Academic Programs


The music curriculum is designed to deepen understanding of musical form and expression through development of skills in composition and performance joined with analysis of musical works and their place in various cultures. A major in music provides a foundation for further study leading to a career in music.

The composition/theory program stresses proficiency in aural, keyboard, and vocal skills, and written harmony and counterpoint. Composition following important historical models and experimentation with contemporary styles are emphasized.

The musicology program, which emphasizes European, North American, and Asian traditions, considers music in the rich context of its social, religious, and aesthetic surroundings.

The performance program offers opportunities to participate in the Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chamber Singers, Chorale, Orchestra, and ensembles formed within the context of Haverford's Chamber Music Program. Students can receive academic credit for participating in these ensembles (Music 102, 214, 215, 216, and 219), and can receive credit for Private Study (Music 208 for Instrumental Study, Music 209 for Voice Study, and Music 210 for Piano and Organ Study).


  • Curt Cacioppo, Ruth Marshall Magill Professor of Music, Chair
  • Richard Freedman, John C. Whitehead Professor of Music
  • Ingrid Arauco, Professor of Music
  • Heidi Jacob, Associate Professor of Music, Director of the Haverford-Bryn Mawr Orchestral Program
  • Thomas Lloyd, Associate Professor of Music, Director of the Haverford-Bryn Mawr Choral Program
  • Christine Cacioppo, Visiting Instructor of Music


The Union Music Building houses classrooms, practice rooms, the music library and listening room, as well as the MacCrate Recital Hall for rehearsals and small concerts. The 11 practice rooms in Union Building and Roberts Hall house over 20 pianos, the majority of which are grands. Large concerts take place in the Marshall Auditorium of Roberts Hall which offers a Bösendorfer Imperial concert grand piano, a Schlicker two-manuel Baroque style organ, and a Shortridge-Jacquet two manuel harpsichord. Additional music resources include a five-octave Zuckerman clavichord, CD-Rom instructional and research stations, and an electronic music lab.

Special Programs and Funds

The Music Department Guest Artist Series presents distinguished and emerging performers in public concerts, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, reading sessions, and informal encounters. Among artist recently featured have been Native American flutist Mary Youngblood, the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, pianist Charles Abramovic, violinist Arnold Steinhardt, the Network for New Music, and the American String Quartet.

The William Heartt Reese Music Fund was established in 1977 to honor William Heartt Reese, professor of music and conductor of the glee club and orchestra at Haverford from 1947 to 1975. The fund supports applied music lessons for students enrolled in the department's private study program.

The John H. Davison '51 Fund for Student Composers supports new works by student composers. This fund recognizes John's 40 years of teaching and musical creativity at Haverford.

The Orpheus Prize is awarded for exceptional achievement in the practice of tonal harmony.

The Kessinger Family Fund for Asian Performing Arts sponsors musical performances and lecture-demonstrations that enrich Haverford's cross-cultural programs. Since its inception in 1997, the fund has sponsored visits by artist representing traditions of South, Central, and East Asia, and Indonesia.

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