Study music with a background in history and theory, and hone your craft through a blend of performance and individualized training.
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.
Students applying as music majors may share 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 fall semester 2020. The Colgate University Chorus and Chamber Singers will not meet during fall semester 2020. Spring semester activities for these groups will be reviewed at a later date.
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.