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Department of Music

Kristyn L. Kuhlman, Director

The music faculty is committed to developing programs that integrate the Christian tradition with the study of music. A very favorable student-faculty ratio provides excellent opportunities for individualized instruction. The Roberts Wesleyan College Music Department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Department’s facilities include large teaching studios, sound-controlled practice rooms, a one-thousand-seat concert hall with a nine-foot Steinway grand piano, a small recital hall with a beautiful fourteen-rank tracker pipe organ, the Robert Shewan Recital Hall with a seven-foot Steinway grand, and an excellent library of music books, scores, disc recordings, compact discs, and listening equipment. The Department offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education, the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Performance, the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, and a major in Fine Arts with a music emphasis. These degree programs are registered with and approved by the New York State Education Department.

Elective courses and private lessons are available to students in other divisions of the College (all fees apply), and ensembles are open to all students by audition. Students not majoring in Music or Music Education may register for applied music with or without credit. All fees apply.

The Music Department includes a Community Music School which offers private and class instruction to students of all ages from the community. Private and class lessons are taught by both professors and upper-division students.

The proximity of the Music Department to the outstanding musical and other cultural advantages of Rochester creates a favorable setting for a liberal arts college offering degrees in Music.

Student applicants should address inquiries to the Director of Admissions. In addition to meeting regular requirements for admission to the College, the applicant who intends to major in Music must present, as part of the application, an audition which demonstrates acceptable musical capability. Students must schedule an audition through the Music Department when the regular application for admission is initiated. To speak with a representative in the Department of Music, call 585.594.6320.

Admission to the Major
Students apply for admission to the Music major at the end of the sophomore year. Music Education students must also apply to the Teacher Education Program by the end of the sophomore year.

Scholarship Auditions
Scholarship auditions are held annually during the fall and spring semesters for new students. Scholarship auditions are also open to talented non-music majors.

Music Ensembles
Membership in major ensembles is required of all Music majors and is open to all qualified students. Participation in one major ensemble earns 2 semester hours of credit per year.

The Chorale performs a wide range of choral literature for men’s and women’s voices. Concerts are presented on annual tours and in the surrounding area. Auditions are held each fall.

The Wind Ensemble performs an extensive range of concert repertoire. Concerts are presented on an annual tour and in the surrounding area. Auditions are held each fall.

The College-Community Orchestra is open to qualified instrumentalists from the College and community. The orchestra normally performs five concerts each year.

The Women’s Choir offers opportunities for performance both on and off campus. The choir is open to all women students without auditions.

Jazz Ensembles perform as a variety of stage band and combos. Participation is arranged through the instructor. Registration is through the following courses.

  • MUS 264 Jazz Ensemble
  • MUS 266 Jazz Combo
  • MUS 1021 Jazz Improvisation (as private applied lessons)

Chamber Ensembles meet weekly, performing a variety of literature and offering opportunities for performance both on and off campus. Membership is by audition.  They include:

  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Flute Choir
  • Clarinet Ensemble
  • Woodwind Quintet
  • Saxophone Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble
  • String Ensemble
  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Music Department Handbook
See the Music Department Handbook, available in the Music Department office, for details concerning departmental policies.

Jazz Studies
Piano Pedagogy Certificate
M.Ed. in Music Education