If you have made music an important part of your life, your musical growth need not end with high school graduation. Our music program is designed to allow the development of musical ability through performance and private study while majoring in another field, or as part of the Fine Arts program.
Led by John Vanore, Widener's instrumental ensembles rehearse weekly throughout the year. Students involved in the Chamber Music program (directed by Mara Parker) work closely with a small group of string and keyboard players to hone their listening skills and ensemble playing. Vocal students have the opportunity to join the Widener Chorale. This group meets weekly and performs each semester.
Our professional recording studio allow students to assess their progress. CD recordings of recent performances are available.
Interested students can participate in the following:
- Wind Ensemble
- Jazz Ensemble
- String Chamber Ensemble
- Percussion Ensemble
- Pep Band
- Widener Chorale
- Gospel Choir
Freshmen can apply for scholarship awards, which are applied toward the cost of tuition,
in amounts up to a maximum of $2,500. The scholarship is renewable throughout the
four-year course of study at Widener. Awards are determined by an interview and audition
with John Vanore (wind program) or Mara Parker (chamber music and vocal programs).
Students in any of the performing ensembles are eligible to receive academic credit for their participation. These credits also count towards the performing requirement in the Fine Arts major or minor program. Due to its nature as a student-led activity, there is no academic credit for the Pep Band.