As a music major at Rollins, you’ll master your instrument through real-world experience at our on-campus performance venues as well as out in the community. Under the guidance of professors whose No. 1 goal is your development as a musician, you’ll benefit from small class sizes and individual relationships with faculty.
At the same time you’re honing your craft, you’ll study the creative underpinnings of global society from pre-history through today’s ever-changing music industry. Our program can lead to a future in education, entertainment, management, law, composition, business, journalism, or emerging technologies.
Rollins prepares musicians like you for fulfilling careers that require discipline, teamwork, and a deep understanding of human culture.
Why Study Music at Rollins
Flexible Course of Study
Rollins will challenge you to grow as a musician, offer you frequent performance opportunities, and create a program tailored to your career goals.
Individual Attention from Professors
Our music professors are teachers first. They provide one-on-one instruction and mentorship as you forge your own unique path.
Our program is active in the larger music world and offers you access to some of the world’s finest performers, educators, and industry professionals.
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“My job at Epcot always felt like an impossible dream to me. I started auditioning for it my junior year—with much hesitation because I didn't want it to get in the way of graduating. With the help and encouragement of Professor Jamey Ray and the whole music department, I was able to start this job seasonally during Christmas of my senior year, and upon graduation began performing five days a week.”
Rollins Music Careers
Rollins music grads attend prestigious graduate programs, pursue careers in education, and embark on musical pursuits such as publishing, arranging, conducting, and performing.
Catherine Psarakis ’16
Musician and Researcher, New England Conservatory of Music
Jamey Ray ’06
Rollins Music Faculty; Arranger and Singer, Voctave
Jami-Leigh Bartschi ’07 ’12MLS
Director of Choirs, Wekiva High School, Orange County Public Schools
Mike Roylance ’98
Principal Tuba, Boston Symphony
Fred Green ’11
Assistant Professor of Music, Missouri Southern State University
Megan Mascarenhas ’14 MM
Adjunct Professor of Music Theory, Rollins College
Real World Experience
From community engagement courses to internships and research, music students hone their skills in the real world.
Music courses are experiential in nature and cover everything from sound recording and basic conducting to pedagogy and the history of jazz. Courses are designed with your individual learning style in mind, with outcome assessments helping you set and achieve appropriate and challenging goals.
MUS 292 Introduction to Music Business
Explore the fundamentals of the music business, including the interaction of corporations, creativity, copyright, compensation, and cyber law.
MUS 455 Paris, Moscow, Vienna 1890-1915
Delve into the lives and works of 20th-century master composers who worked in these important artistic centers.
MUS 355 Composition Practicum
Develop your compositional craft through writing projects for a variety of media, with discussion of recent musical trends and literature. Each semester culminates in a recital of student works.
MUS 391 Conducting Practicum
Focus on developing your knowledge of repertoire, performance practices, aural discrimination, and conducting technique.
MUS 301 Recording Practicum: Experience for the Working Musician
Because a versatile singer is a working singer, you’ll get real-life studio recording experience developing your versatility and musicianship.
MUS 360 Music in the Global Environment
Explore the variety of native music and instruments across the globe as well as the effect of globalization on native cultures.
A Day in the Life of a Rollins Music Major
“Experiencing real-life scenarios and opportunities within my music major has been a fundamental part of my development and learning experience.”
Virtual Tour: Keane Hall
Find out what it’s like to be a music major at Rollins by dropping into a class at Keane Hall, home to the Department of Music.
Beyond the Classroom
Independent Study A faculty member and a student take an entire semester to investigate an area of the music industry that is of interest to the student. The insight and contacts gathered by this program provide a head-start on entering the workforce.
Productive Partnerships From orchestral and choral concerts with the Bach Festival to a partnership with neighboring Full Sail University—a leader in entertainment, media, arts, and technology—the Rollins Department of Music serves as a cultural center for the Central Florida community.
Study Abroad Many students study music in a cultural hub such as London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, or Rome, and take advantage of summer institutes and performing opportunities nationally and internationally.
June 29, 2022
Motorcycle racer turned conductor Ryo Hasegawa ’19 revels in the ability of music to build community.
December 18, 2019
At Rollins, music majors like Chadonné Whiskey ’20 enjoy unparalleled opportunities to hone their craft, connect with audiences, and learn from masters in music
May 28, 2018
A budding partnership between the Rollins music department and Full Sail is paying dividends for students from the neighboring institutions.
The music faculty is made up of scholars and performers who work at the national and international levels of their disciplines. The faculty mentors and guides each student to their individual goals and careers.
Department of Music
Charles Archard, MM
Artist-in-Residence, Contemporary/Jazz Studies
Special interests: An accomplished bassist, composer, and educator with original works featured on TV and movie scores
Gloria Cook, DMA
Professor of Music, Piano
Special interests: Instruction and performance on piano and duo piano, with extensive touring when not teaching, as well as research into the piano works of Edvard Grieg
Daniel Crozier Jr., DMA
Professor of Music, Theory, and Composition
Special interests: Theory and composition, particularly of operatic, orchestral, and chamber music
Daniel Flick, MM
Artist-in-Residence, Creative Collaborations
Special interests: Stringed instrument performance from solo to symphony and composition for theater and film
John Grau, DMA
Associate Professor of Music, Voice
Special interests: Solo tenor performance of oratorio and opera from Renaissance to 20th-century music
Caitlin Mohr, DMA
Assistant Professor of Music, Voice
Special interests: Soprano performance, with expertise in vocal pedagogy and vocal technique
Jamey Ray, MM
Associate Professor of Music, Theory, and Technology
Special interests: Music technology, recording production, and widely performed choral compositions that range from classic arrangements to contemporary music
Joni Roos, BA
Special interests: Instruction of applied violin and viola, string methods, and orchestral literature
John V. Sinclair, DMA
John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music
Special interests: Conducting and teaching and their intersection; artistic director and conductor of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park; conductor of the International Moravian Music Festivals, Walt Disney World Candlelight Processional, and others