Department of Music

Study music with a background in history and theory, and hone your craft through a blend of performance and individualized training.


The Colgate University Jazz Ensemble plays "funky" big band jazz at the Palace Theater, directed by Glenn Cashman.
The Colgate University Jazz Ensemble plays "funky" big band jazz at the Palace Theater, directed by Glenn Cashman.

Colgate trains musicians in a variety of disciplines with an integrative approach to music theory, history, and practice. The global perspective of the curriculum prepares student musicians for environments ranging from the concert hall to the recording studio.

Whether taking an elective or pursuing a full course of study, Colgate music students benefit from access to numerous opportunities to perform. Students also receive individualized attention from their professors, who teach private lessons and lead major ensembles.

The department expands its diverse curriculum with invitations to visiting artists, performers, and scholars who provide students with unique opportunities to engage musical and cultural influences from all over the world.

The department offers both a major and a minor in music.

About the academic program in music

Students applying as music majors may share supplemental application materials.

Supplemental application materials


In order to best comply with Colgate's Commitment to Health, the Colgate Music Department will postpone wind instrument and vocal rehearsals and performances for spring semester 2021. The Colgate University Chorus and Chamber Singers will not meet during spring semester 2021. Fall 2021 activities for these groups will be reviewed at a later date.

Department Contacts

Chair: Laura Klugherz 
Concert manager: Lorraine Joseph
Office: 102 Dana Arts Center
Phone: 315-228-7642 or 315-228-7645

Visiting Artists

The department is proud to play host each semester to world-renowned visiting artists, groups, and performers. Students benefit not only from the opportunity to observe visitors’ performances, but to engage with them in classroom and workshop settings.