At Dickinson, students participate directly in a rigorous curriculum that challenges individuals to expand their cultural understanding of music and develop their analytical and performance skills, regardless of their previous level of study or musical interests.
Led by a talented and acclaimed roster of educators, our faculty have trained at the finest musical institutions in the world, including Juilliard, Eastman, Peabody, the New England Conservatory and the Hartt School. They have also performed throughout the world with such ensembles as the Glenn Miller Band, the Seville Opera, the Marion Anderson String Quartet and the United States Navy and Marine Bands. In our classrooms and ensembles, students learn alongside award-winning scholars, authors, composers and performers who have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the field. Our faculty have held national leadership positions within their respective fields, won national and international competitions and headlined programs ranging from National Public Radio and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to the contemporary Bang on a Can Festival.
But the heart of the program is our students, a passionate community of majors and non-majors critically involved in the humanistic art of music and its myriad social, cultural and analytical contexts. Their energy and drive are visible throughout the Weiss Center, in our rehearsals and performance studios, our classrooms and seminars and in the beautiful acoustic setting of Rubendall Recital Hall. Perhaps that's why our alumni have consistently been selected for prestigious internships, international fellowships, young artist programs and graduate programs.
“The Weiss Prize gave me the opportunity to create a significant work and realize it in a public performance. The discipline and rigor required in writing the work and the collaborative atmosphere of the rehearsal process were both challenging in all the best ways.”
—Sam Phelps '19, who spent a year as a contractor’s apprentice building a tiny house before pursuing a graduate degree in composition at Peabody Conservatory
“ The Department of Music has given me an amazing experience and has the best faculty of any department. We’re a family. Presenting the research I conducted in my senior music seminar was one of the proudest moments for me at Dickinson.”
—Jessie Doyle '19, studying music education at Boston University
“Dickinson allows me the opportunity to pursue music even though it's not my major. Even with two other majors, I'm still able to be in ensembles, chamber music and studio lessons. I have improved and been challenged, but making music is also a stress reliever for me.”
—Liz McCreary ’22, trumpet; earth sciences and history double major, Bullard Music Scholarship recipient