Music at Davidson

We teach students how to think, create, perform, and communicate, and to do so in a critical, expressive, and articulate manner.

We do this by offering a stylistically and culturally diverse curriculum that provides challenging encounters with the multifaceted perspectives inherent in the study of music. The department also provides cultural enrichment for the college community through performances, lectures, and master classes. In all of our endeavors, we seek to instill passion for music, music making, and its reception.

Most of our course offerings and all of our ensembles are open to majors and non-majors alike.

Our classes cover a wide span of musical interests including world music, film music, American musical theatre, traditional music of the southern Appalachians, music of Latin America, opera, conducting, digital composition, and more.

Many of our music majors find it easy to double major in another academic area, due to the flexibility and ability to individually tailor the music major to one’s interests. Scholarship opportunities are also available and are not dependent on a major in music.

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Music Events

Music presents more than 50 events annually in support of the academic curriculum and arts culture on campus. Performances include those by world-renowned artists as part of the Concert Series as well as faculty-led student ensembles.

Performance Calendar

Davidson College Jazz Ensemble in Concert

The Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned "big band" of approximately 18 musicians. The group rehearses and performs throughout the year.

DCSO in Concert

A community favorite, the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra performs to sold-out crowds during the annual Holiday Gala.

Student Using Electronic Music Equipment

The curriculum provides challenging encounters with the multifaceted perspectives inherent in the study of music.