Following Franklin & Marshall's intention to have a residential and in-person Fall 2021 Semester, Music Pre-Orientation will be held in-person in 2021! The Pre-Orientation team will continue to follow the College's guidelines to hold a safe experience. 

This program, sponsored by the Music Department and Music Honor Society, provides opportunities for new students to engage with upper classmen, music faculty, and the Lancaster arts community before the semester even begins. Students do not need to be an intended music major to participate.

First-year student participants arrive to campus early and settle in before the rest of the first-year students. Musicians can complete the audition process for instrumental and choral ensembles without the stress of fitting in practice time during general orientation.

If the student desires, they can also participate in a free one-on-one coaching session with a faculty member and/or an upper-classman musician before music ensemble auditions. If you would like more than one lesson (for example, if you play multiple instruments,) you can pay an extra $25 for each additional lesson with a faculty member.

Instrumental auditions are 10 minutes in length. For the audition, performers are asked to prepare a piece that they feel comfortable with and to prepare major scales, up to three sharps and three flats, in as many octaves as they are interested in playing.

Vocal auditions will include exercises to assess vocal range and quality, aural skills, and sight-reading ability. Prepared songs will be welcome, but are not required.

Note: International students cannot attend music pre-orientation due to international student orientation occurring at the same time.

The fee is $85 payable by credit card.

 The deadline is Monday, July 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Tentative Pre-Orientation Schedule

Wednesday, August 25
Students arrive to Check-in and Move-in
Alma Mater Concert 
Ice Cream Social and Family Goodbyes
Ice breakers
Dinner
Night Activities TBA

Thursday, August 26
Breakfast
Tour of Campus
Coaching session with Professors and/or MUS Students
Lunch
Practice Time
Dinner
Night Activities TBA

Friday, August 28
Breakfast / Tour of Downtown Lancaster
Auditions
Lunch
Dinner at Dr. Norcross’ house
Night Activities TBA

Saturday, August 29
Breakfast
***F&M First Year Orientation Begins***