Photo by Emily Hauze '04

David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, performs the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Swarthmore College Orchestra in November, 2013.

Swarthmore's music program is a vibrant community of performers, creators and critical thinkers who share a passion for music both past and present, pop and classical, near and far. Our academic courses invite students to think deeply about music; our ensembles bring talented students together to perform challenging and varied repertoire; and our program of private instruction enables students to study with some of the finest teachers from Philadelphia to New York City.  Students in our program are often active in many other fields, such as art history, biology, engineering, English, linguistics, and mathematics. The wealth of interests and curiosity they bring to music-making fosters a fresh and exciting atmosphere in Lang Music Building.

We welcome all students, whether or not they pursue a major or minor in our discipline, to become part of our music family. Given the buzz of activity happening in Lang, and facilities to rival many larger universities, you'll never want to leave. And with the library open until one a.m., and practice rooms open all the time, you really don't have to.