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At Dickinson, students—such as Chelsea-Mia Pierre '18, pictured above—participate directly in a rigorous curriculum that challenges them 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.

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Robert PoundProfessor of Music

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Stacy RohrerDepartment Coordinator
Barbara NeibergDepartment Coordinator





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Where Our Students Go From Here


  • Peace Corps
  • Nashville Opera
  • Arts Council of Princeton
  • Baltimore Children’s Museum, Education Department
  • Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
  • Healing Strings Studio, Founder
  • JCC Manhattan
  • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Heimat Quartet
  • International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Maryland Folklife Archive
  • New England Conservatory
  • Opera Lafayette
  • Princeton University
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • San Francisco Opera
  • University of Texas, Arlington
  • Cornell University
  • IBM
  • Lutzker & Lutzker LLP
  • Twentieth Television
  • Vanguard Group, Inc.
  • UCLA Children’s Hospital
  • United States Military and Reserve

Graduate Schools

  • Boston Conservatory
  • Boston University
  • Fulbright Fellowship
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • New York Medical College
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Peabody Conservatory
  • Princeton University
  • Shenandoah University Conservatory
  • Tulane University
  • UCLA
  • University of Bologna (IT)
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Warner Brothers
  • Chelsea Music Festival
  • St. Marks Opera, Florence, Italy
  • AIMS Festival (Graz, Austria)
  • Bethlehem Press
  • Brevard Music Festival
  • Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Lincoln Center
  • LitWorld
  • National Theater Institute
  • Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
  • Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center

Student Perspective

“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 music theory track is so special at Dickinson. All of the professors are patient and invested in their students’ learning, and it really does feel like you are learning from a friend. The stuff we learn is also really important. The professors make sure to apply the theory to the social politics that are/were happening in the world. That is immensely important to do in music but also, sadly, rare in a theory class.”

— Eli Goeltz '22

“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

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