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Lessons and Performance Opportunities

The Department of Music invites all students to participate in our extensive performance program, which includes ensembles, chamber music, and private instruction. 

With options for every student, our performance ensembles are both diverse and inclusive. They offer students the chance to learn music of different cultures and styles, running the gamut from early music to new. All are open to all students (majors and non-majors). Ensembles that may be taken for performance credit include the College Choir, Chamber Singers, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, and Schola Cantorum.

Lessons are available through the music department for all instruments and voice.
All students (majors and non-majors) are welcome to join a wide variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a music major to participate in ensembles and lessons?
Ensembles are open to all students (majors and non-majors), as are lessons. Music majors receive free lessons.

Are auditions for ensembles required, and when and where are they held?
The audition requirements depend on the ensemble. Ensemble directors typically hold meetings and auditions early in the semester. Check the bulletin boards in the music department, or contact Alice Resker, music department office coordinator at 508-793-2296.

Should I send a recording of my performances to the music department or to Admissions?
Students may include a supplementary recording with their admissions materials. It is important that these materials go directly to the Admissions office. Students interested in applying for the Brooks Music Scholarship or the Organ Scholarship should follow the guidelines for recordings. A live audition is not required for the Brooks Scholarship.

Is an interview with the music department recommended as part of the admission process?
An interview with the music department does not factor into the College’s admission selection process. We do, however, invite students interested in experiencing the department firsthand to visit us, sit in on a class, or observe a rehearsal. For additional information contact the Admissions office at 508-793-2443.

Can I store my instrument at Holy Cross?
The music administrative assistant coordinates the assignment of lockers that are located throughout the department. However, there is currently no space available on campus to store drum sets.