ChooseWhy Choose This Program?
Why Study Music at Goucher?
At Goucher, music is one of the liberal arts. Questions about the place of music in culture, its power, and the diversity of its appearance are important issues in the curriculum. Goucher's approach to music is ideal for the student who wishes to explore musical interests in depth and who also wants the kind of intellectual challenge that is not often available in a conservatory setting.
LearnWhat Will You Learn?
What Will You Learn?
Goucher provides instruction to students who wish to study music as a manifestation of a civilization or culture, who will use music as an avocation, and who wish to enter professions in music. Thorough preparation is given to those who intend to pursue graduate study or begin a career.
DoWhat Will You Do?
What Will You Do?
In both the music major and minor, courses are designed to enable students to acquire a balance of harmonic and structural study, historical and analytical information, interpretive and performing experience, and compositional technique. Students may also pursue other interests and career options by combining music courses with courses in other programs. The curriculum provides graduates with the knowledge and experience to become music educators, composers, performers, critics, journalists, and arts administrators, as well as to work in computer music or pursue graduate study in music technology.
Music program contact: Kendall Kennison
Full-Time and Half-Time Faculty
Samuel Burt, Instructor of Music: Computer Music
Jeffrey Chappell, Instructor of Music: Jazz
Kendall Kennison, Professor of Music: Theory and Composition
Elisa Koehler, Associate Professor of Music: Conducting, orchestration, trumpet history and literature, historic brass instruments, American cultural history, nineteenth-century wind bands, and music theory pedagogy using technology.
Fred Mauk, Professor of Music: Musicology
Daniel McDavitt, Assistant Professor of Music: Choirs
Lisa Weiss, Professor of Music: Piano, Chamber Music
Jennifer Blades, Jihan von Hendricks, Mathew Lane, Stephanie Powell, Jason Widney
Tim Anderson, Cello
Karen Bakkegard, horn
Wes Crawford, percussion
David Evans, mandolin
Gene Griswold, bassoon
Mary Hamlin-Spencer, organ
Heather Haughn, violin
Edna Huang, clarinet
Rhoda Jeng, piano
David LaVorgna, flute
John Locke, percussion
Nick Mazziott, trombone
Shelia Nevius, saxophone
Mary Poling, oboe
Jacqueline Pollauf, harp
Michael Polonchak, viola
Laura Ruas, bass
Gilbert Spencer, voice
Jay Walton, tuba
Carol Wolfe-Ralph, piano
Steve Yankee, guitar
By studying abroad, choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher music students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. Study-abroad opportunities for music students include:
Arts, Culture and Music in Bali is a 3 credit intensive course abroad preceded by a one credit 7 week pre-departure course. Students will study Balinese performing arts. They will engage in individualized ethnographic research inquiry into selected topics in Balinese culture and society. Site visits, performances, and ceremonies provide context and invite reflection on Bali's remarkable cultural geography and traditions, and the island's complex relationships to globalization.
Theatre, Dance and Music students can study performing arts in the Accademia Dell'Arte program in the medieval city of Arezzo, Italy in the heart of Tuscany. The Accademia combines an intensive Italian language program and academic studies with a semester of high level theatre, music or dance performance training. Students experience a rigorous education that takes place in an atmosphere that encourages individual expression and experimentation providing students with the skills and techniques that form the fundamental basis for which excellence and creativity emerge. Two Goucher theatre majors per semester can study in the theatre program. Two Goucher music majors can apply for fall semester in the music program. Fall Semester Music Program application procedure requires submission of supplemental materials. The dance program is offered in the spring semester and is limited to highly skilled dance majors. Prior to the start of the program, students will enroll in a four-week language intensive class. Students live in the Villa Godiola, in furnished, double occupancy, ensuite rooms.
Paris, Marseille, and Avignon, France
This course is an experiential introduction to the dynamic world of contemporary French theatre in three distinct parts of France: Avignon & rural Provence, Marseille, and Paris. Students get to know each area through French people, and improve language skills in immersion environments such as homestay families, theatre workshops, and cooking classes. Experienced theatre students profit from direct engagement with French traditions of performance, while beginners discover and develop skills such as vocal projection and characterization. For all students, theatre work offers tools for developing conversational ease in French while plays and performances provide a window into contemporary French culture. The capstone project is a Goucher Theatre Department production presented as part of the Department's fall program. Each student's participation is based on the individual's skills and interests.
This program is ideal for students interested in studying Italian, History, Art, Journalism or Environmental Studies in a bustling university town in central Italy. Viterbo is a great location to study and practice the Italian language and to experience its rich culture away from English-speaking tourist areas. The city is also rich in historical, artistic and monumental legacies. There is no better setting for art students than Italy. You'll gain firsthand experience of Italian art through participation in course field trips and by visiting the actual works themselves on your own.
Visit the Office of International Studies website for more information.
Opportunities & Internships
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 Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Peabody Conservatory Archives, Administrative
offices 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.
Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain
experience. Explore internships and credit options.
Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Development
Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study
to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students
have access to Goucher Recruit — an online site for job postings and job fair events.
Major & Career Exploration
Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step
process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students
have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.
A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students
can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CDO Job Search page.
Graduate & Professional School
Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CDO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.
- Image associated with "The 2017 Annual Janet and Avery Fisher Music Residency: The Calder Quartet at Merrick Lecture Hall"October 18, 2017
Lecture-Recital and Master Class
The Calder Quartet, winners of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, have an exciting presence on concert stages, television, and in classrooms around the world. They will give a master class with Goucher’s Small Ensembles class.
- Image associated with "The 2017 Annual Janet and Avery Fisher Music Residency: The Calder Quartet at Merrick Lecture Hall"October 19, 2017
The Calder Quartet, winners of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, have an exciting presence on concert stages, television, and in classrooms around the world. They will give a concert featuring Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14, “Death and the Maiden,” Janaček’s String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters,” and Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason’s 2015 piece “Stillshot.”
- October 26, 2017
Students from the Music Program’s private studios will perform solo and chamber works.