Centre College offers an extraordinary wealth of opportunities for students who wish to pursue their love of music in college.

Centre’s music faculty are passionate and dedicated to developing your potential as a musician and student of music. All are talented and inspiring musicians, and often develop life-long friendships with their students.

Whether you want to play in a first-rate college orchestra or sing in a choir, perform in an opera or musical, play in our Kentucky music ensemble, learn about music from exotic cultures, work with world-class artists who come to the Norton Center for the Arts, or study music from some of our internationally acclaimed faculty, Centre’s music program is brimming with possibilities.

Our music program seeks to provide a meaningful, high quality experience with music for every student at the College. We are committed to:
• Enabling students to listen perceptively and communicate clearly about music.
• Developing each student’s understanding of the interrelationship of the history, theory, and practice of music.
• Increasing and broadening student appreciation of a variety of musical styles.
• Enabling students to become more accomplished, creative, and expressive musicians through participation in applied study and performance organizations.
• Preparing students with professional aspirations in music for employment and graduate studies in the discipline.

Your Major Took You Where?*

Kentucky Center for the Arts Boston University (M.A., musicology)
TKO Artist Management Cleveland Marshall School of Law (J.D., law)
Savannah VOICE Festival University of Kentucky (M.A., music therapy)
Louisville Orchestra Ohio University (M.M., trumpet performance)
All Saint’s Episcopal Church Atlanta Colorado State University (M.M., voice performance)
Prague Summer Nights: Young Artist Music Festival University of Texas (M.A., Middle Eastern & global policy studies)
The VOICExperience Foundation Florida State University (M.M., voice performance)
*A Sampling of Recent Centre Graduates

“Centre’s music program allowed me to teach in India this past summer. All of my vocal and piano lessons, in addition to my choral conducting and music theory classes, prepared me to teach Grades 5-12. This unique experience is my first step in becoming an international educator.”

Centre Class of 2018 • Double Major: Music and English


Special Scholarships for Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Scholarship (music and/or drama) program recognizes talented musicians, actors, and theater technicians. Applicants compete for Performing Arts Scholarships, valued up to $5,000 per year and awarded by the music and drama programs. Students should have experience in and a commitment to further personal development in the musical or dramatic arts. Majoring in music or drama is not required. Details about the Performing Arts Scholarship can be found under “Special Scholarships” on the Scholarships web page.


• African Drum Ensemble
• Centre Symphony Orchestra
• Centre Wind Ensemble
• CentreJazz
• Kentucky Music Ensemble
• Rhythm Fusion Ensemble

• Centre College Choir
• Centre Singers
• CommonTime (a cappella group)


Our students are a diverse group of talented young people. Some are classically trained instrumentalists and vocalists, others are composers who write popular music, instrument-specific pieces, or music for an ensemble. Some specialize in areas such as blues, digital music technology, traditional banjo music, or Baroque vocal music. Our majors pursue graduate work in composition, music education, music therapy, musicology, and performance. Many of our students are double majors or students who simply can’t stop making music while they major in another field. They bring their love of music to their careers as doctors, educators, lawyers, and researchers.



Centre instrumental ensemble performs under the direction of the music faculty.

April 7: Musician’s Showcase, 3p.m., Newlin Hall

The Centre Singers and Centre Women's Voices present music

April 11: Choirs in Concert, 8 p.m., Presbyterian Church

April 13: Thy Will Be Done, 7 p.m., Newlin Hall

Norton Center fountain at twilight

April 14: Carrie Fowler recital, 3 p.m., Grant 114

Norton Center fountain at twilight

April 25: Olivia Renfro recital, 6 p.m., Grant 114


April 27: Centre Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble (CONVO), 1 p.m., Newlin Hall

Norton Center fountain at twilight

April 28: Voice Studios Recital, 3 p.m., Grant 114

Kentucky Ensemble cover art showing band members' torsos and legs with their instruments in front of them.

April 29: Kentucky Ensemble, 7 p.m., Combs Warehouse

Norton Center fountain at twilight

April 29: Piano Recitals, 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Grant 114

May 1: CentreJazz (CONVO), 7 p.m., Combs Warehouse

Norton Center fountain at twilight

May 3: Wallace Huff recital, 6 p.m., Grant 114

The Steel Drums and African Drumming Ensemble performed in the Warehouse on April 24, 2017.

May 6: Rhythm Fusion/African Drums, 7 p.m., Weisiger Theatre

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