Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, the faculty members consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student's education. As an aid to career development, music students are placed in organizations such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center to gain experience in the various areas of arts administration in music. Internships are also available accompanying singers and/or instrumentalists under faculty supervision. Experiences may include performing in or arranging music for small ensembles or jazz groups and apprenticeships in various aspects of the composing professions, computer music, and music recording technology. Internships also may be chosen in music libraries in Baltimore and adjacent cities for experience in bibliography and technical services relating to music and music criticism.
The variety of internships that have been completed under the supervision of this department is evidence of the flexible and creative applicability of degrees in economics. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Development Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.
A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Development Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship in economics should contact their individual academic advisers.
Performance, Ensembles, Instruction
The Music Department offers a broad range of opportunities in group and solo performance. Musical performance at Goucher includes both large and small ensembles, as well as private lessons.
The Orchestra, the Chorus, and the African Drum and Dance Ensemble are Goucher's three large ensembles. Small groups include the Goucher Chamber Music Group, the Chamber Singers, the Opera Workshop, Percussion Ensemble, Piano Ensemble, and the Jazz Ensemble. Participation in group performance ordinarily requires audition or permission of the instructor. Audition times are announced at the beginning of each semester. Course credit may be earned at the rate of 1.5 credit hours per semester per group. Ensemble participation can be taken for credit or as an audit. The department maintains informal ties with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra (BCO) and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society (BCAS), whose director, Tom Hall, is also the director of the Goucher Chorus. Goucher is the home base for the performances of both the BCO and the BCAS.
Individual instruction in woodwind, brass, stringed instruments, guitar, organ, piano, percussion, and voice is available to all students at all levels, from beginning through advanced. Lessons are given by the finest musicians in the Baltimore-Washington area, many of whom also teach at the Peabody Conservatory and perform with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Course credit is earned at a rate of 1.5 credit hours per semester. Ordinarily, there is a limit of one course of private lessons per semester. (See course descriptions for MUS 160-188 for information regarding requirements.) Students may take up to 24 performance credits, including credit earned in private instrumental and vocal lessons and in ensembles. With the permission of the instructor, there is no limit to the number of times that ensemble performance courses may be taken as an audit. Music majors who concentrate in either performance or education may take an additional 1.5 credits for the senior recital. Ordinarily the 24-credit limit may not be exceeded unless the student petitions the department explaining the need for more performance credits in a particular course of study. (Private conducting and composition lessons may be included in the 24 performance credits, at the discretion of the department chair.)
Scholarships in the Arts
To recognize, promote, and attract students with creative talent in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, Goucher offers two types of arts scholarships, awarded independent of financial need.
The Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship (FPAS)
These scholarships are awarded to incoming first-year students in dance, theatre, music, and visual art, in the amount of $10,000 per year. The FPAS is renewable for up to eight semesters, provided the recipient satisfies the renewal requirements, including full-time enrollment, a semester GPA of 3.00 or higher, and continued active participation in endeavors related to the arts to the satisfaction of the department sponsoring the scholarship (art and art history, dance, music, or theatre).
To be considered for these scholarships, students are required to submit a complete Scholarship in the Arts application in the area for which they wish to be considered by February 1.
The Rosenberg Scholarships in Music, Dance, and Visual Art and the Wilhelm Scholarship in Theatre
Continuing students compete for scholarships, awarded in the amount of $7,500 for one year. Unlike the FPAS, the Rosenberg and Wilhelm Scholarships are awarded for one year only.
The Scholarships in the Arts (FPAS, Rosenberg or Wilhelm) can only be applied toward billable charges (tuition, room, and board). None of the Scholarships in the Arts can be combined with a John Franklin Goucher Scholarship, Tuition Exchange, or a Tuition Remission benefit from Goucher College. In addition, students applying for need-based financial aid should note that receiving a Scholarship in the Arts will influence their demonstrated financial need and may, therefore, reduce some other portion of their need-based aid package.