Our department offers a rigorous preparation for continued music study. We have numerous opportunities for students whether or not they major or minor in music. All of the ensembles, performance opportunities, and courses in our department are open to all. Please see the sections About the Major, About the Minor, and Minors & Non-Majors
Music major students undertake an eight-course program in music theory, music history, and world music. They have the opportunity to study a variety of more advanced topics, such as orchestration, conducting, electronic music, counterpoint, and composition. They may participate in seminars on specialty topics, ranging, in recent years, from Music and Myth, to Music and Art, The Business of Music, and Music of the Silk Road.
All majors study privately (instrumental or voice), and perform in ensembles. We have three choirs (small, medium, large), orchestra that also plays wind ensemble music, a jazz band and jazz combo. We provide high quality coaching for large variety of chamber groups, including brass groups, a flute choir, string groups, and mixed ensembles.
Our students have an abundance of performance opportunities, ranging from informal recitals on Friday afternoons to full evening solo recitals. Our concert season, with approximately 50 concerts each year, also includes visits from touring professionals.
Our faculty are selected from among the best of the busy professional musicians in the Washington/Baltimore region. Collectively, our faculty perform in approximately 1500 concerts each year. Our faculty is composed of people who perform regularly as soloists with orchestra, recording artists with critically-acclaimed CDs, and winners of major national and international competitions.
For full information, and an alphabetical list of faculty identified by instrument, please our faculty page.
Majors & Minors
Why Study Music?