Choosing Courses [Part II]

Later this summer, you will find  links to more detailed information from the Registrar and academic departments about:

  • First Year Seminars (FYS)
  • Writing Courses (W)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Practicums (NSEP)
  • AP and IB Credit Guide 
  • College Jazz Ensemble: Interested in playing jazz on campus this fall? The Swarthmore College Jazz Ensemble has projected openings in all sections. Please be sure to bring your instrument with you to campus. Any questions about the ensemble and the Swat jazz scene can be directed to Andrew Hauze at ahauze1@swarthmore.edu
  • College Orchestra: Calling all instrumentalists! The Swarthmore College Orchestra is welcoming new members in the fall. Be sure to bring your instrument and some music for your audition when you come to campus. Auditions will be held on Monday, September 1 and Tuesday, September 2 (the first two days of classes). Please prepare any 2-3 minute piece (or part of a piece) that you enjoy playing and that you feel shows your strengths as a performer. You may also be asked to sight-read a short excerpt from our repertoire. If you're interested in joining Orchestra, sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board across from the Music Department Office when you arrive on campus. In the meantime, feel free to email Andrew Hauze (the Orchestra director) at ahauze1@swarthmore.edu with any questions. We hope to make music with you in the fall!
  • Wind Ensemble (Band): The Wind Ensemble welcomes anyone who plays a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. We play great staples of the band repertoire (including works by Holst, Vaughan Williams, and Grainger), and transcriptions of classic works such as Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Dvorak's Slavonic Dances. The Wind Ensemble rehearses on Monday nights in Lang Concert Hall, and performs a full concert at the end of each semester. Auditions (for seating purposes only - everyone is welcome to play!) will be held on Monday, September 1 and Tuesday, September 2 (the first two days of classes). Auditions are informal and laid back: please just prepare any 2-3 minute piece (or part of a piece) that you enjoy playing and that you feel shows your strengths as a performer. If you're interested in joining Wind Ensemble, sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board across from the Music Department Office when you arrive on campus. In the meantime, feel free to email Andrew Hauze (the Wind Ensemble director) at ahauze1@swarthmore.edu with any questions.
  • Want to relieve stress while making beautiful music? Come sing with us - and get academic credit for it! The Swarthmore Chorus and Chamber Choir are holding auditions. The Chorus, a mixed group of about 70 singers, has sung such major works as Bach's B-minor Mass and St. John Passion, Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Brahms' Requiem, Schönberg's Friede auf Erden, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. The Chamber Choir, a select mixed group of about 24 singers, tackles more intimate repertoire, such as Tallis' Lamentations of Jeremiah, Lasso's Missa pro defunctis, and Bach's cantatas and motets. The Chorus rehearses every Wednesday from 7-8:30pm; Chamber Choir rehearses every Wednesday from 8:30-10pm. Membership in Chorus is necessary to audition for and sing in the Chamber Choir. Academic credit available for both ensembles. Contact Joseph Gregorio for audition information.
  • Gamelan Semara Santi is a classical percussion orchestra from Bali, Indonesia, consisting of tuned gongs, bronze-keyed xylophones, drums, and bamboo flutes. Approximately 20 to 25 musicians participate, mostly Swarthmore students, plus a few additional community members. We perform classical and modern compositions from Bali - some instrumental, some with dance. We rehearse Indonesian style, without the use of notation. Musicians may receive 0.5 credit per semester if desired. We welcome any student musician to play, with or without prior training in music. No audition is necessary. Students who wish to dance should have a background in some form of dance (not necessarily Indonesian dance). Weekly rehearsals are on Mondays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Lang Music 410, plus an additional 30 minutes per week in smaller groups ("sectionals"), day and time TBA. There are also three Sunday afternoon rehearsals per semester. For more information e-mail Tom Whitman at twhitma1@swarthmore.edu.
  • Any incoming student intending to enroll in Music 11 (Harmony, Counterpoint, and Form I) and the associated course Music 40A (Elements of Musicianship I) should sign up for a brief individual assessment with the instructors of the course. The assessment will consist of basic questions to ensure the student has the prerequisites required for the course (see course catalog) and will also serve to place the student in the appropriate musicianship skills group. More information on how to sign up for this assessment will appear here later in the summer and in your Orientation Packet when you arrive. If you have any questions, please contact Jon Kochavi at jkochav1@swarthmore.edu.

Registration for courses will happen on the Friday of Orientation Week, after you've met with your academic advisor.  For now, make a list of courses that not only are in the discipline you think will be your major, but also those courses that interest you outside that discipline.  This will be a good start for that first conversation with your advisor.

Some courses will need to be lotteried. If you are concerned about a particular course and whether there is need for a lottery, please refer to that academic department's webpage under "Courses."

Check back here later.