Since its founding in 1892 as a conservatory, the School of Music earns its reputation as one of the best in the nation, offering a superb blend of full-time resident faculty, performance opportunities, state-of-the-arts facilities, access to liberal arts courses, and success in career placement. It's a place where students work with world-class professionals every day to become world-class professionals themselves.
Full-time resident faculty. Regular contact with a primary faculty member is essential in a student's musical development, so our students attend a private lesson and repertoire class meetings each week. They receive many other chances -- class time, impromptu conversations in halls and gathering places, required ensemble rehearsals -- to touch base frequently with one of our 62 faculty members, who maintain a constant presence on campus.
Professional performance opportunities. Regardless of degree program, all music students perform in a competitive yet supportive environment. Our 24 ensembles include three bands, a symphony orchestra and chamber orchestra, six vocal ensembles, three jazz ensembles, and numerous chamber groups. The school hosts more than 300 concerts annually, and our ensembles have performed in high-profile venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and in international cities such as London, Dublin, and St. Petersburg, Russia.
State-of-the-art facilities. In 1999 the school remodeled its facilities and doubled its size. New additions included the 250-seat Hockett Family Recital Hall, three recording studios, two large rehearsal halls, hi-tech "smart" classrooms, Apple computer labs, and labs for jazz and electronic keyboard. There is also a world-class music education suite, music education library and resource center. New equipment and capabilities continue to be added each year.
A conservatory within a college. With more than 100 majors and 60 minors available at Ithaca College -- and over 2,000 courses to choose from -- students have exposure to a wide variety of fields of study, including the humanities and sciences, business, communications, and health and sport disciplines. You can train at a world-class conservatory and attend a great college simultaneously.
Excellent career placement. Ithaca alumni have pursued careers in renowned symphonies and opera companies and on Broadway; as faculty members and deans in prestigious universities and colleges; as teachers in school systems throughout the country; and as music therapists, composers, publicists, audio engineers, and managers.
Combine all that with a location in a dynamic, beautiful college town, and you'll understand why Ithaca College is the best choice for music students.