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 & Current Students

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


Admission Early Notification Auditions

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 19
event 10/19/2019

F&M Philharmonia Concert

Barshinger Concert Hall

Something New Christian Mechem ‘19, Serenade No. 1 (premiere); Joseph Harkins, Axis Mundi...

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October 20
event 10/20/2019

Sound Horizons Concert - Lorelei Ensemble

Barshinger Concert Hall

This concert is part of the "Gamechangers Celebration". Heralded for its “warm, lithe, and...

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Story 5/3/2019

Senior Writes German Opera for Independent Study

A pianist and 10 singers performed “Zum Tod Folgen,” or “Follow unto Death,” F&M senior Parker Neathery's opera, written and performed in German. 

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Story 4/26/2019

Student Conductors Bring Orchestral Greats and Originals to...

Without fanfare, Brian Norcross, Franklin & Marshall College’s senior director of instrumental music and conducting studies, presented a performance of various orchestral arrangements conducted by...

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Common Hour The Conductors of F&M
Story 4/25/2019

The Conductors of F&M

F&M Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble 16 Conducting students of Brian Norcross will present an encore performance of their conducting work leading the F&M Orchestra and...

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