Department of Music

Notable Alumni

Rollins College is home to many famous musicians, including everyone's favorite neighbor, Fred McFeely Rogers '51.  

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Fred Rogers '51 and John Reardon '52 appearing together on the hit PBS children's series - Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.  

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Majoring in music at Rollins College can, and has led to a myriad of career opportunities. While many of our students, upon graduation, attend prominent graduate programs, others pursue a career in education, while yet others embark on musical pursuits such as publishing, arranging, and performing.

In addition to receiving a comprehensive musical education, our students also receive a first-rate liberal arts education. This powerful combination allows our students to also pursue non-musical career options as well. The Department of Music has many alumna who are in business and who are practicing lawyers and physicians. Such success stories speak to the unlimited potential a liberal arts education grants.

Fred McFeely Rogers '51

 Fred Rogers '51

Fred McFeely Rogers majored in music composition and graduated with distinction from Rollins in 1951. He met his wife, fellow music student Sara Joanne Byrd ’50, at Rollins as well. He was active at the College, serving on the chapel staff and as a member of the Community Service Club, the Student Music Guild, the French Club, the Welcoming Committee, the After Chapel Club, and the Alpha Phi Lambda fraternity. He also sang in the chapel and Bach choirs. After graduating, Rogers visited Rollins frequently throughout his life and spent winter vacations in Winter Park. In 1996 the McFeely-Rogers Foundation established a scholarship at Rollins for aspiring musicians.

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