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The number of music ensembles open to qualified students, regardless of major. Hundreds of students from dozens of academic disciplines participate.

Songs for Sandy Hook

Doug Bogan '13When he heard the news about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Doug Bogan '13 hugged his mother tight. Like many in his community, the Wilton resident would soon discover that several of his friends had personal connections to the victims.

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Bucknell Orchestra Concert

Bucknell Orchestra Concert

Arts Merit Scholarships

A limited number of Arts Merit Scholarships are available for music majors as well as non-majors who wish to participate in Department of Music ensembles or chamber groups, or to provide musical accompaniment. 

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At Bucknell you’ll have plenty of opportunities for your love of music to hit a crescendo. Learn about the theory, history and influence of musical styles and grow as an artist.

Here, you can get a Bachelor of Arts in Music and/or a professional Bachelor of Music degree in performance, composition and music education. Challenging and diverse ensemble opportunities are open to both music majors and students from disciplines all across campus. Ensembles include Concert Chorale, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Opera Company, Gamelan, Jazz Band, Chapel Choir and Handbells.

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The Department of Music presents approximately 100 concerts, recitals, masterclasses, and lectures each year in the Rooke Recital Hall and the Weis Center

Bachelor of Arts: A general program of study of music within the liberal arts, designed to equip students with a broad background in music theory, history and performance.
Bachelor of Music: A highly specialized program with individualized professional programs. Students may choose from three curricula: performance, composition or music education.

Participation in all music ensembles is open to qualified students, regardless of major.

The Gallery Series is a nationally recognized performance series focusing on experimental and avant-garde musical events.

The Rooke Chapel Choir and Rooke Chapel Ringers’ Christmas Candlelight Service has been televised nationally on PBS.

The Bucknell University Orchestra performs an annual concert featuring student Senior Concerto Competition winners.

The Bucknell Opera Company has gained recognition for creative performances of a wide-ranging repertoire, including a significant number of premieres.

The World Music class offers opportunities to participate in workshops and classes in Arabic music, African dance and drumming, and steel band.

Get to Know Us


Paul Botelho

Assistant Professor

Paul Botelho

I shape sound. In my electro-acoustic works, it is akin to working with a canvas, which is time, where I create a trajectory or stasis or environment.

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Annie Randall

Professor

Annie Randall

When I was in graduate school, popular music history wasn't taught. That's changing, thank goodness. Popular music studies is a rapidly expanding branch of musicology.

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Bill Kenny

Professor

Bill Kenny

The facilities here are absolutely first-rate, and students from all areas of the University participate in our music program. Whether they are engineering, arts and sciences or management majors, one thing they have in common is a love of music.

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Hands-on Experience


Summer Study

Make the World Your Classroom

Students have been selected for participation in summer programs around the world such as:

  • Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in England
  • The Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida
  • Voce e bel canto and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival and Institute in Italy
  • The Summer Institute and Festival at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina

ensembles

Performance Opportunities

  • Symphonic Band
  • Orchestra
  • Concert Chorale
  • Jazz Band
  • Opera
  • Chapel Choir
  • Chapel Ringers
  • Balinese & Javanese Gamelan

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Internships

Internships provide career experience and networking opportunities for music majors. Recently, students have interned at:

  • The Metropolitan Opera
  • The Washington National Opera
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra
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