Ensembles, private instruction and international tours await.
Our Department of Music was founded more than 150 years ago, making music an integral part of the culture and traditions at Jewell, such as our choir's second-place finish in The American Prize in Choral Performance and the release of their second CD, to our opera workshops, holiday concerts, collaborations with the Department of Theatre and our new drumline. In 2018, our performance ensembles have toured Chicago, England, Scotland, Oklahoma and many local and regional venues.
Our Music Programs
Private instruction, performance labs, ensembles, studio recitals and research add depth to classroom instruction for music majors and minors. Non-music majors also may take applied lessons and participate in Jewell’s highly acclaimed vocal, instrumental and choral ensembles. At Jewell, you may choose a B.A. in Music, a B.S. in Music (with an emphasis in composition, theory, instrumental performance, keyboard performance or vocal performance) or a B.S. in Music Education for grades K-12.
As professional composers, conductors, performers and educators, our music faculty will help you:
- Perform to a high standard on at least one instrument or voice.
- Demonstrate an understanding of common practice and post tonal theory.
- Speak with conviction about the development of music in the western tradition.
- Use with some fluency at least one music related computer application.
- Have an understanding of the business of music.
- Confidently undertake research, making use of available resources (library, online, databases, etc.).
Through the internationally acclaimed Harriman-Jewell Series, you can get free tickets to see the world’s greatest artists in concert. Each year the Department of Music and the Harriman-Jewell series team up to bring some of this outstanding talent to campus to give free master classes. You can perform for and interact with leading performers from around the world and receive direct feedback and instruction. Recently we have hostesd sopranos Joyce DiDonato and Danielle de Niese, violinists Robert McDuffie and Jeremy Denk, violinist, vocalists The King's Singers, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe. This season the line-up of artists is equally great – you can find full information on the Harriman-Jewell Series web site.
Scholarships and Auditions
If you wish to major in music, you must audition for admission to the department. This can be done at the same time as an award audition. Non-majors also may audition for a music award. Awards are competitive and are distributed based on talent, as both a reflection of your achievement before coming to Jewell and also as an investment in your potential achievement. All awards require some participation in the department, usually in the form of applied lessons for at least four semesters and membership in one or more ensembles. Students may audition on instrument(s), voice, piano or a combination. For more information, contact Anne Aunspaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Music Award Application process begins with your application to William Jewell College. To start your Jewell application: www.jewell.edu/apply and complete the Talent Scholarship Application.
You should plan to bring two contrasting pieces with you to your audition. We recommend that the standard of the repertoire you perform be at the level of material you would take to District or State music festivals.
You can expect to be asked to do some sight-reading and may be asked to perform scales and/or arpeggios as appropriate.
- Vocalists: If possible, one should be in a foreign language.
- Instrumentalists: Your second piece may be a technical study. Piano accompaniment is recommended but not required.
- Pianists: Your second piece may be a technical study.
NOTE: A Jewell accompanist is available provided we have sufficient prior communication of your audition repertoire. Taped accompaniment is not permitted.