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Department of Music

Your Rollins Music Experience

Students enjoy a breathe of experiences in the Rollins Department of Music through established student organizations, ensembles, and music internships.

The Virginia S and W W Nelson Department of Music is housed within Keene Hall. 

First-Class Facilities

The Virginia S and W W Nelson Department of Music is housed within Keene Hall. 

First-Class Facilities

The Department of Music is housed in Keene Hall which showcases 27,000 square feet of space dedicated to instruction and performance. The 400-seat John M. Tiedtke Concert Hall is our flagship venue and features two Steinway D Concert grand pianos.

It serves as the main performance hall for all departmental concerts and also hosts visiting artists sponsored by the Winter Park Institute, Thomas P. Johnson Visiting Scholars & Artists Fund as well as the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.

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.  

Tiedtke Hall Lobby
John M. Tiedtke Concert Hall
Knowles Memorial Chapel
Knowles Memorial Chapel

Keyboard Lab 
Rehearsal Room
Creative Learning Space


Ensembles form the core of the students’ instrumental and vocal experiences. The Department recognizes the value of ensemble participation for students to develop and coordinate their individual skills with others in a chamber setting. Ensembles also provide laboratory experience for conducting students to sharpen their abilities. All ensembles present concerts throughout the semester and also perform for many College functions such as convocation, alumni weekend, graduation, Founders’ Day and numerous other community events, representing not just the Music Department but also the College.

Music students are required to complete 4 ensemble credits to meet the core requirements of the Music major or minor. Typically, music students register for one or more ensembles per semester while students receiving music scholarships are required to register for two ensembles each semester.


Rollins College Choir: Emphasizes performance of high-quality literature in a large choral ensemble setting.

Rollins Singers: Concentrates on contemporary, popular, and musical theater pieces for several small music ensembles.

Women's Ensemble: Spans wide variety of styles, especially composers who specialize in music in this voicing.

Rollins Jazz Ensemble: Performs jazz from all periods.

Rollins Brass Ensemble: Joins students and community members in performing brass music from Renaissance through 20th century.

Orchestra: Performs orchestral literature including concertos and symphonies.

Wind Ensemble: Performs wind ensemble and light classical literature.

Instrumental Chamber Ensemble: Includes small vocal and instrumental ensembles and varies each term.

String Ensemble: Tailors orchestral literature from all periods to ensemble's instrumentation.

Acoustic Ensemble: Traditional performs traditional Folk, Bluegrass, and World Music with an instrumental core and Original focuses on original compositions from ensemble members spanning various genres.

Percussion Ensemble: Emphasizes music for percussion instruments.

Horn Ensemble: Teams students with community members in performing horn music from Renaissance through 20th century. Prerequisite: audition.

Opera Workshop: Delves into study and performance of opera roles and scenes. Corequisite: choral ensemble.

Flute Choir: Combines students and community members in performing flute ensemble music. 

Mallet Ensemble: Performs music for marimba, glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, and chimes.

Pep Band: A mixture of wind, brass, and percussion instruments perform at college athletic events

Sightsinging: Additional training for the musical ear. Involves elements of association, habit, memory, theoretical understanding and imagery.

Men's Chorus: Spans wide variety of styles, especially composers who specialize in this voicing.



Student Organizations

Phi Mu Alpha

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is the world’s oldest and largest secret national fraternal society in music. Sinfonia was born on October 6, 1898, at the New England Conservatory in Boston, “to consider the social life of the young men students of that institution [and] to devise ways and means by which it might be improved.” Sinfonia became a national fraternity on October 6, 1900, with the admission of a group of men at the Broad Street Conservatory in Philadelphia. For over a century, Sinfonians in nearly every field of study and professional endeavor have transformed music in America. The opportunity of becoming a Sinfonian is offered to as many men as possible who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of the Fraternity’s Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America.

Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity

Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is an organization which promotes interaction among women who share a commitment to music. Members of SAI are active in all areas of campus music and campus life, working closely with faculty, administration, campus and community groups, music professionals and patrons. In addition to personal encouragement and support, members may receive scholarships, loans and awards in many areas and at all levels of music-related study. Sigma Alpha Iota has long been recognized as a leader in the field of music and provides a lifetime of fraternity contact, and accepts with pride the responsibilities and privileges of being a leader in the pursuit of music creation, performance, and scholarship.

Pi Kappa Lambda

Pi Kappa Lambda is the honorary music society. Both men and women are admitted to membership. It elects from the top 20% of the graduating class, or from faculty members or former students of high scholastic standing.

Music Advisory Council

The Music Advisory Council (MAC) is a group of students who meet independently with the student body as well as with the Department Chair to advise the faculty on issues that arise from time to time regarding curriculum or departmental life. The members of MAC are vetted by their peers and represent a cross-section of the music major student population.