Explore your love of music

Majoring in a related -- or even a non-related -- field but have interest in learning more about music and the performing arts? As an Alfred University student, you'll have plenty of opportunities for musical study and performance, regardless of your degree program with our Music minor.


Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY


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Program Contact

Lisa Lantz



Why the Music minor at AU?


Take piano and voice classes, or study privately in voice, piano and a variety of instruments, including the Davis Memorial Carillon.


Enjoy unlimited access to fine pianos and practice rooms. String, woodwind, and brass instruments are available for rent.


Be proud to call the extraordinary Miller Performing Arts Center home, featuring the Brooks Music Rehearsal Hall.

Music Ensembles

Students have a wide range of opportunities in numerous ensembles, both large and small, vocal and instrumental. Smaller ensembles may require an audition.

Minor Requirements (24 credits)

  • MUSC 110 Music Appreciation
  • MUSC 120 Music Theory I
  • MUSC 130 Class Piano I
  • MUSC 131 Class Piano II
  • MUSC 271-279 Music Ensembles
  • MUSC 101-108, 301-308 Applied Lessons (on primary instrument or voice)

Elective Credits in Music Courses - 4 credits

  • MUSC 121 Music Theory II
  • MUSC 211 World Music
  • MUSC 212 American Music
  • MUSC 213 Introduction to Jazz
  • MUSC 214 Reel Music in America
  • MUSC 200 Special Topics

University Chorus

The University Chorus is open to any student who enjoys singing and performing in a large mixed vocal ensemble. The group has a reputation for creative programming, including classical selections, jazz and contemporary music, spirituals, folk songs and Broadway hits. The chorus often performs a major work with the Symphony Orchestra.

Chamber Singers

This is a select group of 25 to 30 singers that performs a wide variety of music, from classical to folk, global, jazz and popular. The group performs on and off campus, touring internationally periodically. In June 2013 they toured Italy. June 2014 found them in China.

Voice Specific Choral Groups

Based on voices available, and interest by students, 2 separate groups are offered: higher range (soprano and alto) and lower range (tenor / bass).

Symphony Orchestra

The AU Symphony Orchestra offers instrumentalists the opportunity to study and perform music ranging from the Baroque Era to the Twentieth Century. Each semester, visiting artists as well as student soloists are featured in performance with the Orchestra. Biannually, the Orchestra joins with the Chorus and Chamber Singers to perform large choral works, such as Orff's "Carmina Burana,” Mozart's "Requiem,” Handel's "Messiah," Bach’s “Magnificat,” and Vivaldi's "Gloria." Auditions are not required.

Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble performs a wide variety of jazz in a standard big band setting. Students are encouraged to develop their skills in ensemble playing and to experiment with improvisation.

Symphonic Band

The Symphonic Band is open to any student who plays a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument, regardless of major. The repertoire ranges from orchestral transcriptions to original works composed for band or wind ensemble.

Performing Arts

Mission Statement

The faculty of the Performing Arts Division operates on the premise that we are teaching and nurturing lively individual human beings who are developing as critical thinkers and performing artists in a dynamic and ever-changing world. The complex processes we teach, and in which we engage as artists, provide for self and group expression in many realms, including the intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, social, and political. These processes also inculcate understanding in an educational setting predicated on the principles of integrated learning, directly applying the principles of a liberal arts education. We recognize and promote these processes as valuable to students in the classroom, production spaces and in performance.

Our intention is to provide our students with ideas, techniques, rehearsal methods and performance venues. These permit us individually and collectively - as students, faculty and community members - to explore the human condition, the range and intensity of human expression, and to comment on and react to the world around us. All students, regardless of major, training or experience, are openly urged to participate.

The processes of creating theatre, music, and dance is our primary focus. It is our fundamental teaching tool and the driving force behind our research and experimentation. Public performance is the culmination of the process. We strive to provide our students with meaningful experiences which will foster a continuing, long term appreciation and/or participation in the performing arts.

Through Performing Arts Division classes and performance venues, we aim to provide:

  • The best combination of curricular and co-curricular learning and performance opportunities for students at Alfred University;
  • The development of art and craft through inculcation of skills and self-discipline, leading to full participation in and advocacy of the arts;
  • The means by which all students with sufficient commitment may participate in these processes;
  • Opportunities for collaboration among all of the fine arts and other liberal arts disciplines;
  • Models for our students and colleagues in the efforts and ethics of making art within a liberal arts environment;
  • A clear, well-thought out study of diverse and evolving processes in the development of the performance arts and performing artists;
  • The surrounding University and local community with high quality work which represents a wide range of cultures, historical periods, styles, and techniques;
  • A continuous raising of cultural awareness and esteem of the performing arts.

Faculty / Staff

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Lisa Lantz

Professor Music/Strings