Music Program Graduates

SWCC Music Program Graduates 6 Students

The Music Program at Southwest Virginia Community College graduated six students in 2017. These music program graduates earned an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies with a Music Specialization. The graduates pictured below with Dr. Joseph Trivette (center) are:  (back row) Joseph McNulty, Ethan Cooper, Amanda Aguiar, Caleb Guerard (front row) Samantha Gross, Kelsey Snow.

music program graduatesAmanda Aguiar is a resident of Bluefield and follows a legacy of two older brothers who completed the music program at Southwest. Amanda has shone brightly, however on her own. She entered as a violinist, but found her passion on jazz bass which she picked up out of a need in the program just 2 years ago. She has progressed very quickly and has been offered a scholarship to play jazz bass at University of North Carolina at Asheville where she will attend this fall. Amanda has performed in the SWCC Jazz Combo, Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Community Chorus, Wind Ensemble, and Chamber Ensembles and has accompanied the Southwest Virginia Children’s Choir.

Ethan Cooper hails from Grundy, VA. He is a talented musician who plays piano and an array of percussion instruments. For three years, he has balanced a double major in both the music program and the welding program at SWCC including playing and singing in the SWCC Jazz Combo, SWCC Community Chorus, SWCC Jazz Vocal Ensemble, and SWCC Wind Ensemble. He has been awarded the AAS in General Studies with Music Specialization and the SWCC Welding Certificate. Upon graduation, he began employment at the Coke Ovens in Grundy.

Samantha Gross, the daughter of Allen and Mary Gross, attended Richlands High School. She is a talented flutist who will be attending Liberty University in the fall. While at Southwest, she expanded her musical acumen by also picking up the alto saxophone and played flute, piccolo and alto sax in the SWCC Jazz Combo and SWCC Wind Ensemble. She also sang in the SWCC Community Chorus and Jazz Vocal Ensemble. Samantha will be missed at SWCC and at Claypool Hill Church of Christ, where she plays in the worship band, when she moves on to further her education at Liberty in pursuit of a degree in Music Education.

Caleb Guerard hails from Coeburn, VA. He is a very talented euphonium player. He has played in the SWCC Brass Quintet, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Combo and has sung in the SWCC Community Chorus and Jazz Vocal Ensemble. Caleb also has a passion for automobiles and has acquired a vast knowledge about different vehicles, their engines, and body styles. After considering many options for his future, he has decided to attend East Tennessee State to continue his music studies where he has been offered a scholarship in the music program and has signed on to play as a member of the ETSU Marching Bucs.

Joseph McNulty was raised in Richlands, VA and is the son of Rodney and Lisa McNulty. A talented trumpeter, he has been an integral part of the music program at SWCC during his time as a student. He has served as treasurer and president of the SWCC Music Club and has participated in SWCC Brass Quintet, SWCC Wind Ensemble, SWCC Jazz Combo, SWCC Jazz Vocal Ensemble and has performed in many recitals on both the trumpet and piano. Joseph plans to continue his musical studies at University of Virginia at Wise this fall.

Kelsey Snow is the daughter of Steven and Kimberly Snow of Orange, Va. She came to Southwest to pursue an Associate’s Degree in General Studies with the intention of transferring the degree to a 4 year university. While taking a music elective, it was discovered that she loved music and was a good flutist. Since that time, she has been an integral part of the SWCC Community Chorus, Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Combo, for which she learned to play the tenor saxophone in addition to flute. While her plans include music as an avocation, her immediate academic pursuit will be the pre-veterinary program at University of Virginia at Wise.

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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