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.
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.Read More
Click "Read More" to learn about the Adams/Gustafson Achievement Award, Solo & Concerto Competition, Music Composition Contest, Senior Recitals, and Nolt Music Award.Read More
Courses and Faculty
Susie Benchasil Seiter ‘99 Conductor, Orchestrator, Composer Susie Seiter presents some music that she has written or arranged, performed by the F&M Orchestra, as she chronicles her journey from...Read More
"F&M gave me many incredible opportunities." As they prepare for their May 13 Commencement Ceremony, Franklin & Marshall seniors look back at their four years on campus—and what's next.Read More