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    Hamline University
    Jul 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Music Department

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Hamline’s music program thrives on the participation of all Hamline students. Music majors and non-majors alike join our ensembles, take lessons, invigorate our courses with diversity, and help build a creative community on campus. At the start of the academic year, placement auditions help students get connected, supported and appropriately challenged in their musical journeys. Students may choose to become a member of one, two or even more of the following performance groups:  A Cappella Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, chamber music and small combos, Hamline Singers/Studio or an ad hoc group of your own creation! Many of our popular music production courses are 2-credit skills-based experiences that may be taken singly or stacked together to earn a Certificate in Music Production. A variety of classes in technology, musical cultures, history, arts collaboration, and theory are offered in annual rotation.  

Most departmental rehearsals and concerts take place in Sundin Music Hall, a modern 325-seat hall with warm, resonant acoustics. Sundin also hosts a rich variety of concerts by professional ensembles and soloists of local and national renown. A pair of 7-ft Steinway grand pianos grace the stage and the Sundin sound booth provides recording and live streaming. Employed by the Director of Sundin Music Hall, a staff of student workers gain practical experience with music venue management.

The core spaces for the Music Production curriculum include a newly outfitted 24 track recording studio featuring industry standard equipment such as Apollo, Neve, API, Undertone Audio, Soyuz, Stager, Peluso, ATC 25’s, and Focal. The core Music Production program also includes a spacious Mac lab classroom for lecture-demos featuring Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and QLab software, as well as numerous break-out lab rooms, offering students a place to practice their new skills in recording and mixing. 

The robust Twin Cities performing arts scene and our professional, well-connected teaching staff provide students with excellent internship opportunities with recording studios, theater companies, music venues, commercial music libraries, educational organizations, and music producers. Study abroad opportunities include full term and short term options - past music majors have taken semesters in England, France, and the Netherlands. 

Our graduates develop careers in the music business as performers, composers/arrangers, teachers, in recording, mixing and editing, live sound, arts management and administration, marketing, sales, and as promotional and media specialists, entertainment lawyers, music journalists and bloggers.

The department has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1961.


Jeffrey Bailey, professor of practice, director of contemporary music production, director of the Hamline jazz ensemble. BM 2011, McNally Smith College of Music; MM 2017, McNally Smith College of Music.

Janet E. Greene, professor, chair. BA 1978, Smith College; MM 1982 Manhattan School of Music; DMA 1996, Rutgers University. Clarinet, theory, chamber music, director of the Hamline Wind Ensemble.

Yali You, professor. 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.


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