Department of Music
You won’t get this kind of education anywhere else.
Music has been at the heart of Susquehanna since the university was founded more than 150 years ago. Our rich and vibrant legacy of excellence attracts high-caliber students and faculty who share a passion not only for music, but for learning from one another.
Students say we provide small-school advantages as well as big-school opportunities. With our collaborative yet competitive spirit, we enjoy a reputation as one of the best music departments in any liberal arts college in the country.
At Susquehanna, you’ll get to know your peers and professors well. Friendly competition will inspire you—and drive you to improve your skills. You’ll be challenged to branch out to try new instruments, if you want, to broaden your musical comfort zone, and grow as a musician, performer and creative thinker.
Bachelor of Arts
Designed for students interested in combining the study of music with a non-music discipline.
Bachelor of Music in Music Education
Prepares for professional careers as choral and instrumental music teachers in grades K–12.
Bachelor of Music in Performance
Prepares outstanding musicians and performers for public concerts and recitals, studio teaching, and other professional endeavors.
Bachelor of Music in Composition
A specialized emphasis for students interested in composing original works.
Courses include audio engineering, music production, computer composition and computer performance
Courses include theory I, theory II and ear training
Courses include ear training, applied lessons and performance ensemble
Jennifer Sacher Wiley
Shaping and guiding musicians on the personal and group level »
- Nearly 100% of music education graduates are employed within six months of graduation.
- The finest venue for live music at Susquehanna is Stretansky Concert Hall, which seats 320 and is used for everything from student recitals to fully staged opera performances with orchestra.
- Music students at Susquehanna can double major in virtually any other discipline with the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree.
- Music education majors begin to visit public school classrooms as early as their freshman year.
- The music faculty at Susquehanna are professional performers with worldwide experience.
- Performance students get on stage early and often, with two solo recitals necessary for the degree and numerous additional opportunities to perform.
- Many music majors fulfill their Global Opportunities (GO) requirement by traveling to such places as Italy or Japan.
- Both Degenstein Center Theater and Weber Chapel Auditorium have orchestra pits that meet the instrumental needs of a Broadway show.
Information for Prospective Students
Students seeking admission to Susquehanna's Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts in music degree programs will conduct an audition for the department faculty. The audition should follow the submission of an application for admission to the university.
Auditions will include a performance on your primary instrument/voice and an evaluation of basic musicianship skills. For information specific to your instrument or voice and a list of suggested repertoire, please visit the Auditions page. The repertoire samples included are not required pieces, but serve as examples of appropriate audition material.
Music Preparatory Program
For children and adults. Individual lessons in voice, piano, organ, harp, and most band and orchestra instruments as well as group classes. More »
Music @ Susquehanna Recordings
Listen to selected performances from some of the department's ensembles.More »
Find us on Facebook
Keep up to date with all the music department's happenings. Sneak peeks, videos, shout outs and more. More »
Watch performance excerpts from student ensembles: Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Big Band and more. More »
Explore outlets for musical expression in: singing; strings; wind, brass & percussion; and keyboard.More »
Explore our Facilities
Take a look at the department's well-appointed performance venues, music technology studios, classroom/practice spaces and instruments. More »
Italian flutist Vanni Montanari and Swiss guitarist Donato D’Antonio will bring their signature mix of multinational classic and contemporary repertoires to Susquehanna University’s stage on Nov. 12. »
Trevor Stephenson, a renowned performer and expert in keyboard instruments, will visit Susquehanna University as part of the inaugural season of the Martha Barker Blessing Musicians-in-Residence series. »
Internationally acclaimed opera singer Dawn Upshaw and renowned pianist Gilbert Kalish will open Susquehanna University’s Artist Series season with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in Degenstein Center Theater. »
Susquehanna University’s music department will host four preeminent musicians for the 2014–15 academic year to kick off the inaugural year of the Martha Barker Blessing Musicians-in-Residence Series. »
The James Jordan who entered Susquehanna University in 1971—a small-town kid from the Pennsylvania coal region who played “a little” clarinet in high school—was a far cry from the master teacher and world-renowned conductor who returned to Susquehanna. »