Music Program

Music Program

The Music Program cultivates music literacy, musicianship, individual creativity, and engaged citizenship through challenging learning experiences, diverse performance opportunities, and a commitment to providing music to both the campus community and many local organizations. In keeping with the Marist mission, the Music Program encourages students to share their love of music with those in need, creating a lifelong opportunity for creative expression and commitment to community.

Under the guidance of Arthur B. Himmelberger, Director of Music, the various instrumental and vocal performance ensembles have become the backbone of the Marist College Music Program. The program has grown tremendously over the past few years and is the residence for a 'family' of about 400 students. The young men and women who comprise this family pursue their love for music through the achievement of musical excellence while performing on the Marist campus as well as throughout the greater Hudson River Valley, New York State, the nation, and abroad.

Each Marist student can participate in several performing ensembles and take a variety of courses offered in music theory and music history. We also offer courses ranging in interest from applied voice and instrumental studies, to researching the lives and works of renowned composers. The Marist music student experiences an environment of individual care and attention that is conducive to personal growth. These nurtured skills contribute to the musical vitality of the College and remain with the student, to be used and enjoyed throughout their lives.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will attain basic music literacy.
  • Students will have a foundational knowledge in cultural contexts of music.
  • Students will demonstrate musicianship through their ability to interpret and perform a wide range of musical genres.
  • Students will demonstrate commitment to community by participating in performances in support of many organizations.

A World of Music Awaits You at Marist College

Explore the highlights the Marist Singers’ recent tour to Austria during the Summer of 2018.   Marist offers our students the opportunity to experience music in the halls of those who have created renowned symphonies, and under the batons of the contemporaries who have composed modern masterpieces.  In recent years, our band and choir have shared the stage with composers such as Johan deMeij, Robert W. Smith, Ola Gjeilo, and Dan Forrest.