Majoring in Music

Music Certificate

Overview

Our program offers the best features of a music conservatory and a traditional liberal arts experience. You are challenged in the studio and classroom to be a first-rate performer, composer and scholar. Your professors work closely with you to tailor the program to your needs and interests. You can major in music or music and technology, with a concentration in performance, theory, ethnomusicology, music education, history or composition. Master classes and lectures will provide regular opportunities for you to work with internationally known performers, composers and scholars. The discipline and critical-thinking skills you develop will prepare you for graduate school or a career in a number of fields.

Performance and private study opportunities

Public performances are a priority. You can perform during one of the many recitals each semester or join one of several ensembles, including the concert band, jazz ensemble, orchestra, percussion ensemble and chamber choir. If you are interested in musical theater, you can audition for one of our annual shows, produced in collaboration with the theater department. We also offer free music lessons to qualified students through the Jack Niblack '98 Music Lessons Fund.

Facilities

Cummings Arts Center boasts technology-rich classrooms, the Greer Music Library, two performance halls and numerous studios and practice rooms. We are also an "All-Steinway School." In Cummings, you have access to a recording studio, a control room with connectivity to two major recital halls and a production-quality electronic music studio.

What can you do with a majorcertificate in Music?

Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:

  • Violinist, Boston Pops
  • Recording and Mixing Engineer, Gallery Recording Studio
  • Teacher, School District of Palm Beach County
  • Software Engineer, Denodo
  • Assistant Professor of Music Theory, University of Rochester
  • Audio Engineer, First Priority Media
  • Development Assistant, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Director of Music, Elizabeth Seton High School
  • Principal Librarian, Philharmonic Center for the Arts
  • Senior Vice President, Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Executive Director, Apple Tree Arts
  • Musician/ Performer
  • Donor Relations Associate, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
  • Senior Staff Copywriter, Mattel
  • Software Engineer, General Dynamics Information Technology
  • Choir Director, Christ Church
  • Director of Communications, Aid to Artisans
  • Executive Director, Allegro School Inc.
  • Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnomusicology, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Teacher of Eurhythmics, Levine School of Music

Faculty

John Clark, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music John Clark, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

John Clark, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
Jazz • American music • History of western music

Daniel S. Lee, Adjunct Instructor of Music Daniel S. Lee, Adjunct Instructor of Music

Daniel S. Lee, Adjunct Instructor of Music
Violin • Viola • Chamber music

Wendy K. Moy, Assistant Professor of Music
, Director, Connecticut College Chamber Choir Wendy K. Moy, Assistant Professor of Music
, Director, Connecticut College Chamber Choir

Wendy K. Moy, Assistant Professor of Music , Director, Connecticut College Chamber Choir
Choral conducting and methods • Music education: pre-service and professional development • Culture of singing communities • Models of collaborative learning and music-making

Kumi Ogano, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Music Kumi Ogano, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Music

Kumi Ogano, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Music
Piano • Composers Toru Takemitsu and Akira Miyoshi

Mark Seto, Assistant Professor of Music, Director, Connecticut College Orchestra Mark Seto, Assistant Professor of Music, Director, Connecticut College Orchestra

Mark Seto, Assistant Professor of Music, Director, Connecticut College Orchestra  (On sabbatical Fall 2014)
Historical musicology • Orchestral conducting • 19th-century music • Symphonic culture in fin-de-siècle Paris

Margaret (Midge) Thomas, Associate Professor of Music, President, New England Conference of Music Theorists, 2013-2015 Margaret (Midge) Thomas, Associate Professor of Music, President, New England Conference of Music Theorists, 2013-2015

Margaret (Midge) Thomas, Associate Professor of Music, President, New England Conference of Music Theorists, 2013-2015
Tonal and non-tonal music theory • Issues of rhythm and time in contemporary music • Music theory pedagogy • Analysis of jazz and popular music

James Dale Wilson, Associate Professor of Music, Ethnomusicologist
Jazz Composer/Arranger James Dale Wilson, Associate Professor of Music, Ethnomusicologist
Jazz Composer/Arranger

James Dale Wilson, Associate Professor of Music, Ethnomusicologist Jazz Composer/Arranger
Ethnomusicology • Jazz • Guangdong ritual and ritual music • Southeast Chinese perspectives on migration and transnationalism

Student profile


Avery Yurman Avery Yurman

Music, music education


Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: I wanted to pursue music within a broader liberal arts setting. And when I visited campus, the students and professors were incredibly friendly and welcoming. I felt at home. I was also interested in shared governance and the honor code.


Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I went to the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy, the fall semester of my junior year. The ADA had 32 music and theater students living together on campus and working with international faculty in a picturesque villa near vineyards and olive orchards.


Q: What role has CELS, the College's career development and internship program, played for you?
A: The resume-building and personality workshops made an impression and helped me get organized. My CELS counselor reviewed my resume and helped me narrow down my job and grad school searches. I am realizing my dream and pursuing graduate studies in bassoon performance.

Selected courses


  • Foundational Theory for Musicians
  • Making Music at the Keyboard
  • Music through Time and Society
  • Tonal Theory
  • Post-Tonal Theory
  • American Music
  • Music of the World
  • History of Jazz
  • History of Western Music
  • Ethnomusicology: The Social Science of Music
  • Electroacoustic Music
  • Composition
  • Jazz Harmony
  • Counterpoint
  • Methods in Music Education

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Student research


Junior Recital: Classical and Contemporary Works for Saxophone, Both Solo and Chamber
By: Emily Verschoor-Kirss '15
Advising Faculty: Joshua Thomas, Midge Thomas

Senior Recital: Vocal Program Including Operatic Arias and Duets, Art Songs, Pop Tunes, and A Cappella Arrangements
By: Philip Pacelli '14
Advising Faculty: Jurate Svedaite-Waller, John Anthony

Senior Recital: Pieces for Piano, Harpsichord and Organ
By: Anastasia Elliott '14
Advising Faculty: Patrice Newman, Linda Skernick, John Anthony, Midge Thomas

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