Music Programs

Southwest Virginia Community College Music Program

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

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SWCC Announces 2016 Music Program Graduates


The 2016 SWCC Music Program graduates are: (front row)Ashton Hicks, Rachel Patterson, Alexandra Wolfe, Emily Messer, Peyton Gilmer (back row) Samuel Mallory, Dr. Joseph Trivette, and Jacob Aguiar.

Dr. Joseph Trivette, the Gaynelle Lockhart Albert Endowed Chair of Music at Southwest Virginia Community College is proud to present 2016 Music Program graduates.

Graduating in 2016 with Associates in Arts with Music Specialization were six students, Jacob Aguiar, Peyton Gilmer, Samuel Mallory, Emily Messer, Rachel Patterson, and Alexandra Wolfe. All of these graduates have been accepted and will study music at the university level this fall.

                Jacob Aguiar grew up in New Jersey, but his family has resided in Bluefield for the last several years. Jacob is a very talented classical guitarist, but found a love of jazz guitar as well after being introduced to it by Dr. Trivette who encouraged him to play with the SWCC Jazz Ensemble.  While in the Jazz Ensemble, he traveled with the group to New York City for a clinic at Lincoln Center and enjoyed monthly engagements at Heartwood in Abingdon. Jacob also sang in the SWCC Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Community Chorus. Jacob looks forward to continuing his studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

                Peyton Gilmer, from Lebanon, Virginia is a 2016 Cum Laude graduate of SWCC and will transfer to Radford University this fall to pursue a degree in Music Education. She is the daughter of David and Betty “Boo” Gilmer. She has been an asset to the Community Chorus and Jazz Vocal Ensemble at Southwest and enjoyed a trip this spring to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Gilmer credits the music program with helping her develop strength and support as a singer. She enjoyed performing in many events at SWCC including the Camerata Virtuosi, New York Chamber Concerts. Peyton is looking forward to new experiences at Radford University as she continues her studies in music there this fall.

                 Samuel Mallory currently resides in Tazewell, VA. He is the son of Rick and Laura Mallory . His experiences while at SWCC include attending the American Choral Directors’ Association conference in March 2014, the Summer Music Course in Spain in August 2014, and performing at Carnegie Hall in April 2016. Samuel was an integral member of the SWCC Community Chorus and Jazz Vocal Ensemble and served as soloist with both groups. While at SWCC, he learned a wide range of musical skills including guitar, trombone, and piano and enjoyed discovering the science and structure of music in Music Theory classes. He is a 2016 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Southwest Virginia Community College and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  He will transfer to Liberty University this fall where he will continue his studies toward a Bachelor of Science in Music. His strong baritone voice and engaging demeanor on stage will be an asset at his new institution.

                 Emily Messer is a graduate of Richlands High School and was an integral part of their band program. As she transitioned to study at Southwest, not only did her talents grow, but so did her confidence. Clarinet is her major instrument, but when the need arose for someone to play saxophone, she took it on as a challenge and did so with much success. Emily was a conscientious student and musician and she always exhibited a helpful spirit. While at SWCC, she enjoyed playing in the Jazz Ensemble, Clarinet Quartet and singing in the Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Community Chorus. Emily will continue her music studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

                 Rachel Patterson is a native of Tazewell County, Virginia having grown up in beautiful Thompson Valley, the daughter of Dennis and Crystal Patterson.  While studying at Southwest, her talents and musicianship have grown and strengthened. She credits her experiences at SWCC with helping her develop confidence both as a musician and in social settings.  Rachel is a 2016 Magna Cum Laude graduate of SWCC, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. While at SWCC, she was a soloist with the SWCC Community Chorus and Southwest Virginia Children’s Choir and performed accompanied by the Camerata Virtuosi, New York. She attended the Summer Music Course in Spain in August 2014, and performed at Carnegie Hall in April 2016. She will continue her music studies in voice at Liberty University this fall where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in music education.

                 Alexandra Wolfe is a native of Somerville, NJ but has been a resident of North Tazewell, Virginia for some time.  She exhibits an incredible work ethic as a scholar and musician. Alexandra’s talents on classical guitar have been enjoyed not only at Southwest Virginia Community College, but in the surrounding area at chamber events. While at SWCC, she learned and blossomed as a pianist as well, but her favorite class was Music Theory.  She is grateful for the entire experience in the music program. Alexandra states, “I learned so much that could be applied to music, but also to life as well. I also loved that we got to travel and play at different places outside of the college. Dr. Trivette and the music program at Southwest gave me so many opportunities to experience different types of music and to play alongside professionals.” Alexandra will be an asset at Appalachian State University where she will continue her studies in music.

Dr. Trivette states, “It has been a privilege to be a part of the musical education of these students. We are very proud of these individuals and are looking forward to hearing great things from them in the near future. It has been a pleasure to work with them and watch their development as musicians and scholars.”


To find out more about the SWCC music program, contact Dr. Joseph Trivette at 276.964.7381.

SWCC Community Chorus and Children’s Choir

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


Community Chorus & Children’s Chorus Christmas 2016

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Children’s Chorus – Duke University Performance


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