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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.

School

Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY

Major

none offered

Minor

Music

Program Contact

Lisa Lantz

lantz@alfred.edu

607-871-2569

Why the Music minor at AU?

Variety

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

Instruments

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

Facilities

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.

Requirements for the Music minor

  • 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 Private Lessons (on primary instrument or voice)

Note: Technique classes such as Beginning Voice, MUSC 132, may be substituted for one semester
of private lesson.

Select 4 credit hours from:

  • MUSC 200 Special Topics
  • MUSC 211 World Music
  • MUSC 212 American Music
  • MUSC 213 Introduction to Jazz
  • MUSC 214 Reel Music in America
  • MUSC 220 Music Theory II

 University Chorus

The Alfred University Chorus is a large ensemble open to any student on campus who enjoys singing and experiencing music in a collaborative setting.  The chorus is also open to faculty and community members providing a unique opportunity for students to see their professors in a different setting and to engage with the Alfred community. The choir’s repertoire varies each year from major works with orchestra to contemporary classical and popular music, musical theater, spirituals, gospel and global music.  The University Chorus usually performs once each semester but at times will perform off campus in the surrounding area or in Rochester.

University Chamber Singers

The Alfred University Chamber Singers is a select vocal ensemble initiated in 1995 as a response to student enthusiasm for a smaller, more challenging choral experience.  Since their inception, the Chamber Singers have performed to standing ovations both nationally and internationally, having toured Scandinavia (2000), Peru (2004), Greece & Bulgaria (2007), Italy (2013), and China (2014).  Open to all students on campus by audition, the Chamber Singers includes musicians from a wide variety of academic disciplines and truly represents the University’s commitment to liberal education.  The singers are dedicated to performance of the highest quality choral literature from the Renaissance through contemporary compositions, including classical, folk, jazz and popular, and music celebrating a global perspective. On occasion they combine with the University Chorus to perform major works with orchestra.  Most recently the Chamber Singers were invited to sing for Chinese New Year at the Chinese Consulate in New York City.

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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