About the Music Major

Our music majors attend live concerts and recitals on a regular basis to support the arts and learn repertoire and performance techniques. Carroll regularly hosts guest performances and masterclasses by outstanding performers and groups through the Dorothy Goff Frisch concert series and the Phyllis Stringham organ recital series and resident professional ensembles including the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra, the Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra and Jazz Express. You’ll have the opportunity to hear, meet and learn from living masters of music.

As a freshman at Carroll, you won’t have to audition. We accept all students as provisional music majors for their first year of study. At the end of the first year, music majors audition for the faculty to attain full music major status. At the end of the sophomore year, the music faculty meet with each student to discuss career goals and progress. Some degree programs require a junior and/or senior solo recital. We also offer one or more departmental recitals each semester, featuring performances by current students from all levels. Other public performances include recitals for non-majors and chamber music recitals.

Our program can even accommodate students in high credit majors such as nursing and student athletes, who might sometimes have conflicts with rehearsals.