Music

Music

The Music department offers courses in history, theory and performance that are designed to help students develop a musical understanding. Whether it is a desire to broaden a cultural perspective or to pursue a professional career in music, students can create a plan of study that is uniquely their own.

Music

Student Profile: Zack Lemieux '22

Zack Lemieux '22

Major: Music
Minor: Entrepreneurial Studies

“My passion and major is music. The courses offered to me by the Music Department have been very beneficial in advancing my abilities. Through my Entrepreneurial Studies minor, I have developed the essential steps of building a business. Combined, these tools have given me the confidence to pursue my dreams, wherever they take me.”

Meet Our Faculty

The music faculty at HWS help students broaden their perspectives and prepare for the future. Scroll below to meet our team of dedicated teachers. Meet the entire department >

Music News

Guest Artist Saxophonist Alexa Tarantino    

Thu, 25 Feb 2021

Alexa-Tarantino-Winds-Of-Change-booklet 2Join the Department of Music for a virtual performance by award-winning saxophonist Alexa Tarantino on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m.            As part of the Guest Artist series hosted by…

Appleton ’23 Completes Basic Training

Fri, 16 Oct 2020

DU_Appleton_Z9Q8821How do you follow up a strong first semester at Hobart College? If you’re Jacob Appleton ’23, you take a semester off to complete basic training to enlist in the U.S. Army…

HWS Singing Nerds Share Message

Tue, 04 Aug 2020

HWS Alum Virtual ChorusAs a message of hope and solidarity in trying times, a group of Hobart and William Smith Colleges alums from the 1990s and early 2000s came together virtually to share a…

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Spotlight: Recent Grad

Recent Grad

Elena Parkins '18

Current Position: Research Assistant, Mt. Hope Family Center

Current Location: Rochester, N.Y.

Majors: Music and Psychology

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Sample Courses

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Composition
Investigate the sonic organization of musical works and performances, focusing on fundamental questions of unity and variety. Learn how to become a more fluent improviser as a means to inform the creative process and divorce yourself from composing works solely utilizing theoretical constructs.

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Arts Scholars Program

The Arts Scholars Program is designed for talented first year applicants who would like to continue their work in the fine or performing arts while pursuing a rigorous program of study in any of the liberal arts and sciences programs offered by the Colleges. Awards range from $3,000 -$20,000 annually and are awarded on the recommendation of the faculty.