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. The department has recently revised the Music curriculum. The new curriculum will be offered  beginning Fall 2021. Details about the new graduation requirements can be found here.

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.


Music Information for Applicants

Find out more about applying to F&M, both early and regular decision.

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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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Story 8/22/2022

Overcoming Challenges, He Realized His Dream

Despite the challenges life has thrown his way, Franklin & Marshall student Cristian Toro Meza pursues his dreams undaunted. 

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Story 6/29/2022

Summer Intern Makes Music for Everyone

Reece Chang '24 is spending his summer working with Lancaster nonprofit Music for Everyone. The partnership is fitting for the music major who directs The Chessmen, F&M’s all-male a cappella group.

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Story 5/4/2022

Music at F&M: Composing Leaders

Students at F&M can graduate with recital, composing and conducting skills, regardless of major. "The F&M conducting class is really all about leadership,” said Brian Norcross, senior director of...

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