Music Major

Sample Courses

  • Elements and Musicianship
  • Music Analysis
  • Music in Western Civilization
  • Twentieth-Century Music
  • Ensemble participation
  • Performance lessons

Popular Electives

  • Conducting I & II
  • Folk Music in New York State
  • Introduction to Ethnomusicology
  • Music and Film
  • Music, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Musical Theatre Dance
  • Musical Theatre Production

Recent Internships / Field Experiences

  • Audition opportunities for the summertime professional company Finger Lakes Opera (performance and behind the scenes)
  • Travel abroad triennially on Geneseo Chamber Singers concert tours supported by generous scholarships for every member
  • Senior and junior recitals as part of the performance major
  • Participation in over 70 concerts and recitals annually for nearly 10,000 people as part of departmental programming

Alumni Spotlight

Louis Lohraseb '14

Major: Music

Minor: French, Edgar Fellows Honors

Career: Lohraseb is the assistant conductor
of the Los Angeles Opera in Los Angeles, CA.

Music Major

Why study music at Geneseo?

The music program at Geneseo offers personal growth and artistic achievement in a rich liberal arts setting. Music majors can choose from four different specialized tracks, as well as explore additional areas of pre-professional study. Performance majors are offered in all instruments of the orchestra, along with classical guitar, classical voice, and musical theatre.

Students interested in music education can obtain a pre-professional studies minor that prepares them for a master’s with professional certification at the Eastman School of Music, or for any graduate music education institution. 


Program Options

Additional Options

Program Highlights

  • Four possible concentrations: performance; history, theory, ethnomusicology, and composition; jazz and American music studies; music business, production, and recording
  • One-on-one attention from department faculty
  • Free, private studio lessons in instrumental and voice performance
  • Small and large ensemble participation for majors and non-majors
  • Triennial international concert tours by Geneseo Chamber Singers
  • Paid performance and administrative internships for majors with Geva Theatre and Finger Lakes Opera
  • Supportive and positive environment from faculty and staff
  • Instrumental and choral ensembles open to non-music majors
  • Music minors all open to non-music majors

Example Careers

  • Arts Administrator
  • Commercial Music Specialist
  • Conductor
  • Music Director
  • Opera Administrator
  • Opera Singer
  • Public School Music Teacher
  • Recording Engineer
  • Stage Director

Recent Employers

  • Fairport, NY, School District
  • Finger Lakes Opera
  • Geva Theatre
  • Glimmerglass Opera
  • Los Angeles Opera
  • REV Theatre Company
  • West Irondequoit, NY, School District

Recent Grad Schools

  • Columbia University
  • Eastman School of Music
  • Indiana University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • Yale University

Contact Info

Gerard Floriano, Department Chair
Brodie Hall 101A

Music Department

Music Faculty

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