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Interested in Ensembles or Taking Music Lessons?

For more information about the Music Department and its offerings please contact the department at music@vassar.edu.

The Department of Music at Vassar College offers lessons for both music majors and for non-music majors in many areas: piano, organ, voice, guitar, harp, percussion, all strings, woodwinds, and brass. All lessons are private and the student meets with the instructor once a week for 50 minutes. There are normally thirteen lessons per semester. Most studios have a performance class at the end of each semester. Music lessons at the college level require self-motivation and daily practice and are to be considered an academic pursuit.

Most studios require auditions in order to take lessons. Because of the large number of students who wish to study voice, piano, guitar, violin and viola the department holds scheduled auditions for these at the very beginning of the year. Audition sign-up sheets (posted outside Room 105 in Skinner Hall) and online sign-up forms will be available beginning August 22, 2016. Where to sign up is listed below, and here.

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Instrumental Ensembles

Orchestra & Chamber Music Auditions

The Vassar College Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra of about 60 students. The group meets twice a week and gives two or three concerts per semester, performing master works of the symphonic repertoire. Participation is open to all students by audition regardless of their chosen majors.

The Vassar College Chamber Music program offers students opportunities to participate in string quartets, piano trios, wind quintets, and other less traditional formations depending on the repertoire. The groups perform once each semester in the recital hall and several times in other venues on and off campus. Participation is open to all students by audition and may be taken for credit.

Orchestra Information Meeting with Auditions to Follow

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 4:30 pm
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 12 pm - 3:45 pm
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Wind Ensemble Information Meeting

The Vassar College Wind Ensemble is a 50-member ensemble of student and community musicians. Founded in 2001, the Wind Ensemble plays two concerts per year, usually late in the fall and spring semesters, and features works of the wind and band repertoire.

Monday, August 29, 2016, 8 pm
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music
(Audition music will be distributed at this meeting.)

Jazz and Wind Ensemble Auditions

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 12 pm - 9 pm
Skinner Hall of Music, Room 421

Jazz Ensemble Information Meeting

The Vassar College Jazz Ensemble is a 20-piece group of student musicians playing saxophones, trumpets, trombones, piano, double bass, guitar, and drums; vocalists are often featured as well. It performs literature ranging from the Big Band Era to jazz-rock fusion. The Jazz Combo program offers students the opportunity to play in smaller ensembles with a strong focus on jazz improvisation.

Monday, August 29, 2016, 7 pm
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music
(Audition music will be distributed at this meeting.)

Jazz and Wind Ensemble Auditions

Sign up for an audition time online

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 12 pm - 9 pm
Skinner Hall of Music, Room 421

Voice Auditions

Voice lessons involve the study of the bel canto tradition in singing, with a focus predominantly on classical vocal repertoire and technique. Auditions are competitive.

Sign up for an audition time online

Fall 2016 Choral/Voice Lesson Information Sessions

Thursday August 25, 2016 — Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

10:00 – 11:00 am
11:00 – 12:00 pm

All students interested in singing in the choirs (Women’s Chorus, Mixed Chorus, Madrigals) or auditioning for voice lessons should attend one of these sessions. There will be a short presentation followed by Q&A.

Choral Auditions

To ensure an audition time, please sign up in advance online

Monday, August 29, 2016, 5:00 – 10:00 pm — Chapel, Choral Room

Students are encouraged to prepare one classical vocal piece in any language, preferably memorized. Please bring a copy of the music with piano accompaniment, as an accompanist will be provided. Students who do not have a classical piece prepared may also present selections from musical theatre or other music genres.

Voice Lesson Auditions

To ensure an audition time, please sign up in advance online

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 1:00 – 5:00 pm — Skinner Hall of Music, Thekla Hall (Room 400)

(To ensure an audition time, please sign up in advance online - form to be posted by 8/22.) Students are encouraged to prepare one classical vocal piece in any language, preferably memorized. Please bring a copy of the music with piano accompaniment, as an accompanist will be provided. Students who do not have a classical piece prepared may also present selections from musical theatre or other music genres.

Piano Auditions

Monday, August 29, 2016, 5:00 - 7:30 pm — Skinner Hall of Music, Thekla Hall (Room 400)

Please prepare two short, contrasting pieces.

Sign-up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall Music Dept Office, Room 105

Guitar Auditions

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 pm — Skinner Hall of Music (Room 325)

Sign-up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall Music Dept Office, Room 105

Viola Auditions

Sign-up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall Music Dept Office, Room 105

Violin Auditions

Sign-up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall Music Dept Office, Room 105

Other Instruments

Bass, Bassoon, Cello, Jazz Guitar, Clarinet, Flute, French Horn, Harp, Harpsichord, Jazz Piano, Oboe, Organ, Percussion, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, and Tuba

Please note the sign-up sheets outside Skinner Hall Music Dept Office, Room 105 for all other instruments. Instructor contact information will also be posted.

Fees and Scholarships

Students may take lessons for credit or non-credit. Music lessons are not covered by tuition; they cost an additional $670 per semester. If a student receives any amount of financial aid from Vassar and elects performance lessons for credit, he/she will be eligible for a music scholarship in one instrument per semester. Scholarship forms are available in the Financial Aid office. Forms must be submitted each semester of lessons.