Overview

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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September 13
event 9/13/2020

Sound Horizons Concert - David Kim, violinist and...

Barshinger Concert Hall

POSTPONED Philadelphia Concertmaster  David Kim with pianist Jeffrey Uhlig will present a...

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January 27
event 1/27/2021

Sound Horizons Concert - The Crossing

Barshinger Concert Hall

Grammy Award winning chamber group, The Crossing, is conducted by Donald Nally and based in...

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Story 7/1/2020

F&M Senior Takes the Musical Road Less Traveled

Enjoying a virtual internship with SiriusXM, senior Vanessa Robustelli notes how her F&M music courses helped her discover career paths she had not considered. 

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Story 6/22/2020

Socrates Citation: Richard S. and Ann B. Barshinger...

Professor Carbon created the theory curriculum at F&M and also accomplished something remarkable: he imparted to students of widely varying musical backgrounds the joys of creating music. 

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Story 3/7/2020

A Seat in the Orchestra and a Spot on the Rugby Team

Coming to F&M, I knew I'd have to audition for a music ensemble to continue my cello career. Likewise, I had to compete for a spot on the rugby team. I was afraid because I knew college music...

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