-9 pm, Music Room, King Community Center


Stars of Southwest Virginia Gala Concert Saturday, May 17, at 6:30 pm.


SWCC Community Chorus

The Music Program of Southwest Virginia Community College is pleased to announce “Stars of Southwest Virginia,” a showcase concert featuring all music ensembles associated with SWCC. This first-ever gala event will feature the SWCC Community Chorus and Southwest Virginia Children’s Choir performing both separately and together, as well as ensembles including Jazz Band, Jazz Vocal, Wind Ensemble, and Brass Quintet. 

In addition, individual music majors will perform on their respective instruments including piano, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, percussion, and voice. “Stars of Southwest Virginia” will take place in the gymnasium of King Community Center at Southwest Virginia Community College on Saturday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. under the directorship of Dr. Joseph Trivette, SWCC’s Albert Endowed Chair of Music. He will be assisted by Dr. Andrew Necessary, director of Wind Ensemble and Brass Quintet.

Accompanists will include Dr. Joby Bell of Appalachian State University on organ, Mrs. Lenel Dell and Mrs. Nakeesha Jackson on piano. Trivette comments, “for several years, I have wanted to place on the same concert stage each of the music students and ensembles that I have the opportunity to work with through the SWCC Music Program. I believe that we have audiences who have heard one or two of our ensembles but not been treated to the others, and who will be amazed at the variety of musicianship that exists among our ensembles and individual music majors. I am excited about this opportunity to showcase all of our musicians in one gala event. My message to music-lovers of Southwest Virginia is that this concert is not to be missed!”

Childrens Choir

Southwest Virginia Children’s Choir

For this unique event, the audience will be treated to non-stop music alternating among various ensembles and utilizing two stages. Borrowing from the popular lyric “the hills are alive with the sound of music,” the opening choral number establishes this theme for the evening.

SWCC Professor Brian Wright will service as narrator, leading the audience through recognition that the “sound of music” honors God, celebrates the joy of life, connects with the soul of life, creates the movement of life, and infuses all of life. As various ensembles and performers take the stage, musical moods will range from rousing to introspective, “from rock to Bach,” reflecting the musical light of so many Stars of Southwest Virginia. Admission to “Stars of Southwest Virginia” is $5. Tickets may be purchased from music students and ensemble members, or at the door.


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