- Bachelor of Arts in Music
- Bachelor of Music (Piano, Vocal or Instrumental)
- Five-year Honors Program (BM/MM and BA/MM)
- Minor in Music
The HNU music department offers its students professional-caliber musical training together with a liberal arts education, providing a strong foundation for a career in the arts in the 21st century.
What makes the Holy Names University Music Department unique?
- A friendly, supportive environment with small class sizes and a variety of performance opportunities
- An individually-tailored course of study including the option of a self-designed major
- Mentor relationships with professional performers/teachers
- Top-notch ear-training and sight-singing with internationally recognized Kodály faculty
- An innovative, performance-based approach to core music studies
Performance labs and forums, chamber ensembles, noon concerts, student recitals and Opera Scenes workshops provide students with a variety of informal and formal performance opportunities in a supportive setting. In addition, the San Francisco Bay Area offers many venues for students to perform outside the university, and the chance to experience world-class opera, symphony, ballet, choral and chamber ensembles, jazz, blues and world music.
About the Program
The core undergraduate music program at Holy Names features a unique, innovative Great Works curriculum, integrating all aspects of musical studies (history, theory and aural skills) in relation to the greatest masterpieces of the Western musical tradition. Each course in the six-semester sequence focuses on a period of music history, while making connections with the music of other periods and other cultures around the world. Courses are team-taught by the HNU music faculty and integrated with students’ work in performance ensembles and individual music studies.
Holy Names University offers two undergraduate music degrees. The Bachelor of Music degree in Performance (Piano, Vocal, or Instrumental) prepares students for graduate study and career possibilities in performing, accompanying, and teaching. The Bachelor of Arts in Music has a less demanding performance requirement and offers the opportunity to pursue a double major or a self-designed major. We also offer a five-year honors degree program (BM/MM or BA/MM).
In addition to university-wide scholarships and a $5,000 tuition waiver, undergraduate music majors are eligible for the following music scholarships:
Babin Memorial, Bernhard Abramowitsch, Grace Vamos, Raleigh Claire Shaklee, Thierof Piano, Weber Music, Ellen A. Mullen, Trutner Music, Fugara, Cotton Estate, Bertalero Memorial
For additional information, contact Dr. Steve Hofer, Chair of Music Department, 510.436.1244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Placement exams in theory and musicianship are required of all entering music majors. These exams are offered during the week prior to the beginning of each semester.
Admission and Audition Requirements
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For acceptance into any of the undergraduate music programs, the applicant must audition for a faculty jury prior to the term in which proposed study would begin. Pianists and other instrumentalists should perform three works chosen from different periods, at least one of which must be memorized. Vocalists should sing no less than two classical music selections from memory, one of which must be in English. Video auditions may be submitted by students unable to visit the campus. For more information, contact Steve Hofer, email@example.com or 510.436.1244.
To schedule an audition, contact Sarah Hawley-Snow, firstname.lastname@example.org or 510.436.1404.
Quotes from Students
Arriving at Holy Names, I knew I had a passion for music and a desire to turn that passion into a reality. I came to find that I was surrounded by supportive professors, small class sizes, and others who were just as enthusiastic as myself. -Michelle Girardot, B.M., ’09 (Voice)
The HNU music department is completely not what I expected. The individual attention is phenomenal, all of my classes feel like private lessons. I can honestly say we all know each other’s names and instruments; it is so welcoming and nurturing. –Laili Samori, B.M., ’09 (Clarinet)
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