Bachelor with a Major in Music

General

Program Description

Music

Nothing touches the soul quite like music! Whether you want to conduct, perform, or simply enjoy making music by participating in ensembles throughout your time at Erskine, the Music Department offers the tools and expertise to achieve that goal.

Combined with a strong liberal arts curriculum, the Department of Music offers applied to study in piano, organ, and voice, as well as in the wind, string, and percussion instruments. Erskine’s undergraduate music program prepares students to enter the professional study in Performance, Church Music, or Music Education.

Many Erskine students studying in other fields enjoy the music minor, which offers either a concentration in a particular performance skill or a general music track

All students, whether they are music majors, minors, or non-majors, are invited to take applied music or audition for ensembles. The music faculty at Erskine College is committed to equipping students with musical skills to be used for a career or a lifetime of enjoyment.

Ensembles

Sinfonia

Erskine’s chamber orchestra of string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players, conducted by Dr. Deborah Caldwell.

Jazz Band

Conducted by Dr. Deborah Caldwell, the Jazz Band consists of brass and woodwind players as well as a rhythm section.

Choraleers

Auditioned mixed choir of 40 voices, conducted by Dr. Keith Timms. The Choraleers tour annually either in the US or abroad. The Choraleers sing challenging sacred and secular literature from the past five centuries. More information on our Choraleers

Chamber Singers

Auditioned mixed ensemble of 12-20 voices, conducted by Dr. Keith Timms, open to members of the Choraleers. Sacred and popular repertoire.

Bella Voce

A non-auditioned women’s chorus, conducted by Dr. Keith Timms. The Women’s Chorale performs sacred and secular repertoire on-and-off campus.

Opera Workshop

Production from the operatic and musical theatre repertoire.

Music Scholarship Auditions

Stay involved with music during your college career, and get scholarship funding at the same time. At Erskine, you don’t have to be a music major or minor to receive a music scholarship. Scholarship recipients continue taking private lessons and participate in faculty-led ensembles but are free to pursue whatever major(s) they like.

Students who have earned places in the top All-State ensembles are eligible for a $2500 annual music scholarship. That amount may be increased with an on-campus audition. All other students interested in a scholarship should schedule an audition with music faculty.

The Music Scholarship Application form can be downloaded as a PDF.

Audition Requirements

Singers

Prepare two contrasting pieces; one must be in a language other than English. An accompanist can be provided, or you may bring your own (no pre-recorded accompaniments). Memorized literature is preferred.

Pianists

Prepare two contrasting selections or single movements of larger works. Memorized literature is preferred.

Organists

Prepare two contrasting pieces (memorization is optional)

All other instrumentalists

Prepare two contrasting pieces (memorization is optional). An accompanist can be provided, or you may bring your own (no pre-recorded accompaniments).

Accompanists

If you require Erskine to provide an accompanist for your audition, you must send a copy of your music at least 2 weeks beforehand.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about literature selection for the audition.

Last updated November 2019

About the School

As one of the oldest and most prestigious church-related liberal arts college in the South, Erskine prizes academic rigor and Christian authenticity. Our graduates lead companies, influence profession ... Read More

As one of the oldest and most prestigious church-related liberal arts college in the South, Erskine prizes academic rigor and Christian authenticity. Our graduates lead companies, influence professional fields, and make their mark on our culture in many other ways. Read less