The music program at Hendrix is designed to appeal to a wide range of students of differing academic interests. Within the context of a liberal arts education, the curriculum for the music major prepares students for graduate programs and professional pursuits both in music and in other fields. The music program also offers many opportunities for the non-major through private lessons, ensembles, and music courses. Approximately 15% of the total student body participates in some form of musical activity or private instruction, while many more enroll in the general interest courses.
The Music Department offers scholarships to both majors and non-majors. An audition is required and may be arranged through the Office of Admission.
Music ensembles are open to all Hendrix students and perform regularly on campus in a variety of concert settings. Graduation credit and Odyssey credit may be earned through participation in the Chamber Orchestra, Choir, and Wind Ensemble.
Private or group lessons are available to all students, regardless of background or major, in piano, organ, voice, strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion. Course credit and Odyssey credit may be earned. A nominal fee ($150 per semester for half-hour lessons; $300 for hour lessons) is charged. This fee is waived for Music Scholarship recipients.
Each year the Music Department sponsors events of interest to the Hendrix community and the public. Our annual recital series is supported by the Harold Thompson Endowment Fund. Recent visitors include the Choir of Clare College (University of Cambridge, UK), violinist Jennifer Koh, Miami Quartet, Guarneri Quartet, and composers John Corigliano, Jennifer Higdon, and Michael Torke. In addition, members of the music faculty regularly present solo and chamber music recitals. Little Rock’s proximity to the campus provides additional opportunities for students to attend musical performances. Trieschmann Fine Arts Building houses eight teaching studios, 15 practice rooms, two large rehearsal halls, and the 160-seat Reves Recital Hall. Staples Auditorium (800 seats) is equipped with a 3-manual, 40-rank Schantz organ and a nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano. Greene Chapel, with seating for 300, features a Nichols & Simpson organ.