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Department of Music

Concerts and Events
Concerts and Events
The music department puts on a variety of concerts and events each semester. See the full schedule.
Performance Groups
Performance Groups
Find your musical outlet with a number of university performance groups, both instrumental and vocal.  READ MORE about performance groups
Music Faculty
Music Faculty
Compelling instruction and professional performance. Meet our music faculty.
Private Lessons
Private Lessons
Whether or not your academic focus is in the music department, we offer private musical lessons open to all students. READ MORE about private lessons
We offer not only excellent opportunities for musical performance, but we also focus on training intelligent musicians with an equally strong background in history and theory.  

About Music

A major or minor in music at Colgate offers exciting opportunities for singers and players of almost any instrument, from private lessons to major ensembles. We also teach music theory at every level from beginners to advanced, and integrate music history into the Liberal Arts curriculum.

Studying music with us at Colgate will open new doors for you in the creative and performing arts. Choice is our key word. You decide your level of involvement. Every class, lesson, and/or performing group is open to any Colgate student. You can totally immerse yourself as a major, or simply take one class. 

If you are interested in serious study, we offer more performance opportunities with individualized attention from our faculty than at most music schools.

Helpful Links

2018-19 Student Handbook

The Student Handbook has information on music concentration, ensemble performances, private lessons, solo performances, and department facilities and resources. Copies are also available in the music department office.

Department Contacts

Chair: Jay Swain
Concert manager: Lorraine Joseph (
Administrative assistant: TBD
Office: 102 Dana Arts Center
Phone: 315-228-7642 or 315-228-7645
Dept. Fax: 315-228-7557

Success after Colgate

Alumni who majored in music are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors. READ MORE about success after Colgate

Students practice playing the violin at an orchestra rehearsal