Virginia L. Vance is an Assistant Professor of Music Theory, having joined the Meredith College Department of Music faculty as an adjunct professor in 2018. At Meredith she teaches courses in music theory and ear-training. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in organ performance at Salem College and a Master of Music degree at Yale University. Following her time at Yale, she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to Vienna, Austria, where she studied organ at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst with internationally acclaimed organist Anton Heiller. She has attended the International Summer Organ Academy in Haarlem, Holland and has participated in workshops with Marie-Claire Alain, Luigi Tagliavini, and Harald Vogel, among others.
Prior to coming to Meredith, for many years Ms. Vance was Chair of the Music Department at Peace College, where she taught courses in music theory and organ, in addition to serving as College Organist. She received the honors of Outstanding Faculty Member and Outstanding Faculty Advisor while at Peace. In 2015 Ms. Vance was a co-founder of The Rocky Mount Chamber Choir, an ensemble for whom she serves as accompanist. Since 2005 she has been organist at First Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mount, NC, where she plays a 1999 instrument by Richards and Fowkes.