Ron Jarret, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Associate Dean, and Department Administrator
The Department of Music offers all Holy Cross students the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of music through a wide range of courses in the history and theory of music, both on an introductory and an advanced level. It also provides an opportunity for further study to those who, by virtue of previous training and continuing serious interest, wish to focus on music.
Majors in music must take a minimum of 10 music courses (the maximum is 14). Required courses are music 201, 202, 211, 212, 301, 302, and 400. Electives can include courses in History, Theory, Composition, Ethnomusicology, and Performance in addition to those required. Music 101 and Music 103 do not count toward the major. Music majors are strongly urged to participate in one or more of the performing organizations of the College.
All music courses are open to majors and non-majors. Students without prior experience should choose from courses 100-199; students with prior musical experience should choose from courses numbered 200 and above. Students with AP credit in music will not be awarded placement in the music curriculum and will not receive credit toward the minimum number of courses required for the major.
Facilities in the Department of Music include the Fenwick Music Library, which houses a sizeable collection of scores, books, sound recordings, and DVDs, as well as computers and state-of-the-art audio/visual stations; the newly renovated Brooks Concert Hall; classrooms; practice rooms with pianos, and a rich variety of technology resources. These include the Brooks Recording Studio, equipped with professional software and hardware complemented by a wide selection of microphones, digital and analog mixers, and studio monitors; the Brooks Media Studio, containing 12 dedicated student workstations furnished with industry standard software and hardware used for computer music coding and hacking, audio recording and mastering, composing for film and video, and the creation of electronic, electroacoustic, and new media projects; and several music-notation and ear-training workstations housed in the Fenwick Music Library.
The department offers two merit-based scholarships. The Brooks Music Scholarship is offered to an incoming student with a distinguished academic and performance or composition record who plans to major in Music at Holy Cross. The recipient of this scholarship is granted full tuition, independent of need. The scholarship is renewable annually, provided that the student maintains a strong academic record in the College as well as in the music department. Candidates should address inquiries to Chair, Department of Music, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610. The application deadline is January 15. The Organ Scholarship is offered on a periodic basis and is renewable on a yearly basis. The recipient of this scholarship will have available the 1985 four manual, fifty-stop mechanical action organ located in the beautiful St. Joseph Memorial Chapel. As the Holy Cross Organ Scholar, it is expected that the awardee will assist the College Organist in all aspects of the chapel music program. The Organ Scholar will also be expected to major in music, take voice lessons, study organ privately for four years, and have a career goal in church music and/or organ. Applicants for the scholarship should have experience in church music and a strong background in keyboard studies and sight-reading. Candidates should address inquiries to Prof. James David Christie, Department of Music, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610. Deadline for submission of scholarship applications is January 15 in the year when the scholarship is being offered.
The Performance Program consists of a series of courses offered by the music department in instrumental and vocal instruction at the intermediate and advanced levels. Instruction is provided by professional musicians selected by the music department. Eleven lessons are offered per semester. Admission to a course in Performance is gained by a successful audition with members of the department following at least one semester of prior study with a Holy Cross faculty member. No student may enroll in more than one Performance course each semester. Students must register for the course as a fifth course in the first semester in which they participate in the program. At the end of the first semester of registration in Performance, they will be assigned an IP (In Progress). During the second semester they may register for Performance as a fourth or fifth course with a letter grade. Students may only claim a maximum of two units of Performance with letter grade toward graduation. Students enrolled in the program for credit must:
• present a letter of evaluation from their teacher at the end of the semester;
• take a final jury examination given by members of the music department, at which time they will perform at least two pieces studied during the semester;
• take a semester of theory or history (excluding Music 101 and Music 103) prior to or concurrently with Performance;
• perform at least once each semester on recitals sponsored by the department.
The department sponsors student recitals and also encourages participation in the following performing organizations: Holy Cross Chamber Orchestra, Holy Cross Jazz Ensemble, Holy Cross Choir, Holy Cross Chamber Singers, Holy Cross Chamber Music Ensembles, H-CLEf (Holy Cross Laptop Ensemble), Chapel Choir, Crusader Marching and Pep Band, Gamelan, and the Schola Cantorum.