Department of Music

A member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney educates and entertains the Rollins community during a recent visit.

Itzhak Perlman

Violinist Itzhak Perlman conversing with Music Department faculty members Dr. Susan Lackman and Dr. Dan Crozier.

Leon Fleisher

Pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher conducting the Rollins College orchestra during a master class.

Jessye Norman

Opera singer Jessye Norman connecting with Rollins College music majors.


The Virginia S. and W.W. Nelson Department of Music provides the best possible education in the study of music. All students' educational experience is greatly enhanced through classroom instruction, ensemble participation, and applied study. The Department of Music serves as a cultural center for the Central Florida community by presenting performances, lectures, and master classes by residents and guest artists of outstanding merit. 

The Department of Music offers students an exceptionally wide variety of opportunities to study music both inside and outside the classroom. Explore our degree program and areas of focus. Learn More

Our Mission

The mission of the Rollins Music Department is as follows:
  • to provide majors the best possible education in performance, historical literature, and theory—the background necessary to pursue graduate work or a career in music;
  • to offer the diverse population of students from both Rollins College of Liberal Arts and the Holt School an opportunity to pursue musical training leading to the baccalaureate/bachelor degree respectively;
  • to open the curriculum to the wider campus community by encouraging nonmajors to take courses, including those designed especially for novices;
  • to give all students—majors and nonmajors—performance experience through choral and instrumental ensembles and individual training in applied music;
  • to serve as a cultural center for the Central Florida community by presenting performances and master classes of outstanding merit by resident and guest artists; and
  • to offer residents of the Central Florida community an opportunity to study music avocationally.

First-Class Facilities

The Department of Music is housed in the recently renovated and expanded Keene Hall with 27,000 square feet of space. The 400-seat John M. Tiedtke Concert Hall, where two rebuilt Steinway D Concert grand pianos reside, is our flagship venue. It serves as the main performance hall for all departmental concerts and also hosts visiting artists sponsored by the Winter Park Institute and the Bach Festival Society. Other facilities include a large rehearsal room; a 10-station state-of-the-art keyboard and computer lab; a recording studio; a chamber music rehearsal room; SMART classrooms; faculty studios; and practice rooms.  

Personalized Approach

From the moment you show an interest in our Department of Music, you’ll be treated as an individual. We will take the time to get to know you, your educational/professional goals, and your family. We will answer any questions you may have; encourage you to visit the campus, sit in on our music classes, and have lunch with some of our music majors; and offer a relaxed atmosphere for your audition. You will find your visit to Rollins and our Department of Music to be unique and refreshing—an experience that will stand out among all others.