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Ethel Haughton

Haughton, Dr. Ethel

Music Unit

Associate Professor

Phone: 804-524-5018
Location: Davis Hall, Room 213

Dr. Ethel Norris Haughton is a native of Petersburg, Virginia and a product of the Petersburg Public School System. She earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from East Carolina University. She earned both the Master of Arts degree and the Ph.D. degree in Music History from The Ohio State University. The title of her dissertation is Music in the Black and White Communities in Petersburg, Virginia, 1865-1900.

Dr. Haughton was appointed to the music faculty at Virginia State University in August 1994. She primarily teaches music history, freshman-level class piano, and a General Education course titled “Blacks in American Music.” She currently holds the rank of Associate Professor.

Dr. Haughton holds memberships in the Society for American Music, the American Musicological Society, and the College Music Society. She has presented several papers on various topics on African American music, especially that of the 19th century. Her current interest is the musical legacy of HBCUs, which is the topic of an entry that appears in the newly-published Encyclopedia of African American Music.

Dr. Haughton is active in local and state artistic efforts. She is the organist at Gillfield Baptist Church (Petersburg) where she is a member. She has served on the Board of Directors of Virginians for the Arts and on various review panels for the Virginia Commission for the Arts. A past member of the Board of Directors of the Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, she has written the program notes for the Petersburg Symphony Orchestra for over twenty–five years. She is a continuing member of the Board of Directors of the Willcox Watershed Conservancy (Petersburg).

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