Welcome Conservatory Class of 2018!

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

Dr. Kay Hoke

Welcome to the Sunderman Conservatory's class of 2018! All of us - faculty, staff, and current students - are excited that you will be joining us in August.

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, 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 2013-14 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 were Chestnut Brass, Amernet String Quartet, eighth blackbird, Tim Warfield (jazz saxophone), and David Breitman (fortepiano).
  • The Sunderman Conservatory Orchestra concerts featured violinist James Nyugen and oboist  Mary Pearce, winners of our annual Concerto Competition.
  • The Wind Symphony traveled for two weeks to China and Singapore where they performed concerts and collaborated with Chinese college students.

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.


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

B.A. with a Major in Music and Music Minors

First Semester
• MUS_CLAS 141 Music Theory I (PRE-REG???)
• First Year Seminar (highly recommended; a number of seminars also fulfill the writing or other curricular requirements)
• Two courses that fulfill Gettysburg Curriculum requirements (second language recommended)
• Applied performance area instruction, and appropriate ensembles (see additional information below)

Bachelor of Music Education

First Semester

  • MUS_CLAS 141 Music Theory I  (PRE-REG????)
  • EDUC 201 Educational Psychology  (??????)
  • First Year Seminar that also fulfills a curricular requirement (e.g., Writing, American or English Literature, or Math/Quantitative).  The writing component is a state requirement for teacher licensure that must be completed in one of the following ways during the first semester:
    • an approved Gettysburg College course,
    • achieved a minimum score of 660 on the verbal portion of the SAT,
    • successfully completed an approved AP English Writing class with a score of 4 or higher.
  • Applied performance area instruction, and appropriate ensembles (see additional information below)

For detailed registration information, Bachelor of Music Education students should review the Music Education Summer Advising Webinar.  Your advisor will guide you in the selection of a 4th course and various other music requirements not listed above. 

Bachelor of Music in Performance

First Semester

  • MUS_CLAS 141 Music Theory I (PRE-REG ?????)
  • First Year Seminar (highly recommended; a number of seminars also fulfill the writing or other curricular requirements)
  • One course that fulfills Gettysburg Curriculum requirements (second language recommended)
  • Applied performance area instruction, and appropriate ensembles (see additional information below) [Note:  MUS 157 Applied Studies 1 will be your 4th course.]

Your advisor will also guide you in the selection of any other music requirements not listed above.

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; BM students should pre-register for three full courses. All other music 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.

[link to Ensemble policy??]

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. Entering students with a significant theory background who are interested in advanced placement in Theory may elect to take the theory placement exam (this is a different test than the one you took during your audition). We do not accept AP theory credits.  This exam is given on Thursday, August 28 at 10:30 AM.  (See information in the schedule below.)

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 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 clefhttp://www.teoria.com/exercises/read.htm

If you struggle identifying keys based on key signatureshttp://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 27

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Theory Placement Testing. REQUIRED  Rm. 215

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.

Note:  Music Majors will meet with their music advisors on Friday, August 29.  See schedule below. 

Friday, August 28

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

[Edit to reflect current policy] 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