Choir performing in Johnson Chapel

Congratulations as you approach the finish of your high school career and begin the transition to college. In order to help you determine if Amherst is the right match for you, take some time to browse this site and consider what role you would like music to play in your undergraduate experience.

The benefits of the small-college liberal arts education can be seen in the music department classroom and on the stage. The faculty are dedicated to teaching and coaching rather than research, and the performance ensembles are of incredible quality while remaining a friendly and relaxed environment for the students involved. Course offerings in the department are not limited to music majors, and include theory, history, composition, performance, and anthropology of music study. The college also offers private instruction, and in some cases these lessons are free of charge. If you are planning a visit, check the events calendar to see if your visit coincides with any performances in the department, or with a Music at Amherst Series performance, to which students can receive free tickets.

As you continue to search for the right college and begin to apply, please visit this site again. Faculty bios are now available to view, and you can listen to streaming audio selections of the various performance groups on the ensemble directors' pages. 

If you have any questions about specific ensembles, please contact their directors. Any other questions about the music department or the Amherst College experience in general can be directed to the Music Department Coordinator Suzette Farnham at 413-542-2364 or e-mail

Good luck with your search and the application process!