The Music Department is eager to meet all of the musicians and music lovers in the class of 2019!

Many of you will want to take lessons, join an ensemble, and/or take a music course. Here is a guide to the steps you need to take during Orientation Week to get started in music at Wellesley.

Orientation Week in the Music Department
Information Session
Tuesday, August 25 from 4:00 to 5:00pm in Jewett Auditorium
We encourage all students interested in music to attend. At this time we will
out-line the steps you need to take to get involved in ensembles, music lessons and music courses at Wellesley. Information materials and sign up sheets for auditions for lessons and ensembles will be available at this event.

Music Theory Placement Evaluation will be available online later in the summer, and once the exam is available, you will be able to reach the exam by following the link in the Entering Student Checklist in MyWellesley.

Auditions for Lessons
Lesson auditions/first meetings take place either during Orientation Week or
the first week of classes. To take lessons, students should:
1) make sure to indicate the instrument/voice you would like to study on the
top sheet of the Music Theory Placement Evaluation, and
2) sign-up for auditions on the sign-up sheets posted on the bulletin boards
or tables outside the Music Department Office. Office location is Jewett, Room 205.

Auditions for voice and piano (and possibly other instruments) will begin during the latter part of Orientation Week, so it is essential that students wishing to study these instruments sign-up for an audition as soon as possible. Other auditions will take place during the first week of classes.

If there is no sign-up sheet posted, the appropriate faculty member will contact you during the first week of classes to arrange a meeting. (If you are not contacted, please notify Eliko Akahori, on or before Friday, August 28.) Students wishing to take lessons for credit should indicate this at the audition/first meeting, as this option is available only with instructor permission. Complete co-requisite course requirements for lessons are listed in the course catalog.

Advise from the Experts on Advising Day
Thursday, August 27 from 9:30 to 11:30 am
Location: TBD

Representatives from all of the Music Department ensembles, the academic faculty and the instrumental faculty will be available to meet you and to answer your questions. This is an excellent time to meet the faculty of the Music Department. Information materials and sign up sheets for auditions for lessons or ensembles will be available at this event.

Ensemble Auditions/Open Houses
Ensemble Audition sign-up sheets and notices about the dates and times of Open Houses are posted outside the Music Department Office, Room 205 in Jewett. It is important that students sign-up for auditions as soon as possible. Most ensembles hold auditions and opening events toward the end of Orientation week and during the first week of classes.

Further information about the musical opportunities offered by the Music Department is available on our Music Dept. web pages at

If you have questions, please contact:
Eliko Akahori, Director of the Music Performance Program,