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 study.

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.