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Dean’s Message

Our focus on professional arts training started approximately 135 years ago, when we began our leadership role as Virginia’s first and flagship music school. Since then, we’ve grown into an institution of international significance, offering more than 30 degrees across the performing arts and access to the rich resources of the multiple schools that together make up Shenandoah University.

Shenandoah Conservatory differs from other conservatories in a few important ways. Unlike most conservatories, our focus extends beyond music to include dance and theatre. Even more uniquely, we offer degrees in such additional areas as performing arts leadership & management, music education, music therapy and music production & recording technology. We also provide all students with the opportunity to be fully immersed in performance and premier ensembles regardless of their program of study.

What we are especially proud of, though, and what truly sets us apart in the experience of our alumni, is our Conservatory’s cherished heritage. Simply put, we are an arts school where distinguished faculty are as passionate about providing a caring and supportive learning environment as they are committed to enabling rigorous training and excellence of the highest order.

This is a wonderful place to be immersed in the arts, and a wonderful place to prepare for lifelong success!

Dr. Michael Stepniak
Dean and Professor of Music