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Music

About the Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is conceived within the context of the Ferrum College and School of Arts and Sciences mission. Furthermore, the goals of this program are to develop musicianship and artistic sensibilities alongside business and technical skills in order for graduates to secure employment within the multi-billion-dollar global music industry.

Ferrum College offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to continue their musical lives after high school. These opportunities include music major and non-major studies in the following instruments: Woodwinds, Brass, Piano, Percussion, Harp, Voice, and Appalachian Folk Instruments.

Jennifer Ayers-Barnard
Adjunct Instructor of Music
Director of Concert Choir
Grousbeck 109
Emily Blankenship-Tucker
Adjunct Instructor of Music
Grousbeck 108
Ashley Cundiff
Adjunct Instructor of Music
Grousbeck Hall 108
Jeremy Price
Percussion Band
Alexander Lyons
Woodwinds
Adam McAllister
Adjunct Instructor of Music
Director of Chorale
 Grousbeck 110
Amanda Raymond
Gregory Rock
Interim Director of Bands
Grousbeck 111
B.M., Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University
Dr. Aimé Sposato
Provost
Instructor of Voice
John Wesley Hall 103

Find Out More

Contact the Program Coordinator of Music: music@ferrum.edu.

Internship opportunities for the Music Business program will include artist management agencies around the country, public relations agencies, concert venues, record labels among many other possibilities.

Music curriculum may include:

  • Music Theory 1
  • Aural Skills Lab I
  • Class Piano I
  • Music Business I
  • Music Ensemble, Band or Choir

For full listing of current classes, view the college catalog for Business Emphasis, B.A. or Performance Emphasis, BA.

Graduates of our music business program track will be equipped to work as:

  • promotional agents
  • marketing managers
  • business managers
  • artist representatives
  • booking agents
  • publicity coordinators

Graduates in the performance track will attain the necessary entrepreneurial skills to build careers as working musicians. Gaining employment as a professional musician in organizations such as orchestras and opera companies is competitive but not impossible.

Marching Band

The Ferrum College Marching Band practices a drum corps style of marching. The Ferrum College Marching Band performs during pregame and halftime at all home football games and selected away games. It also participates in local parades like the Franklin County Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Roanoke. The marching band rehearses on Wednesdays and Friday nights during the fall season until early November. To join the Marching Band visit ferrum.edu/band. There is no audition requirement but students must have at least two years of high school marching band or color guard experience to join.

The Ferrum College Mountain Winds

The Ferrum College Mountain Winds is a community concert band. It rehearses during the academic year on Monday nights from 6:45 PM to 8:00 PM. The FCMW is open to anyone in the surrounding communities that plays a wind or percussion instrument. String instruments such as double bass or violins are welcome to join at the discretion of the conductor.

The FCMW performs 2 concerts per semester. The difficulty level of the music is moderate considering that students and community members may have limited time to practice based on their busy professional or personal lives.

No audition is necessary at the moment but as the ensemble grows this may change. There is also no age requirement. However, basic proficiency in a musical instrument and experience playing in concert band is expected to successfully perform the selected repertoire for concerts.

The Ferrum College Spirit Band

The Ferrum College Spirit Band performs at selected women and men basketball games from mid-November to mid-February. The Spirit Band only performs while school is in session and does not perform at basketball games during winter break.

The Ferrum College Iron Mountain Brass

The Ferrum College Iron Mountain Brass is a brass ensemble comprised of Ferrum College brass students. It is also open to members of the community. The FCIMB performs Christmas carols during the fall for surrounding communities and also performs one feature concert in the spring. For more information on how to join this ensemble email Mr. Gregory Rock at grock@ferrum.edu.

The Ferrum College Woodwind Ensemble

The Ferrum College Woodwind Ensemble is a an ensemble comprised of Ferrum College woodwind students. It performs Christmas carols during the holiday season and at selected school events during the spring semester.

Ferrum College Chorale

This auditioned group performs choral literature from the Renaissance to the contemporary, suited to the number of singers. The focus is to achieve excellence in ensemble balance, rapport, technique, and style.

Concert Choir

This large group studies choral literature from all periods of music history and performs in campus and off-campus concerts and programs. The Ferrum College Concert Choir is open to all college students each semester without auditions.

Music Major Auditions

Prospective students can audition to be a music major at Ferrum College in a variety of ways.

  • On campus during one of our open house events or off campus at selected college fairs or school visits
  • On campus  at a scheduled time
  • By sending a recorded video audition and required materials to music@ferrum.edu
  • Via FaceTime, Skype or any other video calling service

If the video file is too large to send, submissions can be sent via YouTube, Dropbox, GoogleDrive or iCloud or with any other cloud service. Videos must clearly show the candidate performing in good lighting and audio.

Audition Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Music

Woodwinds and Brass:

  • Two contrasting selections, for example: one slow and one fast, that demonstrate preparation and potential for growth
    • Marching Band show music  and concert band music are acceptable as long as they demonstrate contrasting styles. You do not have to count through the rests. Playing with a metronome is acceptable.
  • Memorization and accompaniment are not required for the audition
  • Music Performance candidates must also prepare 2 major scales of their choice by memory

Percussion:

  • Two contrasting selections, for example: one slow and one fast, that demonstrate preparation and potential for growth

Piano:

  • Two contrasting selections, for example: one slow and one fast, that demonstrate preparation and potential for growth.
  • Music Performance candidates must also provide one letter of recommendation from their piano instructor.

Voice:

  • Two contrasting selections, one must be in a foreign language
  • Music Performance candidates must perform by memory.

Harp:

  • Prepared solo minimum of 3 minutes long that demonstrates preparation and potential for growth. Harp students must own their own instrument in order to study at Ferrum College. We currently do not have a school-owned harp.
  • Music Performance candidates must provide a letter of recommendation from their harp instructor.

Appalachian Folk Instruments:

  • A solo chosen by the applicant that demonstrates musical dexterity in the instrument and potential for growth
  • Music Performance candidates music provide a resume listing performance and educational background in Appalachian Folk Instruments.