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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February 01
event 2/1/2020

Super Bowl Cultural Warm-Up Concert

Barshinger Concert Hall

Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5; Lehman, Paths of Freedom (premiere)  

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February 08
event 2/8/2020

Sound Horizons Concert Series - Folklore Urbana

Barshinger Concert Hall

Pablo Mayor, whose powerhouse orchestra has redefined modern Colombian music in the last decade,...

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Story 11/22/2019

2019 Rouse Scholars Find Empowerment in Their Endowment

Deliberate and self-assured, Lydia Shaw and Glory Jacquat, Franklin & Marshall College’s newest Rouse Scholars, share powerful ideas about leadership and life as they sit in a quiet room at Martin...

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Story 9/19/2019

Empowering Musicians to be Noticed (VIDEO)

Brian Norcross is senior director of music & conducting studies. Who is his favorite student? All of them.

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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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