The Department of Music provides a creative environment for the study and performance of music with a global perspective, and encourages students to develop skills, expand knowledge, and contribute actively to society as artists and citizens.

We offer a diverse curriculum that engages students in historical and cultural study, as well as analysis, creation, and performance of music.

Our emphasis on global perspective and experiential learning provides opportunities for each student to explore and develop their own musical passions, and to collaborate with peers and faculty in many ways, including through interdisciplinary work, ensemble participation, and independent projects.

All Music Department courses, ensembles, lessons, and other activities are equally available to nonmajors and majors alike. The curriculum for music majors offers a balance between thoroughness and flexibility, offering each student a chance to develop areas of strength in the context of a broad liberal arts education.

A wide range of lessons are available—including piano, voice, and most orchestral instruments, as well as folk fiddle, bagpipes, blues harmonica, and more.

Students walking to and from the MAC.

Our Facilities

The MAC

The 100,000-square-foot Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts, known as the MAC, is a hub of arts activity on campus. It’s also home to the Music Department and includes practice rooms, lockers, an electronic music studio, and a 372-seat concert hall.

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Music Collection

Our extensive collection, located in the Davis Family Library, contains reference, CD, book, video, and score collections in the field of music and dance. 

Our Music Collection

Chapel Organ and Carillon

The Middlebury Chapel houses a large pipe organ the was constructed by the Gress-Miles Organ Company in 1971, as well as a carillon, assembled in 1915 and enhanced over the years. Both are played regularly and enjoyed throughout the campus.

Chapel Instruments

Upcoming Events

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  • Zack Abrams' Senior Work Performance

    A solo classical guitar concert featuring Latin-American and original works, including Barrios, Anido, Reis, Villa-Lobos, Piazolla, and Peña. Full vaccinations and boosters (or valid medical or religious exemptions) and masks required. If you have symptoms, or have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 5 days, you may not attend arts events.

    Mahaney Arts Center, Olin C. Robison Concert Hall

    Open to the Public
  • Scenes and Songs: A Sampling of Musical Theatre from Opera to Broadway

    Students of Carol Christensen and Susanne Peck present a lively evening of solos, duets, and ensembles, accompanied by Cynthia Huard and Annemieke McLane. Full vaccinations and boosters (or valid medical or religious exemptions) and masks required. If you have symptoms, or have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 5 days, you may not attend arts events.

    Mahaney Arts Center, Olin C. Robison Concert Hall

  • Middlebury College Community Chorus Concert

    The College Community Chorus performs their first concert in over two years! Under the theme of beauty of the Earth and its people, this uplifting and thoughtful program includes Johannes Brahms’ “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place,” Sarah Quartel’s “There Alway Something Sings,” Craig Hella Johnson’s “Psalm of Life,” Ukrainian folk and sacred choral music, Canadian singer/songwriting Connie Kaldor’s “Wood River,” and Marques L.A. Garrett’s “Rise, Shine.” Featuring Tim Guiles, piano and Jeffrey Buettner and Ryan Opiela-Young, conductors.

    Mahaney Arts Center, Olin C. Robison Concert Hall

    Open to the Public

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