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Instrumental Music at Haverford

There are many ways in which Haverford is an ideal place to pursue your musical interests in the context of a challenging liberal arts curriculum. For those considering a major or minor in music, there are a course offering taught by the five members of Haverford's regular faculty covering an unusually broad variety of disciplines, ranging from Western harmony, counterpoint, composition, and history, to the music of Native Americans, Asia, and jazz. However, unlike the situation at a school with a conservatory or large music department, non-majors aren't crowded out of opportunities to sing or play in a fine ensemble, perform as a soloist with one of our choirs or orchestras, or even gain experience conducting under the guidance of faculty directors.

In addition, every year internationally renowned ensembles come to campus to perform and give master classes in chamber music. Past ensembles have included Moscow, Ying, Colorado, Cavani, American and Mendelsohn string quartets, the Dorian Woodwind Quintet, Music from Bard Festival and the Boston and Empire Brass. Those students in orchestra are guided in sectionals by top Philadelphia and professional musicians throughout the academic year. There are various avenues for performances both on and off campus including on campus "Coffee House" concerts, held at Bryn Mawr College. These performances combine chamber music and solo repertoire.


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For more information about Orchestra at Haverford College, please email Heidi Jacob.

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