Welcome Conservatory Class of 2017!

Registration Info: Courses | Registration Info: Applied Lessons
Music Theory Placement Testing | Conservatory Orientation Schedule
Ensemble Audition Information

Dr. Kay HokeWelcome to the Sunderman Conservatory's class of 2017! All of us - faculty, staff, and current students - are excited that you will be joining us in August. With your class, we continue moving towards the next milestone of a combined number of 148 music majors and minors.

This is a great time for music at Gettysburg. We continue to establish ourselves as a small, dynamic, distinctive conservatory and are excited to have you join us in shaping its future. During the orientation period in August, you'll have the opportunity to gather as a group to become acquainted with each other and reacquainted with the faculty. Over the summer, you can expect to receive more information about Sunderman-related events scheduled during orientation. We hope you find this web page, created just for incoming Conservatory students, useful. It provides information about registering for courses and applied lessons on your instrument/voice, ensemble auditions, instructions about music theory placement testing during orientation, and a Sunderman Conservatory orientation schedule. As always, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have between now and then. Please feel free to contact me directly, the Conservatory office, or be in touch with Dr. Teresa Bowers, Coordinator of Recruitment.

These are just a few of the performance events that were held in 2012-13 that illustrate the variety of activities at Sunderman:

• Among the artists-in-residence who performed on campus and worked with students in lessons, coachings, workshops and master classes during 2012-2013 were Chris Brubeck, Third Coast Percussion, Harmonious Blacksmith, and SHUFFLE Concert.

• The Sunderman Conservatory Orchestra featured vocalists Sarah Tuttle and Victoria Sharbaugh, winners of our annual Concerto Competition, in concert.

• The conservatory was  featured in events commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War including the premiere of a new composition for chorus and percussion "Letters from Gettysburg"  by faculty composer Avner Dorman.

Congratulations on your graduation from high school, and best wishes for a fabulous summer. May it be filled with friends, fun, and music!

All the best,

S. Kay Hoke, Ph.D.
Director, Sunderman Conservatory of Music
Gettysburg College


 

Music Education Students

Registration Information

Course Registration Information

All Music degree and Music Minor students should register first for MUS_CLAS 141 (Music Theory 1) and build the rest of the schedule around this course. This course must be in the schedule for all Music Majors. In the second semester, students should register first for MUS_CLAS 142 (Music Theory 2).

COURSES FULLFILLING THE GETTYSBURG COLLEGE CURRICULUM

Choose the rest of your courses in accordance with your degree program:

Bachelor of Music Education

Fall Semester
• MUS_CLAS 141 Music Theory I
• First Year Seminar (with writing component) or Eng 101/111
• MUS_CLAS 149 Social Foundations of Music Education
• second language 1 OR a course in Integrative Thinking: Quantitative, Inductive and Deductive Reasoning (math)
• MUS_CLAS 120 (.25) Piano Skills I
• applied performance area instruction, and appropriate ensembles (see additional information below)

Spring Semester
• MUS_CLAS 142 Music Theory II
• MUS_CLAS 212 Cross-Cultural Elements and Contexts of Music
• EDUC 201 Educational Psychology
• second language 2 OR a course in Integrative Thinking: Quantitative, Inductive and Deductive Reasoning (math) OR a course in English Literature (British/American)
• MUS_CLAS 121 (.25) Piano Skills II
• MUS_CLAS 159 (.25) Vocal Methods
• applied performance area instruction, and appropriate ensembles (see additional information below)

Note: you should consider whether to complete your second language requirement in your 1st year or sophomore year. If you choose to complete it in your 1st year, take the second language courses. If you decide to complete language in your sophomore year, take the QIDR (math) and Literature courses in your 1st year.

Music Education majors will complete the piano proficiency through the two keyboard skills classes (MUS_CLAS 120-121). If you think you would like to study abroad, please discuss this with your advisor at your first meeting so that you can plan ahead for the 9th-semester student teaching option.

PLEASE NOTE: Music education majors have very specific registration requirements for the first year. On Wednesday, June 19th from 4-5:30PM, there will be a webinar designed to help with course registration. This webinar will also present a great deal of other information relevant to your first semester as a music education major.  Please email Dr. Brent Talbot if you have questions or need additional information.


B.A. with a major in music and music minors

First Semester
• MUS_CLAS 141 Music Theory I
• second language
• First Year Seminar (highly recommended: a number of seminars also fulfill the writing requirement)
• one multiple inquiries goal course other than in the Arts,
• applied performance area instruction, and appropriate ensembles (see additional information below).

Second Semester

• MUS_CLAS 142 Music Theory II
• MUS_CLAS 212 Cross-Cultural Elements and Contexts of Music
• second language or Gettysburg Curriculum requirement (in consultation with academic advisor).
• ENG 101/111 (only if the writing requirement was not previously satisfied) or Gettysburg Curriculum requirements (in consultation with academic advisor)
• applied performance area instruction, and appropriate ensembles (see additional information below).


Bachelor of Music in Performance

First Semester
• MUS_CLAS 141 Music Theory I
• Music 157 Applied Studies I (SEE REGISTRATION INFORMATION BELOW)
• second language
• First Year Seminar (with writing component) or ENG 101 Introduction to College Writing or ENG 111 Writing through Literature or one multiple inquiries goal course other than in the Arts

Second Semester
• MUS_CLAS 142 Music Theory II
• Music 158 Applied Studies II (SEE REGISTRATION INFORMATION BELOW)
• MUS_CLAS 212 Cross-Cultural Elements and Contexts of Music
• second language or Gettysburg Curriculum requirement (in consultation with academic advisor).

For advising help during the summer, contact Dr. Kay Hoke, Director of the Sunderman Conservatory of Music.


Applied Lesson and Ensemble Registration

Applied Music and Ensemble Registration will take place with your private instructor and ensemble director(s) the first week of classes. You will NOT be able to preregister online for these classes. Applied Music is a full course for Bachelor of Music degree students; hold space for a this course in your schedule. All other degree students should register for four courses; applied music will be a partial course added to your schedule.

Registration for applied music courses include Voice, Piano, Organ, Guitar, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, or Strings. This includes students in the Bachelor of Music degree program.


Keith Gromis performs with the SCM Wind SymphonyMusic Theory Placement Testing

At the Sunderman Conservatory we offer extensive training in music theory and musicianship so as an undergraduate you can enter the school with little formal training in the subject. For those students who have only the very basic knowledge of theory we offer a preliminary skills course - Fundamentals of Music.

Every entering student must take the theory placement exam (this is a different test than the one you took during your audition). It will determine if you are ready for Theory I (MUS 141) or should instead take Fundamentals of Music (MUS 111) . The placement exam also includes questions for those students who wish to test out of Theory I and II. We do not accept AP theory credits.

We highly encourage entering students to take advantage of the period between their acceptance and enrollment to improve their musicianship skills and broaden their music theory knowledge as much as possible.

Life is easier in the first year of if you know the basics of music theory. The minimum requirement for entering Music Theory I is the ability to read music with speed in both treble and bass clef. This includes pitch, rhythmic values, and meter. We find that many students are familiar only with the clef of their primary instrument. It is imperative that you learn to read in both treble and bass clef before you arrive on campus. You can access the following online tutorials to help you:

If you have trouble reading either bass or treble clef http://www.teoria.com/exercises/read.htm

If you struggle identifying keys based on key signatures http://www.teoria.com/exercises/kc.htm

Keyboard harmony is a major component of theory studies. If you are uncomfortable at the keyboard we strongly encourage you to get some piano instruction over the summer.

Each semester, theory students are required to pass a listening test. Pieces from Music Theory I in the fall 2012 semester are listed here. You might want to get a head start on your listening during the summer.


Sunderman Conservatory Orientation Schedule

Jazz Ensemble featuring Julie Blum

Thursday, August 22

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Theory Placement Testing. REQUIRED for all incoming Music Majors and Minors: Rm. 215

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Theory Placement Testing. REQUIRED for all incoming Music Majors and Minors: Rm. 215
(Students should choose to attend one of the above testing sessions)

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Rm. 222, Paul Recital Hall
Auditions for students who have not previously auditioned and who are interested in a music major or minor. Email Diane MacBeth to schedule an audition. Audition requirements.

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Students with a double major meet with advisor in the other major

Friday, August 23

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Welcome and Information Meeting for all Music Majors and Minors: Recital Hall – REQUIRED

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Music degree meetings for Music Majors and Minors - REQUIRED

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Students meet with music advisors


Ensemble Audition Information

All conservatory students must perform in one or more major ensembles on their primary instrument or voice as assigned by Conservatory faculty. Students have the option to audition for several ensembles, performing on a secondary instrument/voice if so desired. Audition information for the conservatory large ensembles can be found at the following links. It is strongly suggested that you be well prepared for your audition(s) as seating can be very competitive.

Wind Bands and Symphony Orchestra

Jazz

Choirs