Instrumental Music

The instrumental music program, directed by Heidi Jacob, includes opportunities for music majors and non-majors to perform in Orchestra and Chamber Music ensembles. Those students in orchestra are guided in sectionals by top professional musicians throughout the academic year. For students who are also enrolled in the Chamber Music Program there are numerous opportunities for coachings from visiting artists on the Guest Artist Series and from resident ensembles. For all students there are various avenues for performances of chamber music and solo repertoire both on and off campus including on campus "Coffee House" concerts held at Bryn Mawr College.


The orchestra currently has over seventy members and performs from a wide range of works. The group performs twice a year and additionally performs with the Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chorale. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 9:30 pm in Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium.

Chamber Music

The chamber music program is open to all instrumentalists who have auditioned for orchestra. Pianists must pass a separate audition, held at the beginning of each semester. The chamber music groups are expected to meet twice a week; once for a student led rehearsal and once for a lesson with their chamber music coach.

Private Study Lessons

Currently there are over 400 students participating in faculty and student-led ensembles and private lessons between Haverford and Bryn Mawr. Students who are accepted in a faculty-led program (chorale, chamber singers, orchestra, piano study) can take partially-subsidized private lessons for one-half graded credit per semester with any teacher in the Greater Philadelphia area whose credentials are approved by the department of music. Rosters of excellent teachers who are already approved for study and teach on campus are available, many of whom are associated with the Curtis Institute, Temple University, and perform with major musical organizations in the city.

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