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.

student playing the organ
Music Scholarships

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

Music News

photo collage, Alpha Sigma Nu recipients
31 Holy Cross Students Inducted Into Jesuit Honor Society
Thirty-one Holy Cross students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu,  the Jesuit honor society founded in 1915, at a virtual ceremony held recently. The new inductees exemplify the society’s values of excellence in scholarship, loyalty and service.  Selection to Alpha …
Osvaldo Golijov, Loyola professor of music. Photo by Avanell Brock
Grammy Award-Winning Composer and Music Professor Osvaldo Golijov Is Making National Headlines Once Again
In 2000, with his “La Pasión Según San Marcos,” renowned composer Osvaldo Golijov, Loyola professor of music at Holy Cross, became “the international voice of a multicultural new millennium,” the Los Angeles Times said recently.  Today, Golijov—a member of the …
Photo by Avanell Brock
COVID Chronicles: Student Project Documents On- and Off-Campus Life Amid Pandemic
In the midst of the disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic this past spring, while many of his peers were still grappling with the challenges of a sudden shift to remote learning, John Larsen ’22 had something else on …