University of Pikeville

147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
(606) 218-5251

Concert Choir

The UPIKE Choirs offer something for everyone. In Concert Choir, an ensemble open to all students, choir members perform a variety of repertoire, from Maroon Five to Mozart.

Students of all majors sing in the choirs, and all vocal ensembles are of the highest quality.

There are music award opportunities for singers from every major on campus. The choir participates in annual tours and regularly performs in off-campus concert series.

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Can I make music at UPIKE if I am not a music major?

Yes! Even if you’re not a music major, you can participate in any music performance areas, such as band, choir, piano performance and applied study (private lessons) of instruments or voice. The arts programs at the  University of Pikeville Arts program facilitates both ensemble participation and private instruction through Participation Awards for non-majors. This is an excellent way for students to get part of their education expenses covered while practicing something they love.

UPIKE also offers a minor in music. Gaining a minor in music is open to any UPIKE student, regardless of their musical background.

A Rich Musical History

The University of Pikeville has a storied tradition of excellence in music performing and serving in the community for nearly 100 years. Music has shaped the UPIKE community in various ways from choirs, glee clubs, pep bands, and jazz bands and many other formats giving our students a sense of belonging within the music department. 

UPIKE’s Concert Choir has presented various musical celebrations throughout the years to introduce different music types to the student body. In 2006, UPIKE hosted a Musical Celebration of the 250th Birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. UPIKE students have performed and been featured in the All-State Chorus and All-Collegiate Choir, demonstrating the talent and inspiration provided by the faculty.

At UPIKE aspiring vocalists and choristers will find ensembles of varying skill and style that will likely match their interests and abilities.

Contact Information

For more information on musical opportunities at UPIKE, contact Dr. Rutherford or Dr. Westgate below.

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Eric Rutherford

Dr. John Eric Rutherford, Associate Professor of Music, serves as Director of Choral Music at the University of Pikeville. He teaches Music Theory, Music. Appreciate, and offer private voice instruction in addition to conducting the Concert Choir.

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Phillip Westgate

Dr. Phillip Todd Westgate is Professor of Music and Program Coordinator for Music at the University of Pikeville. Dr. Westgate has taught and performed in higher education for 30 years as a professor, conductor, concert organist, pianist and collaborative pianist.


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Scholarships are awarded to both incoming freshmen with outstanding musical ability and to upperclassmen who, in their study at UPIKE, have demonstrated outstanding progress in musical and personal achievement. Please fill out the form below for more information.

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