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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An audition is required for acceptance into all music degree programs, including the Bachelor of Music degree programs and the Bachelor of Arts degree programs.

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The number of qualified students from dozens of academic disciplines that participate in ensembles.

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Be inspired to plan your first visit or remember how it feels to be on Bucknell's campus. From the beauty of Bucknell's Malesardi quad to the gorgeous architecture in the Rooke Science Building (be sure to look up!) to the Weis Center for the Performing Arts and our well-used athletics fields, this 360 degree tour is a great way to see yourself at Bucknell.

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At Bucknell you’ll learn to take chances, listen to the world around you and begin the journey to finding your own voice.

Here, you can get a Bachelor of Arts in Music, or a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in either performance, contemporary composition, or cultural and critical studies in music, and/or a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance or music education.

Did You Know?

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 Bucknell Camerata and Rooke Chapel Ringers’ Christmas Candlelight Service has been televised nationally on PBS.

Jazz at Bucknell is a world class concert series that brings outstanding jazz musicians to campus to perform and work with our students.

The Bucknell Opera Theatre 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 Balinese music.

Faculty Spotlight

Meet all of our faculty

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


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


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


Performance Opportunities

  • Camerata
  • University Choir
  • Gamelan Ensemble
  • Jazz Band
  • Orchestra
  • Rooke Chapel Ringers
  • Symphonic Band
  • Bucknell Opera Theatre



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



202 Sigfried Weis Music Bldg.


General Information, please contact
Mrs. Bonnie Smith

T 570.577.1239



Prospective Students, please contact
Mrs. Brenda Ross

T 570.577.1216



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