The Music Department combines a strong liberal arts education with high standards for professional skills and musicality. Small classes and individualized instruction create a nurturing yet challenging environment conducive to active learning and group participation.
Repertory classes, ensemble performances, recitals, opera scenes, master classes and competitions prepare students for the application of their disciplines. Through music history courses, students are inspired and challenged to think about the role of music in the world.
The department hosts concerts, weekly repertoire classes, monthly Midday Musicales and junior and senior recitals. Private lessons, class piano, class voice, ensembles and general music classes are also open to the non-major.
The department also provides cultural enrichment for the College and the wider community through various performances throughout the year.
- The College Choir (50 singers) performs several times a year.
- Lumina Treble Ensemble (20 singers) explores the extensive body of literature written for women or boys’ voices and sheds light on the depth and beauty of this repertoire.
- The Jazz Combos study and perform jazz style and improvisation in a small ensemble setting.
- The Jazz Ensemble is a concert jazz band that performs standard and contemporary big-band repertoire.
- The Guitar Ensemble studies and performs classical and contemporary repertoire and is open to all classical guitarists.
- Other group performance opportunities include the string ensemble and musicals in collaborations between the Theatre and Music departments.