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.


Program Contact
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, Conducting, Musicianship, Composition and Choral Arranging

Lisa Weiss, Professor of Music: Piano, Chamber Music

Part-Time Faculty
Jennifer Blades, Jihan von Hendricks, Mathew Lane, Stephanie Powell, Jason Widney

Private Instructors
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

Study Abroad

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:

Bali, Indonesia

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.

Arezzo, Italy

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.

Viterbo, Italy

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


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

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education 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.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.