Music Programs

SWCC Community Chorus and Children’s Choir

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.

The Community Chorus and the Children’s Choir will perform on Sunday, December 7 at 3pm in the King CC Gym.
For information about the Music Programs at SWCC contact:
Dr. Joseph Trivette, Community Center, Room 171, 276.964.7381,

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The Southwest Virginia Community College Music Program is pleased to announce “Jazz – America’s Music,” a Jazz Finale Concert to be held on Saturday, November 15th at 12:00 p.m. in the Mary White Lawson Auditorium of the King Community Center.

Joseph Trivette, SWCC’s Gaynelle Lockhart Albert Endowed Chair of Music, states that he is very excited about the upcoming concert. “Rarely do audiences get a chance to experience live Jazz performed on this level. It is an honor for me as a pianist to perform with these musicians and I hope everyone takes advantage of this exciting musical opportunity.”

The musicians Trivette is referring to include five of the finest on the east coast.

Matt Vance, saxophonist from Jacksonville, FL, has performed with Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, and Manhattan Transfer.

Rich Willey, trumpeter from Asheville, NC, has performed as the “Jazz Chair” with Maynard Ferguson and Mel Torme.

Dave Morgan, percussionist and singer from Fancy Gap, VA, has performed extensively working with Bob Hope, Guy Lombardo, and Sandy Patti.

Matt Kendrick, bassist from Winston-Salem, NC, has appeared with Marian McPartland, Gene Bertoncini, and JoAnne Brackeen.

Rick Simerly, trombonist from eastern Tennessee, has toured with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and has played in the bands of Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Woody Herman, and Buddy Morrow among many others.

Trivette comments “to detail the biographies and credentials of these five musicians would require a book rather than a paragraph; I will simply reiterate that there that there are no finer jazz musicians anywhere around.”

Trivette further explains that this concert will trace the styles of Jazz including Dixieland from New Orleans, Swing hits like “Take the A Train” from New York, and Latin pieces from around the globe. A special treat this Saturday – the professional musicians will be joined by area middle school students performing to Big Band selections.

Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information concerning tickets, please contact Dr. Joseph Trivette at 276-964-7381.

Unique Musical Event – Quarreling Quartets Recital

swcc music quarreling quartetsThe Music Program of Southwest under the directorship of Dr. Joseph Trivette, Albert Endowed Chair of Music, is pleased to invite the public to a unique musical event. The “Quarreling Quartets” of SWCC will perform their first-ever recital on Tuesday, November 4, at 7:00 pm in the Mary White Lawson Auditorium of King Community Center.

“Quarreling Quartets” features the SWCC Brass Quartet under the conductorship of Dr. Andy Necessary and the SWCC Clarinet Quartet conducted by Dr.Trivette. Along with Necessary on tuba, the Brass ensemble includes music majors Amber Cox and Sarah Rose on trumpet, and Ryan Dye on trombone. Joining Trivette in the Clarinet ensemble are music majors Ashton Hicks, Emily Rose, and Emily Messer.

Clarinet pieces range from Bizet’s Habanera from the opera Carmen to the traditional Down by the Riverside. Other woodwind highlights are the Mozart Serenade in G and two Bach chorales.

Meanwhile, the brass program will feature Mouret’s Rondeau and Passerreau’s Beauty and Truth as well as Tchaikovsky’s Legend. The two quartets will combine forces to peform the Schubert March Militaire and the traditional When the Saints Go Marching In.

In the style of “Dueling Banjos,” the two quartets will alternate performances throughout the recital. As Trivette states, “this is a brand-new format for us, inspired by the fact that current music majors include the personnel for full brass quartet and clarinet quartet. Dr. Necessary and I are delighted to join these students in a unique and entertaining evening of music.” The recital is free to the public.

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

The Community Chorus and the Children’s Choir will perform on Sunday, December 7 at 3pm in the King CC Gym.


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