Fine Arts


A Campus Where Music Matters

Music has always been one of the most vital and enduring art forms—it animates the preschool classroom and the Gothic cathedral. As a music major, you’ll focus on the continual development of your performance skills while you explore the story of music in the Western world. Hillsdale’s Core Curriculum requirements will ensure that you receive a more balanced education than is offered by a traditional conservatory approach. And because music is a campus-wide passion—25 percent of non-music majors belong to ensembles, and student performances consistently draw big crowds—you’ll have a wide circle of fellow performers and fans. We offer a wide range of performance opportunities, as well as master classes and clinics with eminent musicians who come to campus as part of our Professional Artists Series. Music is offered as both a major and minor.

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Music Scholarships

Taylor Flowers playing the piano.

The Hillsdale College music department offers scholarships to music majors, music minors, and students of other majors who choose to participate in music.

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Performing Ensembles

Chamber Choir at practice.

Over 25 percent of students campus-wide participate in one or more of the music ensembles. While orchestra and choir are the two largest ensembles, students can also receive credit for chamber choir, big band, pep band, chamber ensembles, and many more.

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Howard Music Hall

The music department is housed in the John E.N and Dede Howard Music Building. The building contains two recital halls, nine studio offices, twenty-five practice rooms, a jazz studio, a percussion studio, and a music classroom.

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Sigma Alpha Iota

Ramona performing at an SAI concert.


Sigma Alpha Iota is an international music fraternity for women.

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Phi Mu Alpha

Music Concert

Phi Mu Alpha is a national music fraternity for men that purposes to foster brotherhood and serve the advancement of music on the campus of Hillsdale College.

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Mu Alpha

Mu Alpha Concert

Mu Alpha is an independent men’s music fraternity which seeks to further the musical development of its members and encourage interest in music both on and off campus.

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