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.

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 that 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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  • Jazz Workshop

    A weekly session devoted to learning about and playing jazz in a small-group setting. Previous jazz experience is not required. Open to Middlebury College students only.

    Mahaney Arts Center 221

  • Carillon Recital by the Yale Carillon Guild

    The Yale Carillon Guild will be presenting a performance of classical and modern works on the Chapel carillon. Since 1964, the Yale University Student Carillon Guild has presented daily performances on Yale’s 54 bell carillon, has trained incoming students in the art and has managed a summer series of well-attended carillon recitals open to the public. Many Yale graduates have passed the exams of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America as Professional Carillonneurs and now hold prominent carillon positions throughout the country.

    Middlebury Chapel

    Open to the Public
  • McAllister/Ames Duo: Project Encore Vol. 1

    PROJECT ENCORE, featuring acclaimed saxophonist Timothy McAllister and the celebrated pianist Liz Ames, was born from the idea that concert curation often relies too much on tradition and time-honored chestnuts while ignoring fresh, innovative and diverse voices.

    Mahaney Arts Center, Olin C. Robison Concert Hall

    Open to the Public

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