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Music Program News

Centre students polish singing skills at regional competitionSharing their voices with the region, Centre College students recently participated in this year’s National Association of Teachers of Singing...
Centre’s music program to offer concerts from April 25 to May 8Eight concerts in 14 days! That’s what the Centre College music program offers to the community from April 25 to...
Centre choir takes first CentreTerm trip to Baltic StatesJohann Van Niekerk, assistant professor of music and director of choirs, led a group of 28 Centre College students to...

Centre College offers an extraordinary wealth of opportunities for students who wish to pursue their love of music in college.

Centre’s music faculty are unbelievably passionate and dedicated to developing your potential as a musician and student of music. All are fabulous and inspiring musicians, and often develop life-long friendships with their students.

Whether you want to play in a first-rate college orchestra or sing in a choir, perform in an opera or musical, play in our famous Kentucky music ensemble, learn about traditional music from exotic cultures, work with some of the amazing world-class artists who come to the Norton Center for the Arts, or study music from some of our internationally acclaimed faculty, Centre’s music program is brimming with possibilities.

Special Scholarships for Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Scholarship (drama and/or music) program recognizes talented musicians, actors, and theater technicians. Applicants compete for Performing Arts Scholarships, valued up to $5,000 per year and awarded by the drama and music programs. Students should have experience in and a commitment to further personal development in the musical or dramatic arts. Majoring in drama or music is not required. Details about the scholarship can be found on the Special Scholarships web page.

Our students are a diverse bunch of extremely talented young men and women. Some are classically trained instrumentalists and vocalists, others are composers who enjoy writing popular music, music for their own instrument, or for an ensemble. Some are blues pianists, some specialize in digital music technology, while others play traditional banjo music or specialize in Baroque vocal music. Our majors pursue graduate work in performance, musicology, composition, music education, and music therapy. Many of our students are double majors or students who simply can’t stop making music while they major in another field. They bring their love of music to their careers as doctors, educators, researchers, and lawyers.
The Music Program at Centre College seeks to provide a meaningful experience with music of high quality for every student at the College. We are committed to:
• Enabling students to listen perceptively and communicate clearly about music.
• Developing each student’s understanding of the interrelationship of the history, theory, and practice of music.
• Increasing and broadening student appreciation of a variety of musical styles.
• Enabling students to become more accomplished, creative, and expressive musicians through participation in applied study and performance organizations.
• Preparing students with professional aspirations in music for employment and graduate studies in the discipline.


Read about the MUSIC program:

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MUSIC handbook:

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Your Major Took You Where?

A Sampling of Recent Centre Graduates



Kentucky Center for the Arts Boston University (M.A., musicology)
TKO Artist Management Cleveland Marshall School of Law (J.D., law)
Savannah VOICE Festival University of Kentucky (M.A., music therapy)
Louisville Orchestra Ohio University (M.M., trumpet performance)
All Saint’s Episcopal Church Atlanta Colorado State University (M.M., voice performance)
Prague Summer Nights: Young Artist Music Festival University of Texas (M.A., Middle Eastern & global policy studies)
The VOICExperience Foundation Florida State University (M.M., voice performance)