Scholarship Compliance Statement:
As a recipient of a music scholarship award, vocal and instrumental students must participate in a major ensemble each semester.
While all our choral and instrumental ensembles fulfill the general Fine Arts Core Requirement, only "major ensembles" (those who meet more than once per cycle, are touring ensembles and require an audition) (MUSC 231 - Wind Ensemble, MUSC 232 - Chamber Choir, MUSC 233 - Orchestra, MUSC 234 - Men's Chorus, MUSC 235 - Women's Choir and MUSC 238 - Jazz Ensemble) fulfill the scholarship requirement.
Participation in our Opera Productions fulfills the scholarship requirement as well, although we hope that you continue to sing in the ensemble of your choice while participating in the Opera.
Only under special circumstances can your membership in one of the other ensembles fulfill the scholarship requirement. Exemptions have been granted in the past when ensemble rehearsal times conflict with other required classes, (and no alternative classes are available), or if the major ensembles cannot accept or accommodate additional members.
This waiver needs to be cleared through the Music Office and the director(s) of the ensembles and will be noted in your file.
The department considers study abroad opportunities as remaining in compliance.
Loss of scholarship - Non-Compliance - failure to participate in the listed major ensembles or approved alternative or an exemption granted.
Reinstatement of scholarship requires a student to participate in an ensemble without award for one semester and half of the scholarship will be applied to the student's financial aid package for the following semester.
Piano/organ students must help with accompanying vocal and instrumental students. The piano/organ faculty will determine the level and amount of accompanying appropriate for each scholarship winner. Please consult with a piano/organ faculty member to determine this.
There will be an annual review of each student by music faculty, which may include quality of performance at the student's applied jury exam.
Juries: All students taking applied lessons are required to perform a jury at the end of each semester of study. The purpose of the jury is to demonstrate what has been learned during that semester. Music majors are required to complete full-faculty jury exams upon completion of 112 and 211. Music minors are required to complete a full-faculty jury exam upon completion of 112.
Admission to Upper Division: An official application to apply for a major is provided by the Registrar's Office to each sophomore at the beginning of spring semester. All students must fill out the application completely and submit it to the department chair. A department interview (consisting of concentration declaration, career path questions, and faculty concerns of student progress) will be held during the spring semester after the application is completed.
Acceptance to the major is based on the following:
XXX Music Major Field Test. (0)
Required for graduation with a music major. Spring.
Ensemble Policy: All undergraduate music students must register for and achieve a passing grade in a major ensemble as follows: (1) music composition, music studies, choral education, instrumental education and liturgical music: seven semesters; (2) performance: eight semesters.
A variety of ensembles, both instrumental and vocal are offered at St. John's and St. Ben's. The instrumental ensembles available include:
The vocal ensembles available include:
Thursday Student Recitals: Thursday Student Recitals are held weekly. All music majors are required to attend. Attendance is taken. Anyone wishing to perform can fill out the form by clicking here. By clicking 'submit' at the end of the form, it will be emailed to the recital coordinator. Individuals need to submit their form by noon on Monday of the week they wish to perform. Early submission of forms for later dates is recommended since recitals often fill up. Performers are accepted on a first come, first served basis.
The Thursday Recital Dates for the 2015-2016 academic year can be found here.