Applied Music Study and Ensembles
Unlike the situation at schools with a conservatory or large music department, non-majors at Haverford are allowed opportunities to sing or play in fine ensembles, perform as soloists with one of our choirs or the Haverford-Bryn Mawr Orchestra, or even gain experience conducting under the guidance of faculty directors.
Music faculty members are happy to be contacted by prospective students. You are also welcome to schedule a visit to music classes and rehearsals. Check the Faculty Page for the faculty member in your area of interest.
All students who are interested in participating in music performance at Haverford or Bryn Mawr should complete an arts supplement with their application. Composers, too, are encouraged to submit samples of their work. Such samples allow the admissions office and music faculty to learn more about your musical skills and accomplishments. Follow the instructions on the Common Application for the arts supplement.
Choral and Vocal Study
Ensemble singing has always been an important part of traditional campus life at Haverford and Bryn Mawr. The bi-college community is home to an unusually large variety of singing groups embracing a wide range of musical styles.
The instrumental music program includes opportunities for music majors and non-majors to perform in Orchestra and Chamber Music ensembles. Students are guided in sectionals and receive coaching by top professional musicians throughout the academic year.
Private piano or other keyboard study may be pursued at Haverford-Bryn Mawr non-academically or for course credit.
Students who are accepted into a faculty-led program 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.