Department of Music

  • Spirit of Nature F16

    Guest Artist: Spirit of Nature

    Music from China feat. Chen Tao, Wang Hong, Li Ping, Gao Hong, Liu Li and Yang Yi, (with Emma Grisanzio '17)
  • Jazz F16

    Carleton Jazz Ensemble

    under the direction of Laura Caviani
  • Larry crop

    Larry Archbold Concert and Colloquium

    Professor of Music and Enid & Henry Woodward College Organist, Emeritus, performs at the Holtkamp Organ
  • Jinn Lee Guest conductor

    Carleton Orchestra

    Jin Lee '17 guest conducts Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture
  • Patrick O'Reilly Comps

    Patrick O'Reilly '17

    performs on guitar with his Jazz combo featuring Joe Lowry, piano; Sara Wall, bass; Nate Osher, drums

Carleton is an exceptionally musical college, where excellent musical opportunities abound for all students, regardless of major.  All Carleton students may choose from a wide variety of classroom courses embracing the study of not only western art music, its history, theory, and practices, but also rock, jazz, global pop, Motown, and blues, film music, the philosophy and psychology of music, and musics of India, Africa, the Caribbean, and China.  

Over 800 Carleton students per year have also chosen to perform in Choir, Orchestra, Symphony Band, Jazz Ensemble, Chinese Music Ensemble, West African Drum Ensemble, and to study privately in an array of areas, including voice and all instruments typical of western art music ensembles, and also folk guitar, mandolin, banjo, sitar, Indian vocal music, African drums, jazz, and Chinese musical instruments.