Read about how you can make music at Dickinson during our virtual Fall 2020 semester on our Music During COVID-19 page. Alumni are invited to join us.

Walk into the music department on a typical day, and you will find students and faculty working together to answer crucial cultural questions.

  • What makes a great piece of music compelling?
  • How can art address social problems?
  • How might performance create empathy between individuals?
  • What ethical dilemmas do scholars and performers face in their creative work?
  • How does one evaluate an expressive medium such as composition?
  • How has music been harnessed for humanistic and political gains?

These are the types of interdisciplinary conversations we are having in our classrooms, performance studios, practice rooms and rehearsals and on our concert stage. If you love composing, performing or thinking about music, we invite you to join our supportive and expressive community.

Contact Info


Jennifer BlythProfessor of Music

Department Coordinator

Stacy RohrerDepartment Coordinator
Barbara NeibergDepartment Coordinator






Weiss 207, Weiss Center for the Arts Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • Peace Corps
  • Nashville Opera
  • Arts Council of Princeton
  • Baltimore Children’s Museum, Education Department
  • Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
  • Healing Strings Studio, Founder
  • JCC Manhattan
  • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Heimat Quartet
  • International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Maryland Folklife Archive
  • New England Conservatory
  • Opera Lafayette
  • Princeton University
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • San Francisco Opera
  • University of Texas, Arlington
  • Cornell University
  • IBM
  • Lutzker & Lutzker LLP
  • Twentieth Television
  • Vanguard Group, Inc.
  • UCLA Children’s Hospital
  • United States Military and Reserve

Graduate Schools

  • Boston Conservatory
  • Boston University
  • Fulbright Fellowship
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • New York Medical College
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Peabody Conservatory
  • Princeton University
  • Shenandoah University Conservatory
  • Tulane University
  • UCLA
  • University of Bologna (IT)
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Warner Brothers
  • Chelsea Music Festival
  • St. Marks Opera, Florence, Italy
  • AIMS Festival (Graz, Austria)
  • Bethlehem Press
  • Brevard Music Festival
  • Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Lincoln Center
  • LitWorld
  • National Theater Institute
  • Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
  • Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center

Student Perspective

“ The Weiss Prize gave me the opportunity to create a significant work and realize it in a public performance. The discipline and rigor required in writing the work and the collaborative atmosphere of the rehearsal process were both challenging in all the best ways.”

—Sam Phelps '19, who will spend a year as a contractor’s apprentice building a tiny house before pursuing a graduate degree in composition at Peabody Conservatory

“ The Department of Music has given me an amazing experience and has the best faculty of any department. We’re a family. Presenting the research I conducted in my senior music seminar was one of the proudest moments for me at Dickinson.”

—Jessie Doyle '19, studying music education at Boston University

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