• Approximately 300 students are deeply engaged in studying music at Dickinson every year. All music courses, performance studies and ensembles are open to all Dickinson students regardless of major.

  • Our full-time faculty all engage in performance and classroom teaching in addition to their own creative work. Our contributing faculty are active performers and scholars as well. See the music faculty page for details.

The senior project of every music major is a private tutorial with a music faculty member.

  • Student composers have works performed by professional guest artists.

    Bowerman Conducting Corigliano Quartet

    George Bowerman, '12, conducts the Corigliano Quartet during their week-long residency in 2011.

  • Student conductors work with full ensembles that include professional musicians.

  • Students in musicology conduct faculty-student research and hold internships with resident artists, etc.

  • Our students have pursued internships with the Kimmel Center, Lincoln Center, Washington National Opera, and others.

  • Our students in performance studies (both majors and non-majors) participate in guest artist master classes with renowned guest artists such as David Kim and Jonathan Carney, concertmasters of Philadelphia Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony respectively; singers D’Anna Fortunato and Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and pianists Barry Snyder and Rita Sloan, from such institutions as The Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, and the University of Maryland, and by members of such prominent ensembles as the Chiara and Corigliano Quartets.

    Violin Masterclass with David Kim

    Master class with David Kim, Concertmaster of Philadelpia Orchestra, 2011, Alexander Strachan, ’13, violin and Professor Eun Ae Baik Kim, piano

  • Our students also participate in summer music festivals such as the Brevard and Bowdoin festivals, and perform both nationally and internationally.

  • All of our students in performance studies work with professional pianists.

  • Our recent graduates have pursued graduate study in music history, music theory, and music performance at Eastman, Peabody and Boston Conservatories, Berklee School of Music, Princeton, NYU, Harvard, Rutgers, UCLA, The Royal Academy of Music in London, Indiana University, and the Universities of Illinois, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin, and have received prestigious Fulbright Research Grants.

  • Our music alumni have gone on to distinguished careers in music-related fields with major orchestras, recording companies, and music research facilities.  See the music alumni page for details.

  • The Dickinson College music department sponsors an annual Student Concerto Competition. Student winners earn the honor of performing a solo work with the Dickinson College Orchestra.

  • Our concert season of over 40 performances annually includes concerts by world-renowned guest artists.

  • Our Musical Artists-in-Residence program is nationally recognized.

    Chiara Quartet Masterclass

    The Chiara String Quartet worked with performance and theory students during a week-long residency in 2012.

  • The Music House and the Dickinson College Student Music Society is an active organization which sponsors many activities throughout the year, including music field trips to metropolitan areas such as New York City and Washington DC, an annual Children’s concert, and music outreach programs to local schools.

  • Our students perform side-by-side with renowned artists-in-residence such as the Florestan Recital Project, Alarm Will Sound and David Kim, concertmaster of Philadelphia Orchestra.