Franklin & Marshall College is an outstanding destination for those who wish to pursue the study of music in an intellectually engaging liberal arts environment.

The Music Department offers a wide variety of classes dedicated to the study of music, including classes in music history, theory, composition, ethnomusicology, jazz, global popular music, and conducting. Students also have the opportunity to perform with their talented peers in our performing ensembles. These include the College Chorus, Chamber Singers, Jazz Ensemble, two orchestras, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, African Drumming Ensemble, and various chamber groups. In addition, students can take private vocal or instrumental lessons with our highly renowned teachers. These offerings are open to all F&M students, regardless of their major.

Because F&M believes there is a strong correlation between fine musicianship and academic success, we offer a number of unique programs for prospective and current music students. These initiatives are intended to emphasize the importance of musicians to the Franklin & Marshall community.

Prospective Students

With music auditions, prospective students may showcase their musical talents and supplement their admission application.



Music auditions are open to both early decision and regular decision students in support of their applications. High school seniors with prior music experience who would like to receive early admission notification well ahead of the normal April 1 decision date are encouraged to apply early.

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Tell us about your music interests and abilities!

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Check out the awards and opportunities for enrolled students

Click "Read More" to learn about the Adams/Gustafson Achievement Award,  Solo & Concerto Competition, Music Composition Contest, Senior Recitals, and Nolt Music Award.

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October 29
event 10/29/2016

Philharmonia Concert

Barshinger Concert Hall

The First Time Celebrating the F&M Orchestra's 30th season Beethoven, Symphony No. 1 (performed...

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November 03
event 11/3/2016

Collaboration: Making Music and Dance Together

Mayser Gymnasium

Trio Clavino (Doris Hall-Gulati, Simone Maurer, Xun Pan), with Jennifer Conley (F&M), Lynn Brooks (...

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Story 9/20/2016

Lin Jaldati: Art is My Weapon

Jewlia Eisenberg and David Shneer               In 1934, at 22 years of age and one year after Hitler came to power in Nazi Germany, Lin Jaldati, the stage name for Rebekka Brilleslijper, gave her...

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Story 5/24/2016

College Links Up with Internet2, Faster Connection to...

Franklin & Marshall College has joined Internet2. It is the nation’s largest and fastest research and education network. 

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Story 4/7/2016

BOOM! The 1812 Overture and More!

Dr. Brian Norcross, Senior Director of Instrumental Music and Conducting Studies with The F&M Orchestra and The F&M Symphonic Wind Ensemble A sampling of spring instrumental performances,...

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