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Minor in Music
Oglethorpe's music program is designed to help all our students – music minors and elective-takers alike – add valuable musical instruction to their greater pursuit of the liberal arts. Our goal: to help students develop an appreciation of music and ongoing musical practice that will fill their lives with beauty and joy. You'll receive personal attention from our distinguished faculty and can take advantage of private lessons in voice, piano, strings, brass and woodwinds (for just $35) from some of the finest professional musicians in Atlanta!
As a music student at Oglethorpe, you'll…
- Better understand how music is structurally composed
- Hone your skills in analyzing a piece of music for performance
- Gain a deeper appreciation for music in its historical and cultural context
- Become a more accomplished musician
Some people, to borrow from the university’s motto, use music to make a life; some use it to make a living; some use it to make a difference. However you choose to pursue your talents, your musical training at Oglethorpe will be an enriching experience that ensures a more rewarding musical life in the years to come.
Oglethorpe offers merit-based scholarships to all majors. These scholarships range from $500 to $1,500 a year, and are available for both instrumentalists and vocalists. At Oglethorpe, your musical talents can be recognized with financial support while you pursue a major in chemistry, business or any other discipline. You won't find that at many other universities..
As a global city, Atlanta is home to a musical scene that's especially dynamic, eclectic, and diverse (earning Atlanta its honorary title as hip hop's "third coast.") Where else can you find world-class opera and symphony, classic country and retro rockabilly, homegrown indie breakout bands, and some of the biggest names in rap and hip hop? Atlanta is also home to several legendary producers who've worked with the brightest stars in the business. If an internship in music is what you're after, Atlanta has great opportunity.
- Unique to Oglethorpe, all students regardless of major can join one of Oglethorpe's audition-only musical troupes. This is difficult at most schools for non-music majors. The University Singers, led by Dr. W. Irwin Ray, explores the best of choral literature and performs several concerts a year. The University Singers are also eligible to audition for the highly selective University Chorale. Try out for the Oglethorpe University Concert Winds, led by Mr. Paul Scanling; the Wind Ensemble performs at beloved Oglethorpe events like the Boar's Head Holiday Festival and Oglethorpe Day. Or, if you have what it takes, join the Stormy Petrel Pep Band. The Pep Band rocks the Dorough Field House, bringing a hearty dose of the fighting spirit to their fellow classmates and sports fans!
- Want more performance opportunities? Our faculty can connect you to performance opportunities with groups at Emory, Georgia State and many others.
- Enjoy free concerts right on campus. The university event calendar is rich with musical performances from a cappella to instrumental, from opera to jazz.
Life After Oglethorpe
Music can be a full- or part-time vocation or a fulfilling lifelong hobby. Here are a few ways you can make your musical training pay off:
- Offer instruction and tutoring in piano, voice, guitar, brass, or woodwinds. Find work as a studio musician, or perform for hire at special events. You may choose to continue your music education beyond Oglethorpe to become a music teacher or direct a community orchestra.
- Many of our students have found successful careers in church music leadership, serving as church music ministers.
- Combine the music minor with a major in business or communications and pursue a career on the business side of music-making and production; choose a major in theatre for more opportunities in education or community programming (or maybe even Broadway!); consider a major in English or writing if you're interested in becoming a songwriter.
- Follow in the footsteps of Oglethorpe music alumni like John Burke '11, whose three solo albums of original piano compositions have been released to international praise; his second album was nominated by SoloPiano.com for Album of the Year. Or Felicia Stevenson '10, who studied business administration while pursuing her music talents; she's now an up-and-coming star (stage name "Diosa") who’s shared the stage with artists like Lil' Wayne and is currently working full-time to produce her own album.
View Courses and Degree Requirements in the University Bulletin