Welcome to the Department of Music at Pomona College. We offer a broadly designed curriculum for students who choose to major or minor in music, students who wish to explore music one course at a time, and students who desire an ongoing involvement in music at Pomona. These courses range from the History of Jazz to A Survey of Western Music, and from Beethoven to Electronic Music Studio. In addition to a broad range of ensembles the Department offers private instrumental and vocal lessons for beginning to advanced level students. They are taught by some of the full-time faculty and by adjunct faculty of nearly 30.
A rigorous music major combining Western and non-Western music is designed to prepare students for further study in fields of music including performance, history, theory, composition and ethnomusicology. The program includes courses designed to meet students’ needs, and also offer opportunities for close collaboration in performance and research projects.
In addition to offering a full roster of performing opportunities, the department regularly invites guest artists from around the globe to present free performances, lecture/demonstrations and other presentations. These events, typically free, are offered throughout the academic year and are open to the public, as are our student ensembles' performances. See the concert calendar. [pdf]
Many of our alumni pursued graduate studies in music and related fields, and now enjoy successful careers as performers, professors, arts managers, critics, and more; others have gone on in professional fields including medicine, law, and finance. If you are interested in learning more about music and success, you might be interested in reading this year's article from The New York Times, "Is Music the Key to Success?"
If you plan to participate in the Music Department’s curricular offerings in performance and composition, we strongly urge you to submit a Music Supplement along with your application to the College. Please read our Prospective Students page.
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|Alfred W. Cramer||Chair||(909) 607-2455||Thatcher 105|
|Elizabeth D. Champion||Concert Production Manager||(909) 607-2671||Thatcher 107|
|Cathy Endress||Academic Department Coordinator||(909) 621-8155||Thatcher 104|
|David Vanderlip||Piano Technician||(909) 607-4285||Thatcher 200B|
|Barry Werger||Music Technologist||(909) 607-3958||Thatcher 202|
Mailing AddressPomona College, Music, 340 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
Campus LocationThatcher Music Building 104