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99% of concerts are free and ticketless. Some concerts - only those few in the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance - might require tickets or money.
The concert hall opens ½ hour before the performance.
Visiting Artists are always sponsored by a member of the faculty and are chosen specifically to complement our course offerings and enhance the educational experience of our students.
Anything else, check the faculty page and find a full list of our outstanding faculty members.
Brooks-Rogers seats 250 with room for 10 more to stand.
Chapin Hall seats 1060 when the extension is not on the stage. During the school year, the extension remains on and it seats 964. This includes the balcony and the side benches.
The music department does not provide support for outside events.
The department does not loan out equipment.
The main music office is open from 8:30am - 4:30pm. The building is open from 7:00am - midnight.
The practice rooms are for the use of Williams students, faculty, and staff only.
You can come in to practice at any time that the building is open.
Practice rooms are unlocked and on a first come, first served basis. You don't have to sign up for practice rooms. The practice rooms are for the use of Williams students, faculty, and staff only.
No. Williams performing ensembles and all other opportunities are open to all qualified students regardless of major.
Most of the Williams ensembles require an audition, some more formal than others. See the ensemble page for more information.
Yes. Individual instruction in instruments and voice is available to all qualified students as Music 251-258 and Music 325/26,427/28. As this is one-on-one teaching there is an extra fee assessed for these courses. However, the Music Department does subsidize part of the cost in an attempt to keep the cost to the students as low as possible. There are partial credit and full credit lessons. Click here to view the course options.
No. At Williams there are no minors in any discipline. However, many students double major in music in combination with majors in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and even other arts disciplines.
Majors are declared in the spring of sophomore year.
The forms are updated in the fall mid-semester.
If you wish to become a donor, contributions may be mailed to Music Ensembles Fund, Attn. Michelle Picard, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, MA 01267. Please let us know how you would like your name listed in our website, brochures, and e-newsletters.
Our ensembles are open to all students regardless of major, and there is a great variety of them. While some are more challenging and require greater commitment than others, in all cases the goal is the pursuit of artistic challenges and the achievement of musical goals through public performance. In addition to the departmental and student lead groups there are also opportunities for solo performance, chamber music, jazz combos, etc. See the Ensemble section of the web page for more information.
Yes. All serious music students who wish to continue their musical pursuits while at Williams should submit an Arts Supplement. We receive about 500 of these each year and review each of them carefully. Although we do not make admissions decisions we can and do advocate for those students whom we feel would strengthen the program. If we choose not to make a recommendation to Admission it does not have a negative impact.