Music Program Graduates

SWCC 2018 Music Program Graduates

The Music Program at Southwest Virginia Community College graduated six students in 2018. These students earned an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies with a Music Specialization. The graduates are Tracey Brooks, Hannah Burks, Bethany Dye, Tyler Stilwell, and Hunter Sparks.
2018 music program graduates

Graduates l-r Tracey Brooks, Hannah Burks, Bethany Dye, Tyler Stilwell, and Hunter Sparks.

Tracey Brooks, a native of Lebanon, Virginia actually graduated in 2017 with her Associate of Arts degree, but stayed at SWCC through the 2018 academic year to complete a specialization in music. Tracey plans to ultimately pursue a career on the stage in musical theater. To help further her goals as a performer, she will attend City College of New York in New York City this fall. She is the daughter of Shannon and Tina Brooks.

Hannah Burks, who is from Belfast, Virginia is the daughter of Doug and Dawneda Burks. She exhibits talents with both her singing and her violin playing. She is focused on a career in education and plans to further her studies at Virginia Tech where she will participate in a program to earn her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in just 3 years after earning her associate’s degree at Southwest.

Bethany Dye is from Cleveland, Virginia and is the daughter of Wayne and Anita Dye. She has enjoyed being a voice student in the music program at SWCC for the last 2 years and the guidance provided there toward her career goals. Bethany will continue her studies at Radford University this fall where she has aspirations to study to become a music therapist.

Tyler Stilwell is from Thompson Valley in Tazewell County, Virginia. He is the son of Rocky and Theresa Stilwell. Tyler has been an asset to the music program during his time at SWCC. He plans to continue his education at a four year university with aspirations of a career in church music next year. Tyler states that he really appreciates Dr. Trivette’s philosophy of teaching every student as if they were his child. He also is grateful for the opportunities afforded in the SWCC Music Program to perform in the area and to travel to perform in different places.

Hunter Sparks is from Tazewell, Virginia and is the son of Willie and Paula Sparks. He entered the music program a few years ago and has blossomed as a performer on several instruments. He came in as a guitar player, became a great classical pianist, and has found his passion playing jazz bass. He is continuing to hone his skills and plans to continue his studies in piano and jazz bass. He is currently weighing his options as to where he will continue his education.

Dr. Joseph Trivette, the Gaynelle Lockhart Albert Endowed Chair of Music administers the Music Program at Southwest Virginia Community College and teaches most of its classes. He says, “These students have worked diligently in this program. They have accomplished much, and I am looking forward to hearing great things about their future as musicians and individuals.”  For more information about the SWCC Music Program, please contact Dr. Trivette at or call (276)964-7381.

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