Music

Music: Major

Music is an integral part of a liberal arts education and vital to campus life at Holy Cross. Every year, hundreds of students take advantage of a wide range of opportunities to explore, experience, and perform music both inside and outside the classroom. 

Our academic courses challenge students from across the curriculum to think, speak, and write effectively about music. Our performance ensembles bring students and faculty together to perform a diverse repertoire. Our program of instrumental and vocal instruction offers students private lessons, coaching, and master classes with exceptional performers drawn from across the country. Students find the skills emphasized in music (such as creativity, listening, and collaboration) are transferable to most disciplines and professions.

As a universal form of human expression, music transcends boundaries of language, culture, time and place. Whether you are interested in classical, popular, or world music, in music of the past or the present, in creating, performing, or simply listening, Holy Cross provides a rich context for engagement with music and the arts.

Students of all interests and passions, regardless of experience, are invited to become a part of our musical community. With a distinguished faculty, small classes, and a focus on mentoring, our vibrant program has something for everyone: for students who wish to major in music and for those who wish to explore music one course — or one concert — at a time. 

Program Highlights

The Department of Music offers courses in the history, theory, technology, and performance of music that cover topics reaching back through history and around the globe. Small classes, individual instruction, interdisciplinary opportunities, and a vibrant cocurricular performance program and concert schedule foster an interconnected environment of dynamic teacher-student interaction and collaboration both inside and outside of the classroom. Areas of study include:

  • Theory and composition
  • History and cultural studies
  • Performance studies
  • Classical music and popular music
  • World music and jazz
  • Audio engineering and music technology
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Instrumental and Vocal Lessons

Lessons are available through the music department for all instruments and voice.

Performance Opportunities and Ensembles

All students (majors and non-majors) are welcome to join a wide variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles.

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Music Scholarships

Outstanding high school students may be eligible for scholarships covering full tuition at Holy Cross.

Music News

Students attend the "Massively Distributed" event hosted by Arts Transcending Borders in spring 2021.
Holy Cross’ Montserrat Program Leverages Art in First-Years’ Education
Art is often a communal experience: sitting in a theater beside strangers in the dark or standing like sardines singing along at a concert, it offers the promise of coming together.
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Music Class and Web Series Help First-Year Students Immerse Themselves in Worcester’s Hip-Hop Culture
First-year students at Holy Cross have immersed themselves in Worcester’s hip-hop culture through Professor Megan Ross‘ hip-hop education class “Hip-Hop & the Community” and the “Hip-Hop With the Woo Crew” web series, The Boston Globe reports in a recent article. …
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Holy Cross Celebrates Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols Virtually
The 42nd Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols at College of the Holy Cross was held on December 18, 2020, via a YouTube premiere available to members of the Holy Cross community and their friends and family around the world. …