• Music at Hamline

    Music is everywhere at Hamline. Students walking around campus will find concerts in Sundin Music Hall, musicals in Anne Simley Theatre, impromptu jam sessions, open mics, perhaps even the sounds of the Indonesian Gamelan floating over the air. Music is an essential part of the liberal arts experience and is fostered by Hamline's music faculty, all of whom use their experiences as professional musicians to mentor their students.

    “So long as the human spirit thrives, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.”
    - Aaron Copland

    Students are encouraged to participate in ensembles, shows, and small groups such as jazz combos or chamber music ensembles. Music activities, ensembles, lessons, and courses are open to all students, regardless of their major. The Music Major provides students with a choice of concentration in Performance or Musical Arts.

    Some of our majors continue their music studies in graduate work in highly ranked programs, for example, at the University of Southern California, Berklee College of Music, and Tufts University. Music Department alumni pursue careers as performers, teachers, composers, arts administrators, audio engineers and church musicians.

    Find Your Stage

    Sundin Music Hall is home base for Hamline musicians. Student performers benefit from the hall's beautiful acoustics, the use of Steinway and Yamaha grand pianos, web-streaming  and full recording capability. The Sundin calendar provides rich listening opportunities through its diverse concert schedule of visiting artists and ensembles.

    Due to Hamline's central location in the Twin Cities, students have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of musical communities and opportunities. The Music Department's commitment to historical, theoretical, and cultural studies is coupled with learning opportunities beyond the classroom including study abroad, internships, and individual research.



    Prospective students who wish to apply for music scholarships will first need to apply online. A select group of applicants will be chosen to audition with the Music Scholarship Selection Committee in Sundin Music Hall.

    Fall Auditions

    In order to be placed in the ensemble, piano studio, or voice studio that best fits each musician, new students are invited to sign up for auditions at the beginning of the semester.

    Concert Season

    Visit our Concert Season page to learn about our upcoming performances.

    All performances at Hamline are free and open to the public.

  • Video Spotlight

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    The Hamline Orchestra

    Dr. Yali You discusses what makes the Hamline Orchestra so special.

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    Musical and Opera Course

    Take a look at the Musical and Opera class offered in January.

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  • Music Dept News

    Hamline's A Cappella Choir, conducted by Professor George Chu, will perform at the world's second oldest university, Oxford (founded 1096) in January as part of their concert tour of Great Britain. They will visit historic and cultural sites in addition to six performances in England and Wales.

    On Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Sundin Hall, the Music Department will host world-renowned voice teacher David Jones for a master class.

    As an international business and music major, Alia Abboud ’15 always knew she wanted to study abroad in France. After experiencing the business and culture there, Abboud is returning to the country to teach English.

  • Upcoming Hamline Events