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Skidmore College
Music Department


The Department of Music meets the needs of three populations: students majoring in music, students with a musical interest who may be enrolled to meet all-College requirements or for personal interest, and the community at large. By taking courses, participating in performance opportunities, or attending events, members of these groups will enhance their understanding of and appreciation for music as an art form.

Students majoring in music develop an integrated understanding of music as creative work, as historical and cultural expression, and as performance. Music students build on their abilities (a) to understand the art, structures, and historical and cultural functions of music and (b) to perform music as soloists and members of ensembles. Students also have the opportunity to grow as composers, arrangers, and studio engineers. During their studies, they demonstrate their abilities through written essays and oral presentations, notated musical scores, recorded and synthesized musical creations, and live performance.

Recitals, lectures, master classes, residencies, and other public events offer the College and the community at large the enrichment of the live musical experience and access to an ongoing discourse on the art of music.

Music Events

  • 2/23
    Zankel Music Center: Tara Helen O'Connor, flute Randall Ellis, oboe David Jolley, horn Alan R. Kay, clarinet Frank Morelli, bassoon Tickets: $8 adults, $5 seniors/Skidmore, free for students and…
  • 2/24
  • 3/03
    Zankel Music Center: American Originals Anthony G. Holland, Conductor CHARLES IVES YalePrinceton Football Game Postlude in F SOPHIE KASTNER ‘19 Student composer,…
  • 3/29
    Zankel Music Center: Blues for two or more will feature the Reverend Robert Jones, veteran bluesman from Detroit, MI, and another fine singer from Boston, MA, Carolyn Waters.…
  • 4/01
    Filene Hall Filene Recital Hall: Skidmore Wind Recital will feature Skidmore students performing solos and chamber ensembles. The recital starts at 5:30 PM.