Programs of Study in Music

“Where your passion becomes your future”

Majors

  • Music
  • Music Education—Vocal/Choral (P–12)
  • Music Education—Instrumental (P–12)

Minor

  • Music

Educator Preparation

  • Music (Instrumental or Vocal/Choral, P–12)

Major requirements and course descriptions are outlined in the Huntingdon College Catalog. These programs of study are part of the Department of Fine Arts.

Interested in music?

Music Major Scholarship Audition Information

We’re thrilled that you’re interested in being part of the Music Program at Huntingdon College! Scholarship auditions for students entering in Fall 2021 will be held virtually. Detailed instructions are below.

Here are the steps to complete your music scholarship audition:

  1. Apply for Admission to the College, if you haven’t done so already.
  2. Prepare and upload your audition video, according to the specifications below.
  3. Submit your Music Major Scholarship Audition Form, on which you will provide the URL for your audition video.
  4. Deadline for submissions: March 8, 2021

Audition Video Instructions

Audition videos must be uploaded to YouTube as unlisted. Each selection may be recorded separately, but please combine all recordings into one singular video submission. Recordings do not have to be professionally made; we do, however, recommend that you ensure the recording is of high quality, contains clear audio and video, and is without technical problems. For instance, be sure that the performer is in the camera shot, and that the microphone is far enough away from the performer to avoid distortion. Consider making a few test recordings before attempting your first full take.

Don’t forget to complete the Audition Form, linked above, to provide Music Program faculty with the URL!

Voice Applicants

  • Prepare one piece to perform. The piece may be in the classical, spiritual, folk, or hymn genre.
  • Videos must be within the maximum submission length of 5 minutes. If your chosen piece exceeds this length, please select a logical excerpt that fits within the given time restraint.
  • Questions? Email Ms. Elizabeth Kimbrough—ekimbrough@hawks.huntingdon.edu.

Piano Applicants

  • Perform two solo pieces representing contrasting periods, such as Baroque/Romantic or Classical/20th Century.
  • Videos must be within the maximum submission length of 10 minutes. If your chosen pieces exceed this length, please select logical excerpts that fit within the given time restraint.
  • Questions? Email Ms. Laryne Monte— lmonte@hawks.huntingdon.edu

Brass/Woodwind Applicants

  • Perform two pieces/movements representing contrasting styles. (i.e. lyrical and technical)
  • Solo literature comparable to All-State audition material is recommended.
  • Videos must be within the maximum submission length of 10 minutes. If your chosen pieces exceed this length, please select logical excerpts that fit within the given time restraint.
  • Questions? Email Dr. Brandon Slocumb—bslocumb@hawks.huntingdon.edu

Percussion Applicants

  • Perform a concert snare drum etude from such methods as Mitchell Peters’ Intermediate Studies for Snare Drum or Anthony Cirone’s Portraits in Rhythm.
  • Perform a solo piece for mallets (2 or 4 mallets) that fully demonstrates your technical and musical ability. Consider composers such as Bach, Smadbeck, Burritt, Sammutt, or Peters.
  • Perform all 12 major scales in 2 octaves.
  • Perform your choice of a short timpani etude (Goodman, Carroll, Firth, Hochrainer) OR a selection for drum set with play-along track.
  • Questions? Email Aaron Locklear – alocklear@hawks.huntingdon.edu

Music at Huntingdon

Huntingdon offers the best of all worlds in Music and Music Education. Here, you will find a complete music curriculum accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). At the same time, Huntingdon offers a full liberal arts educational experience. The Music major provides a strong foundation in music theory; auditory skills (sight reading and ear training); music history; and vocal or instrumental ensemble participation (band or choir). Music Education majors complete the requirements for the Music major as well as Teacher Candidate clinical experiences to become eligible for certification from the Alabama State Department of Education. This certification allows one to teach at the P–12 levels in either choral or instrumental music.

A Symphony of Opportunities

Huntingdon offers a score of music ensembles that are open to any student who loves music. Perfect your skills and gain performance experience through:

Interested in being part of a praise worship team? Campus Ministries holds auditions each semester. Planning to teach? You may work with prospective musicians through Huntingdon’s Honor Choir and high school choral festival.

Why Huntingdon?

Huntingdon has long been known for excellence in Music and Music Education. The program offers:

  • National music accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • Educator Preparation in either choral or instrumental music—or both!
  • Abundant performance opportunities for singers and instrumentalists.
  • Teacher Candidate clinical experiences for Music Education majors.
  • Weekly studio lessons—one-on-one instruction from experienced musician-professors.
  • Piano proficiency training in Huntingdon’s Yamaha keyboard lab.
  • Emphasis on student success from basic music fundamentals through all levels of theory and sight singing.
  • Numerous practice studios in Smith Hall, dedicated to the fine arts.
  • Assistance with placement into graduate programs or employment.
  • Successful graduates who are professional musicians in the areas of performance, education, music therapy, worship leadership, and fine arts administration.
  • Flexibility to combine the Music major with a second major.
  • Judy Marley Montgomery Choir Awards or Scarlet and Grey Awards—generous scholarships for participation and performance.
  • Strong liberal arts core curriculum emphasizes communication and critical thinking skills.
  • Study in the Hobbs Honors Program for qualified students.
  • Part-time worship leadership, choir, and other music ministry positions in local churches.

Exceptional Facilities

Sybil Smith Hall is the hub of music activity on campus. Theory, voice, ear and sight training, instruments, and voice are studied here. A new Huntingdon Bands Rehearsal Hall opened in Roland Student Center during the 2017–2018 academic year. Performance spaces include Delchamps Recital Hall, Ligon Chapel, Drum Theater, Top Stage, Samford Stadium, and Roland Arena.

Dedicated Faculty-Musicians

Members of the music faculty at Huntingdon are active professional musicians participating in community musical venues such as the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Montgomery Chorale, Montgomery Brass, Montgomery Madrigal Voices, and Cloverdale Wind Ensemble. The music faculty also serve as guest performers, conductors, adjudicators, and clinicians throughout Alabama and the Southeast.

  • Damion Womack, D.M.A., Chair, Department of Fine Arts; Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities
  • James Conely, Ed.D. Adjunct Instructor of Music, Organ and Piano
  • Curtis Hollinger, M.M.Ed. Adjunct Instructor, Clarinet, Woodwinds
  • Elizabeth Bryan Kimbrough ’06, M.S., Troy University, Instructor of Music, Voice
  • Adam Locklear, Director of Percussion
  • Rusty Logan, D.A. Director of Bands
  • Brenda Luchsinger, D.M.A. Adjunct Instructor of Music, Applied Horn
  • Kevin Manderville, D.M. Adjunct Instructor of Music, Guitar
  • Laryne Monte, Accompanist, Department of Music; Instructor of Music
  • Brandon Slocumb, Instructor of Music, D.M.A., Low Brass, Brass Pedagogy, Ear Training

Graduate Success

Jazz 2016 Winter Concert PhotoHuntingdon Music and Music Education alumni have been admitted to graduate programs at the Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Westminster Choir College, the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, the University of Alabama, the University of North Carolina, the University of Oklahoma, and numerous other programs. Graduates have entered career fields from teaching and performance to music therapy and law.

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