Extracurricular Activities - Department of Performing Arts - Music - Christopher Newport University

Department of Performing Arts - Music

Extracurricular Activities

The Department of Music is home to a variety of active student organizations. From fraternities and sororities to professional organizations, there is something here for you!

  • Kappa Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Alpha Iota
  • Society of Composers, Inc.
  • CNU Voices
  • American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
  • American String Teachers Association (ASTA)
  • NAfME
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
  • Uncommon Ground (student led vocal jazz ensemble)

Pi Kappa Lambda is a national music honor society. Membership to CNU's Iota Mu Chapter is open to junior and senior music majors. Eligibility requirements are shown below.

Graduating seniors

  • Must be considered by the faculty committee of the chapter to be outstanding in scholarly achievement, character and musicianship
  • In residence the equivalent of at least four semesters prior to graduation


Must rank not lower than the highest 20 percent of the graduating class (including students elected in the junior year) as determined by GPA.


Must rank not lower than the highest 10 percent of the junior class

Look good, feel great, perform your best!

Mind: Prepare for your future with highly engaged faculty, visiting artists and lecturers.

  • Faculty advisers
  • Faculty and guest lectures
  • Master Classes

Body: Discover useful techniques and suggestions to help you stay at your best.

  • Alexander Technique
  • Vocal health
  • Hearing health
  • Physical health

Spirit: Build positive relationships on and off the stage.

  • Music service fraternities and sororities
  • Student-led vocal ensembles
  • Professional music organizations
  • Student ambassadors

The Department of Music is committed to the development of mind, body and spirit. With the health and safety of every student in mind, faculty and staff assist students in creating practice routines, managing performance anxiety, bonding with peers, protecting against hearing loss, handling instruments and equipment safely, leading a healthy lifestyle, developing leadership skills, and pursuing career enhancement opportunities. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous courses, workshops, lectures, and internships that serve to build healthy and vibrant musicians and citizens.

Please contact Dr. Kelly Rossum at (757) 594-8812 or kelly.rossum@cnu.edu for more information.

Festivals and Camps

  • American Bandmasters Association
  • Americans for the Arts
  • American Music Conference
  • American Music Therapy Association
  • American Orff-Schulwerk Association
  • Aspen Music Festival and School
  • Bandworld
  • Birch Creek Music Performance Center
  • Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
  • Boston University Tanglewood Institute
  • Brevard Music Center
  • Camp Encore/Coda
  • Center for Creative Youth
  • Chautauqua Summer Schools of Fine and Performing Arts
  • College Band Directors National Association
  • College Music Society
  • Drum Corps International
  • Eastern Music Festival and School
  • Idyllwild Arts Summer Program
  • The Instrumentalist Magazine
  • Interlochen Arts Camo
  • International Festival Institute at Round Top
  • Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar
  • League of American Orchestras
  • Marrowstone Music Festival
  • Masterworks Festival
  • The Midwest Clinic
  • Midwest Your Artists Summer Music Festival
  • Music Academy of the West
  • Music for All (formerly Bands of America)
  • Music Teachers National Association
  • National Association for Music Education
  • National High School Music Institute at Northwestern University
  • New England Music Camp
  • New York Summer Music Festival
  • Potomac Summer Music Camp at George Mason
  • Sewanee Summer Music Festival
  • Summit Music Festival
  • Support Music
  • Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific
  • University of Michigan Summer Music Programs
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Music Clinic
  • Walnut Hill Chamber Music Festival: Summer Chamber Music in France
  • West Michigan University High School Summer Music Camp
  • Winter Guard International
  • Young Audiences New York

  • Salzburg Voice Festival
  • Canta in Italia
  • OperaFest Italia
  • Accademia Dell'Arte Summer Voice Workshop (Tuscany, Italy)
  • Neil Semer Vocal Institute in Germany
  • "Flagstaff In Fidenza" (Italy)
  • Oberlin in Italy
  • Operafestival di Roma
  • University of Miami Frost School of Music at Salzburg

  • American Institute of Musical Studies
  • Amalfi Coast Music Festival
  • Bel Canto Institute
  • Cornish-American Song Institute
  • Franz-Schubert-Institut, Baden bei Wien, Austria
  • Daniel Ferro Vocal Program

  • OperaFest in New Jersey
  • Taos Opera Institute
  • American Singers' Opera Project
  • Aspen Music School
  • Brevard Music Center Janiec Opera Company
  • Chautauqua Music Festival
  • Crested Butte Music Festival: Opera Young Artist Program (previously known as Opera in Crested Butte)
  • Crittenden Studio Summer Opera Workshop (Boston)
  • Glimmerglass Opera Festival
  • Lyric Opera Northwest
  • Manhattan School Summer Voice Festival
  • Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point
  • OperaWorks Education Programs
  • Opera Saratoga (Lake George Opera)
  • Redwoods Opera Workshop

  • SongFest
  • Amherst Early Music Festival
  • Classical Singing and New York in June
  • Interlochen Arts Camp
  • Summer Music West at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

  • Choral Conducting: Artistry, Vocal Pedagogy, Musicianship
  • Westminster Choir College of Rider University
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