Music Program At Eastern Connecticut State University


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Housed in the new state-of-the-art Fine Arts Instructional Center, the Music Program at Eastern provides theoretical and experiential opportunities which emphasize the history, theory, performance and criticism of music and musicians from both Western and non-Western traditions. Music classes allow students to learn critical and analytical thinking, written and verbal communication skills, as well as creative expression. In addition, students engage in advanced training through practica, independent studies, internships, a senior capstone course, and study tours. The Music Program presents a full season of concerts and recitals, and is often host to guest artists and ensembles, all of which expose our students and audience members to the diversity of styles, eras, and practices of the global society. A strength of the program is that core courses in music performance, music theory and music history are conducted in ways which make connections with other areas of the arts, culture, and society. The breadth of knowledge which comes from a broad, liberal arts focus in music studies has been recognized as a powerful tool in being prepared for the challenges that are inevitable in a rapidly changing world. Watch a short video about Music at Eastern by clicking HERE.

Offering a Bachelor of Arts in Music with concentrations in:

Musicology: History Composition, Criticism
Music Industry and Leadership *NEW

If you’re interested in majoring in music at Eastern please visit our “Prospective Students” page for more information and click the “Apply Now!” link below.

Not majoring in music, but still want to stay involved in music while attending Eastern?

There are many ways to stay involved! Please read more about opportunities for non-majors and minors in lessons and ensembles by clicking the appropriate link above.

Practice and Performance Spaces

The Fine Arts Instructional Center opened in January 2016 and features state-of-the-art rehearsal and performance spaces. Facilities includes practice rooms for student use, a 400 seat concert hall, proscenium theater, studio theater, 2 performance labs, a piano lab, and several design classrooms.  Contact any member of the Music faculty to set up an on-campus visit!

Photos11612Concert Hall

Choral Rehearsal Room

FAIC-108Instrumental Rehearsal Room

FAIC-PIano LabPiano Lab

FAIC-219-Movement StudioPerformance Lab

Upcoming Events

New England Wind Conductor’s Workshop at Eastern Connecticut State University

Oct. 18-19, 2019

Please click HERE for more information!

Music @ Eastern in the Community

The Music Program at Eastern is committed to engaging with the campus and local communities through our programming and outreach initiatives.  At the center of this mission is the belief that all Music Program concerts and events should be free for all Eastern students, faculty, and community members.  Examples of these free events include our Noon Recital Series, Guest Artist lecturers and presentations, Faculty Recitals and University Ensemble Concerts. Click HERE to view a complete list of our concerts and events!

In addition to our on campus programming, our students and ensembles frequently engage with the community in non-traditional venues such as nursing homes and retirement communities, schools, and after school program through Project L.I.S.T.E.N. This community engagement initiative encourages our students to seek opportunities to get out into the community to use their art for social good.

If you are interested in having one of our ensembles visit your school, camp, or after-school program, please email Dr. Emily Riggs (

Eastern Concert Band and Eastern Concert Chorale are open to members of the community in addition to Eastern students, faculty, and alumni. If you are interested in learning more about either of these ensembles, please email the appropriate ensemble director!

Opportunities to give!

The Music Program relies on the generosity of our community of alumni, families, friends, and supporters to enhance the ongoing education of our students. Your support helps provide additional funds for things like instrument upkeep and helps support opportunities for student enrichment, including guest artist masterclasses and clinics, conference attendance, ensemble tours, and performance attendance.

Here are some opportunities to support our students!

FacultyRecitalSeriesLogoAll donations collected at all Faculty Recital Series events directly fund our “Freshmen Merit Awards”, awarded to students who are made significant contributions to the Music Program through lessons and ensembles as well as maintained strong academic standing during their first year at Eastern. For a full list of Faculty Recital Series Events, please view our Season Calendar, accessible via the “Concerts and Events” link above!

Join us online

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