Hamline’s music program integrates musicianship skill building with historical and theoretical study. All Hamline students, regardless of major, are encouraged to participate in music courses, lessons, and ensembles. Ensembles include the A Cappella Choir, chamber music ensembles, Jazz Ensemble and jazz combos, Orchestra, University Chorale, and Wind Ensemble.
Sundin Music Hall, with its warm ambience and acoustics, is used for student recitals, rehearsals, and concerts. Sundin Hall is host to many professional ensembles and soloists of local and international renown. Students have the opportunity to attend these concerts for free or reduced ticket prices. The hall has digital recording equipment, web-streaming capability, and two Steinway grand pianos. Students may find employment and practical experience assisting the Director of Sundin Hall with the presentation of concerts and events.
International study opportunities include full term and short term options. Music majors have recently attended full term study in England, France, the Netherlands and Italy. During the January short term our popular Music History Abroad course takes students to Europe to study music history on site.
Our music majors pursue graduate studies and successful careers in performance, teaching, film scoring, audio engineering, arts management and other professional fields.
The department has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1961.
George S.T. Chu, professor. BA 1969, Yale University; MM 1976, DM 1979, Indiana University. Theory, voice, director of A Cappella Choir. At Indiana University he studied with Julius Herford.
Janet E. Greene, professor. BA 1978, Smith College; MM 1982 Manhattan School of Music; DMA 1996, Rutgers University. Clarinet, theory, chamber music, director of the Hamline Wind Ensemble.
Kathy Thomsen, professor. BA 1976, Hamline University; MM 1980, University of Michigan; DMA 2000, University of Minnesota. License in Dalcroze Eurhythmics 2003, Longy School of Music. Piano, accompanying, eurhythmics, director of University Chorale.
Yali You, professor, chair. BA 1984, Shanghai Conservatory of Music; MM 1987, Performance Certificate 1988, Northwestern University; DMA 1996, University of Cincinnati. Cello, music history, chamber music, director of Hamline Orchestra.