We believe that music changes the world. As part of a liberal arts education, music and its study provide essential perspectives on culture and our identity as human beings. Sewanee music majors develop the creativity, musicianship, and critical thinking skills to understand and practice music in context. Both in and out of the classroom, our graduates collaborate with faculty and each other to train for a lifetime of meaningful musical engagement.
Why study Music at Sewanee?
If you study music at Sewanee, your talent will be cultivated in a variety of settings, increasing your professionalism, talent, and likelihood of success in postgraduate pursuits. A wide variety of music styles are represented here on the Mountain. Through composition, performance, theory, and music culture, you’ll be exposed to a wide range of tracks and be able to choose the paths that best suit your talents. We offer composition and theory, music history, and performance.
Sewanee has a long tradition of outstanding music making, from the nationally renowned University Choir and orchestras to faculty-led ensembles. You’ll get to experience choral music, jazz, classical, folk, and much more. Let the Sewanee music program connect you with other disciplines across campus. It's the embodiment of a liberal arts experience.
First Destinations: Music Majors
Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent graduates' first jobs.
- · Solo and ensemble performing career
- · Consulting job; music director at a church
- · Grant writer (currently writing for a health organization but looking to move into arts admin)
- · Seminarian and eventual ministry
- · K-12 teacher
- · Insurance and marketing
- · Health sciences graduate student and Teaching Assistant
- · Watson Fellowship involving music and culture at a variety of global locations
- · Completed graduate school in arts management, now highly placed with the SSMF
- · Multiple things since graduating, but performing as a chorister is always an essential part of that
- · Plays in a Spotify-verified band
- · Church organist in Nashville
- · A rising lawyer in SC
- · Fund-raising position at Carnegie Mellon U.
- · Mezzo-soprano vocal performer
FELLOWSHIP IN THE ARTS
Students with exceptional promise in performing or studio arts can apply for a Fellowship in the Arts. These fellowships range in value and are renewable for four years.
MUSIC THEORY & COMPOSITION PROGRAM
Interested in composing soundtracks for films? Mastering Logic Pro and recording techniques? Writing original music for orchestras? Or even conducting research in music neuroscience? The Music Theory & Composition Program at Sewanee can help. Faculty work closely with students to provide opportunities for creativity and self-expression through music; giving students the means to develop their skills and contextualize their work. Find more information on our program here.