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The Department of Music was established in 1928 under Canadian born Robert Nathaniel Dett. He was the first African American to complete Oberlin Conservatory's 5-year course after the conservatory became part of Oberlin College in 1867. In 1908 he received the Bachelor's degree in Piano and Composition, and in 1932 he was awarded the Master of Music degree in Composition from Eastman School of Music.
Dett was brought to Hampton Institute in 1913 as Director of Music, and he played a significant role in the development of music at Hampton. This included the establishment of the Musical Arts Society, which contributed to all areas of the cultural life on campus. The tradition of musical excellence at Hampton University, led by the Department of Music, continues.
Dr. Shelia J. Maye, Chair
Mail: Department of Music
Armstrong Hall, Room 133
Hampton, Virginia 23668