Music

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. —Victor Hugo

Mount Holyoke College’s Department of Music offers a program exploring the history, theory, literature, performance, analysis, and synthesis of music. Majors, minors and students with a passion for music are active composers, conductors, and performers. The whole campus reverberates with music that refuses to be silent.

The music department offers ensemble experiences ranging from Klezmer Band, jazz, and West African Music Ensemble to Symphony Orchestra and large and small choirs. Other performance opportunities include chamber music and early music. Students may also enroll in Individual Performance Studies.

Faculty projects reflect broad interests in research, composition, and performance, as well as the development of new methods of teaching. Members of the faculty give concerts on campus, around the country, and around the world.

Students electing the music major have been accepted in graduate programs of their choice nationwide. Mount Holyoke musicians have been welcomed into performing groups around the world.

Staged collaborative performance of the “Palmwine Drinkard” by the Intro to African Music course and the Theatre Department
Staged collaborative performance of the “Palmwine Drinkard” by the Intro to African Music course and the Theatre Department
String players from the Symphony Orchestra also play chamber music and take lessons
String players from the Symphony Orchestra also play chamber music and take lessons
Staged collaborative performance of the “Palmwine Drinkard” by the Intro to African Music course and the Theatre Department
Staged collaborative performance of the “Palmwine Drinkard” by the Intro to African Music course and the Theatre Department
West African Music Ensemble performances are part of community celebrations
West African Music Ensemble performances are part of community celebrations
Fully-staged operas co-ordinated by the Music and Theatre Departments of the Five Colleges are presented on a regular basis
Fully-staged operas co-ordinated by the Music and Theatre Departments of the Five Colleges are presented on a regular basis
Mount Holyoke brass players can participate in orchestra, jazz and chamber music
Mount Holyoke brass players can participate in orchestra, jazz and chamber music
Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra cellists
Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra cellists
Candlelight Processional in annual Vespers Concert featuring the Choral Ensembles of Mount Holyoke
Candlelight Processional in annual Vespers Concert featuring the Choral Ensembles of Mount Holyoke
You too can be the star of the “Big Broadcast”, one of the annual programs given by the Jazz Ensembles
You too can be the star of the “Big Broadcast”, one of the annual programs given by the Jazz Ensembles
"The Big Broadcast!", an homage to 1940's radio, is scripted and produced by Jazz Ensemble students in March
"The Big Broadcast!", an homage to 1940's radio, is scripted and produced by Jazz Ensemble students in March
Jazz Ensembles include Big Band, Chamber Jazz and Vocal Jazz
Jazz Ensembles include Big Band, Chamber Jazz and Vocal Jazz
Brass Ensemble is one of the Chamber Music classes you can perform in
Brass Ensemble is one of the Chamber Music classes you can perform in