Maria Niederberger


Our Department features outstanding, award winning faculty and accomplished, friendly staff. We are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

We are granting undergraduate degrees in music performance and music education. Our graduates are accepted into fine graduate schools and are able to obtain important teaching jobs.

Student musicians are able to join a variety of ensembles. Some of them perform at state, regional and national levels, and some travel as far as overseas. Our ensembles include a Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Brass and Woodwind Ensemble, Chorale, Men's and Women's Choir, Jazz Singers, and a variety of smaller groups. Qualified musicians are also able to join the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. Our department offers numerous scholarships to students in all areas of musical study.

We are a sought-after department for pianists. Our piano students consistently place in the top ranks of piano competitions and get accepted into the most competitive US graduate schools. The Powell Piano series brings accomplished pianists to ETSU for master classes and recitals. We are an All-Steinway school. Our piano majors are able to practice on professional-level instruments. Every year, one piano major is accepted with a full-ride scholarship. In addition, pianists receive scholarship-support at various levels through generously endowed scholarships. 

The Tri-Cities area (Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol) offers wonderful opportunities to explore music and the arts. First, we are part of the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts. Many events bring famous artists to ETSU and delight audiences from the university and wider area. Every semester, our Department offers a new concert series featuring guest musicians. There are jazz events, choral concerts, and many recitals in addition. Two symphony orchestras serve the region: the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra (Robert J. Seebacher) and the Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, TN (Cornelia Laemmli Orth).

Most of our recitals and concerts take place in Mathes Hall 107, some also in Brown Hall, in Culp Auditorium, and at the Memorial Theater on the Veterans Administration/College of Medicine campus.

If we are able to help answer any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our staff or any of our faculty.

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Dr. Maria A. Niederberger

Chair, Department of Music