The music program at Hendrix is designed to appeal to a wide range of students of differing academic interests. Within the context of a liberal arts education, the curriculum for the music major prepares students for graduate programs and professional pursuits both in music and in other fields. The music program also offers many opportunities for the non-major through private lessons, ensembles, and music courses. Approximately twenty percent of the total student body participates in some form of musical activity or private instruction, while many more enroll in the general interest courses.
The Hendrix Music Department is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Departmental facilities include eight teaching studios, 15 practice rooms, two large rehearsal halls, and the lovely 160-seat Reves Recital Hall. Staples Auditorium is equipped with a 3-manual, 40-rank Schantz organ and a nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano. A new Nichols and Simpson pipe organ was installed in Greene Chapel in the fall of 1997.
Each year the Hendrix College Special Events series, the Hendrix Murphy Foundation in Literature and Language, and the Music Department sponsor events of interest to music students and the general public. Recital series are supported by the Thompson Endowment Fund. Recent visitors include the Choir of Clare College (University of Cambridge, UK), Miami Quartet, Guarneri Quartet, and composers John Corigliano, Jennifer Higdon, Jennifer Koh, and Michael Torke. In addition, members of the music faculty regularly present solo and chamber music recitals. Little Rock’s proximity to the campus provides additional opportunities for students to attend musical performances
Private or group lessons are available to all students, regardless of background or major, in piano, organ, voice, strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion. Course credit and Odyssey credit may be earned. A nominal fee ($150 per semester for half-hour lessons weekly) is charged.
Music ensembles are open to all Hendrix students and perform regularly on campus in a variety of concert settings. Graduation credit and Odyssey credit may be earned through participation in the Choir, the Wind Ensemble (Band), and the Chamber Orchestra. No extra fees are charged for these credits.
The Music Department offers scholarships to both majors and non-majors. An audition is required and may be arranged through the Office of Admission.