Music (B.A.)

  • Concentration
  • Major
  • Minor

About this Program

Music is an important component of the liberal arts on Hood's campus. 

Program Overview

The College is no longer accepting applications for music majors.

The Hood College Department of Music offers two minors, individual instruction and the opportunity to participate in performing groups. 

Aside from its academic programs, the music department also offers community programs and performances.

Did you ever want to learn to play an instrument? The Hood College Preparatory Division offers private lessons to the community in the following areas: piano, organ, harpsichord, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, English horn, bassoon, flute, voice, all brass instruments and composition. 

Dozens of professionals, including members of Hood's music faculty, perform on campus each year. The College's location near both Washington, D.C., and Baltimore attracts world-class musicians and exposes students and members of the community to a broad array of cultural opportunities. 

Many students combine their programs with other majors or minors in such widely diverse fields as education, computer science and biology. In our applied music program, students receive individual instruction from some of the metropolitan area's most outstanding musicians. 

The music department offers several courses that fulfill the visual and performing arts category of the core and also a course that fulfills the global perspectives requirement.

Outside class, students may participate in the Hood Choir, the Hood Chamber Singers and the Hood String, Wind, Early Music, Gospel Ensemble and Jazz Ensembles. All of these groups perform throughout the academic year, both on- and off-campus. 

Music Concentrations

  • Music History and Literature
  • Music Performance
  • Piano Pedagogy

Degrees Offered

  • BA

Department Offering

Program Contact

Wayne Wold

Professor of Music, Department Chair


Point of Pride

Most members of the department are concert artists, some of whom have performed nationally and internationally. Several are recording artists, as well.

All Faculty

David Duree

  • Applied Instructor, Clarinet
  • Applied Instructor, Saxophone

Brian Hinkley

  • Director of the Wind Ensemble
  • Applied Instructor, Brass

Gregory Shook

  • Applied Instructor, Oboe
  • Applied Instructor, English Horn
Lynn Staininger

Lynn Staininger

  • Instructor of Music
  • Director of Choral Activities and Choral Conducting

William Stapp

  • Director of the String Ensemble
  • Applied Instructor, Violin/Viola

Noel Verzosa, Jr.

  • Associate Professor of Music
  • Department Chair of Music
  • Program Director, Master's in Humanities