Faculty

Ms. Spataro joined the Ferrum faculty in 2002, and became Music Department Coordinator in 2005. She teaches theory, history, and Music for Children, as well as directing the Collegiates and the Handbell Ensemble.  She also served as musical director/accompanist for the college’s productions of Ahmahl and the Night Visitors, Godspell, The Long Christmas Dinner,  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum, Aida, Seussical the Musical, Into the Woods, Little Women, and currently Caberet.

Course Work:

Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
Harmony and Musicianship I and II

Aural Theory
Music History
Music for Children
Piano Class I and II
Voice Class I and II

Music Seminar: Advanced Topics
Private Lessons

Performing Ensembles:We have several instrumental and choral ensembles in which to participate, and received college credit for doing so:

Concert Choir: This vocal group is open to anyone who enjoys singing! A variety of musical literature is explored, including sacred, contemporary, popular, and Broadway. This ensemble performs several times each semester for a variety of college functions. In addition to concert performances, the members of the concert choir often participate in the yearly musical.

Collegiates: This womens vocal group is selected by audition only. A variety of musical literature is learned for performances both on and off campus. This ensemble has developed an excellent reputation for its music ministry throughout the greater area. In addition, many of the singers win leading roles in the Theater/Music Department’s musical productions.

Handbell Ensemble: Ferrum College is privileged to own a five-octave set of handbells, and three-octave set of handchimes! Anyone with a basic knowledge of rhythm can participate in this instrumental group. This ensemble performs concerts both on campus and is a highlight at several area churches.

 Marching/Pep Band: This ensemble is relatively new to Ferrum College and is developing its membership, but enthusiastically supports the college’s athletic activities!

Experiential Opportunities:

Performing Ensembles: Any member of a performing ensemble will have the experience of performing for various functions both on and off campus.
Recitals: Students involved in the music program are eligible to participate in a recital which showcases talent on a more individual basis.
Musical Theatre
: Many of the music students who participate in the vocal and instrumental ensembles also participate in the yearly musical production.

Music Faculty

Susan Spataro
Assistant Professor of Music
Program Coordinator of Music
M.M., Temple University
(540) 365-4351
sspataro@ferrum.edu  |