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Regardless of whether you’re interested in the Music Minor or just want to incorporate music into your time at Marist, we’ve got something for you. The Music Program at Marist cultivates music literacy, musicianship, individual creativity, and engaged citizenship through learning experiences, performances, and a commitment to providing music on both the local and international levels.

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I became involved so quickly because in only one semester at Marist, the Music Department gave me something that I believe every college first-year looks to find: a home. I was welcomed into the program with open arms and was considered part of the family from the start. I came into Marist knowing how to play my instruments, but the music program taught me how to create with them, perform with them, and use my skills in ways that I never imagined I could.

Brennan Duarte

Environmental Science and Policy Major, Music Minor

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At Marist, I’ve learned to sing, not just perform. I’ve learned discipline and patience, I’ve learned all that my voice can do and how versatile I can be, and I’ve been exposed to so many types of music, from choral to opera to Broadway standards. Most of all, I’ve learned who I am as a musician.

Justin Camero

Psychology Major, Music and Sociology Minor

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Music Camp at Marist was where I had first met many of my college friends, and where I first found a sense of belonging, and family. It was at that moment, that I knew I would love it here at Marist. No one judged anyone else’s ability to play, and we were all seen as the same; a member of the Marist Orchestra. Although I am not particularly musically inclined, I still really enjoy playing the violin, and I was able to continue improving throughout the years I have been here at Marist.

Andrew Mark

Digital Media Major, Graphic Design Concentration, Global Studies Minor

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I’m a member of Time-Check, the all-male a cappella group, Marist College Singers, and Chamber Choir. These groups have not only provided me with a space to pursue my love of choral music, but they’ve also helped me grow tremendously as a leader.

Dylan O’Brien

Psychology/Special Education Major, Music Minor

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[Choral Director] Sarah Williams taught me to ask myself, ‘Where can I best contribute?’ She modeled compassion and basic humanity, and she continues to influence me today.

Nick Bayer

Political Science Major, Music Minor

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I always felt a bit detached from what I was singing, and now, I sound totally different as a singer. [Choral Director] Sarah Williams is an inspiration, and I’ll always have a special connection with her. She’s like a second mom to me.

Kelly Peaks

Environmental Science and Policy Major, Music Minor

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A World-Class Music Experience

Any Marist student can participate in several performing ensembles and take a variety of courses offered in music theory, music history, and applied voice and instrumental studies. The program also brings in major names to teach and guest conduct with our program. As a Marist student you can partake in the:


  • Music Minor: open to all majors and very compatible with any educational path at Marist
  • Vocal Ensembles: including Marist Singers, Chamber Choir, Chapel Choir, Gospel Choir, and any of the student-run A Cappella groups
  • Wind and Percussion Ensembles: including Marist Band, Wind Symphony, Brass Ensemble, Flute Choir, The Jazz Foxes, Handbell Choir, Percussion Ensemble, and Woodwind Ensemble
  • String Ensembles: including Marist Orchestra, Chamber String Ensemble, and Guitar Ensemble


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Travel the World with Marist Music

The Marist Singers, led by Williams, gave a series of public concerts at prestigious venues in Vienna, Eisenstadt, Mondsee, and Hallstatt before heading to Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg to participate in World Choral Fest (WCF), whose aim is “bringing the world together in song.” The festival culminated in a dramatic performance of both classic and new choral works inside the elegant Salzburg Cathedral, where the public treated them to a standing ovation.

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Earn a Music Scholarship with Your Talent

At Marist, we believe in the power of music, so much so that the Music Department has specific scholarship awards for eligible Music students. Based on talent and technical merit, students applying for the Fusco Music Scholarship are eligible to receive a $2,500 award renewable each year.

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