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 is available now by way of the link. All students interested in lessons, music courses or in joining one or more enembles should complete the top sheet to this evaluation.  Please take the test by 4:00pm on Wednesday, August 26.

Auditions for Lessons
Lesson auditions/first meetings take place either during Orientation Week or the first week of classes. If you want to take lessons, it is essential you meet with the instructor during the first week, as you will need to register for the lessons and complete a lesson contract before the end of the Add period. The deadline is Friday, September 11. To take lessons, you 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 (across from the Auditorium). For updates regarding auditions, please visit the Auditions web page at http://www.wellesley.edu/music/performanceprogram/auditions.

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, eakahori@wellesley.edu 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.

Advice from the Experts on Advising Day
Thursday, August 27 from 9:30 to 11:30 am
Location: Academic Quad

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 opportunity  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 http://www.wellesley.edu/music/performanceprogram

If you have any questions, please contact:
Eliko Akahori, Director of the Music Performance Program, eakahori@wellesley.edu.