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Music Performance Opportunities

Music plays a vital role in the intellectual life of Fordham University's undergraduates, teaching students necessary skills to analyze and appreciate non-verbal modes of expression. Fordham students have the opportunity to perform with a multitude of ensembles, ranging from orchestra to choir to jazz and much more.

Lab fees apply. Please note that there is no refund after the Add/Drop period.

For more information contact Angela Michalski.

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Students Learning Jazz at Lincoln Center

Fordham is excited to be in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center. Fordham JALC groups are led by Matt Buttermann. For information about auditions and placement, please contact mbuttermann@fordham.edu.

There are two ways you can participate with Fordham JALC:

  • Small Jazz Ensembles (MUSC 1291). Students are sorted into small, coached performing groups aiming toward a recital at the end of the semester. There is a flat fee of $250 per student per semester. The small jazz ensemble can be taken for 1 credit or 0 credits depending on your preference.
  • Jazz Orchestra (MUSC 1301). Students play in a larger group. There is a flat fee of $150 per student per semester. The course can be taken for 1 credit or 0 credits depending on your preference.

Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra

Fordham LC Chamber Orchestra
  • The Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra (MUSC 1300) is conducted by TBA.
  • It is open to all Fordham students (both undergraduate and graduate), faculty and staff.
  • No auditions required.
  • Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm-9:00pm at the Lincoln Center campus.
  • You have the option to take it for one or zero credits depending on your preference.
  • Lab Fees Apply

For more information, contact Jiannan Cheng, Director of Orchestral Ensembles.

Afro-Latin Music Ensemble

Afro-Latin Ensemble

The Afro-Latin Music Ensemble (MUSC 1302) focuses on traditional and popular music mainly from Ecuador and Colombia as well as popular Afro-Latin rhythms from across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Afro-Colombian and Afro-Ecuadorian musics include a variety of instruments such as hand drums, bass drums, shakers, guitar, and the marimba, all of which accompanies call-and-response singing. As Afro-Caribbean music is pervasive throughout the region and incorporated into traditional styles as well, students will also learn the fundamentals of various Latin American Instrumental techniques.  The ensemble focuses on participatory music, so beginners are encouraged to join and play, while experienced musicians will still be able to advance their own techniques.

The ensemble is led by Peter Wellington. The ensemble usually meets on Tuesday evenings at Lincoln Center.

For more information contact Grant Smith, Music Performance Coordinator, Department of Art History and Music.

Collegium Musicum Fordhamense

Collegium Musicum

Collegium Musicum Fordhamense (MUSC 1303) is a vocal and instrumental ensemble dedicated to exploring and presenting music stemming from the medieval and early modern traditions, performing once or more each semester.

Collegium seeks to create opportunities for hands-on experimentation with early repertoire, informed by, but not beholden to, current research into historical performance styles.

The Collegium is led by Tracy Cowart, and is open to all members of the Fordham community who are interested in performing and learning about music.

Collegium Musicum usually meets on Monday evenings at Lincoln Center.

For information email: collegium@fordham.edu.

Coached Chamber Music Groups

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Students can enjoy playing chamber music together in a coached ensemble. The groups are coached by Fordham's network of private music teachers. Students are placed in appropriate small groups, with up to four players, by instrument and experience.

MUSC 1231 - There is a flat fee of $375 per student per semester.

Students of the option to take coached chamber music for zero or one credit, depending on their preference.

Contact Grant Smith, Music Performance Coordinator, Department of Art History and Music.

Private Lessons

Guitar player

Fordham offers a way for students to take private music lessons (voice/instrument) at a discounted rate with our network of music instructors through the University.
MUSC 1260 - 1280

Fee: $925 - 12 lessons/semester

Please Note: No refunds after add/drop period

For more information and for assistance with registration:

Rose Hill Students please contact Angela Michalski, Senior Executive Secretary, Department of Art History and Music

Lincoln Center Students please contact Grant Smith, Music Performance Coordinator,  Department of Art History and Music

Orchestra

Fordham Orchestra

Fordham's orchestra (MUSC 1281) program is administered through Rose Hill Campus Life.

  • It is open to all Fordham students (both undergraduate and graduate), faculty and staff.
  • No auditions required.
  • Rehearsals are held on Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:30pm-6:45pm.
  • Students have the option to participate for one or zero credits.

For more information contact Jiannan Cheng, Director of Orchestral Ensembles.

Choirs

Choir

Fordham's choir program is led by Robert Minotti. For information on auditions, joining, and rehearsals, contact minotti@fordham.edu. Some of the choirs available include: Concert Choir (RH=MUSC 1241; LC=MUSC 1242), Women's Choir (MUSC 1245), Gloria Dei Choir, Liturgical Choir, and the Schola Cantorum.