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Music

Undergraduate
Music Scholarship Application

About the Program

Olivet’s music program offers multiple options for you to attain a fulfilling and rewarding career in music. Our curriculum is developed in conjunction with national standards and will support students who desire to continue their musical training at the graduate level.

Many students choose to combine their music major with various minors or other majors found at The University of Olivet to offer them the chance to pursue exciting and satisfying careers in various fields.

Ensembles

Students are welcome to participate in a variety of music programs on campus, including:

Chamber Singers 

The Olivet college chamber singers is an auditioned SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) ensemble that performs a variety of repertoire including traditional and contemporary historical periods and genres.  The ensemble is open to qualified vocalists, regardless of major, by audition.

Women’s Chorale 

The University of Olivet women’s chorale is an auditioned SSAA (Soprano, Soprano, Alto, Alto) ensemble that performs a variety of repertoire including traditional and contemporary historical periods and genres. The ensemble is open to qualified vocalists, regardless of major, by audition.

Gospel Choir 

The University of Olivet Gospel Choir is comprised of all vocal parts, and percussionists, pianists, and guitarists. The Gospel choir performs inspirational selections from various genres and seeks out unique performance platforms for students of all backgrounds. The ensemble performs for several events on campus, and are in high demand off-campus with invitations from community connections. This ensemble is open to all, regardless of major, by audition.

Wind Ensemble  

The University of Olivet wind ensemble consists of woodwind, brass, and percussion players who perform pieces of various instrumentation and styles. The wind ensemble performs a wide variety of literature from classic band pieces to the latest contemporary works. The ensemble is known for quality performance standards in the community and around the world having performed on tour around Michigan, as well as in Paris, France and Rome, Italy. The ensemble is open to qualified wind and percussion instrumentalists, regardless of major, by audition.

Marching Comets 

The University of Olivet Marching Comets are comprised of students from all majors and backgrounds from around the world! All woodwinds, brass, percussion, and color guard who pass a successful audition are welcome to join. Together we serve our surrounding community by performing and sharing our love of music. The Comets are also regular performers by invitation to Europe for the New Year’s Day festivities. The Comets take pride in providing education, through music, that emphasizes student leadership and values integrity. In acknowledgment of their supporters, the Marching Comets strive to continually build upon their legacy on and off the field.  Regardless of the adversity they may face, they will keep marching on. The Marching Comets are open to qualified wind and percussion instrumentalists, regardless of major, by audition. If you’d like more information about the Marching Comets, please click here.

Jazz Ensemble

The University of Olivet Jazz Ensemble consists of brass, saxophones, drums, guitar, bass, piano, and vocals; the ensemble is open to all qualified musicians by audition regardless of major. The jazz ensemble performs on and off campus throughout the year focusing on all genres of jazz, from bee bop to funk! The ensemble plays in big band and jazz combo settings throughout the year.

The Margaret Upton Conservatory of Music

As the home of our music program, the conservatory has numerous practice rooms, vocal and instrumental rehearsal halls, a 123-seat recital hall and a computer-equipped electronic music/MIDI recording and music composition lab.

Music Scholarships

Interested music majors can audition for up to $3,000 in annual scholarship awards. Students who plan to major in another area, but are interested in participating in Olivet’s music ensembles are also eligible to apply for scholarships. Scholarships are worth up to $2,000 and are in addition to all other need and institution-based aid.

Courses in the Program

MUS 141 - Piano Class
MUS 214 - Aural Skill
MUS 322 - Comprehensive Music History
MUS 311 - Form and Analysis
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