What You'll Learn

Our Bachelor of Arts in Music is a rigorous and comprehensive program that provides extensive instruction in technical music skills and interpretive and creative approaches to music within the context of a broad liberal arts curriculum.

Your musical skills will develop through studio instruction, ensemble participation, solo performance, study of supporting music courses, and a final capstone experience. Our central goals for you include developing competence and leadership in the major area of study and preparing you for a variety of careers in the field of music and for entry into graduate programs.

Career Opportunities

Music majors develop skills that are applicable to a wide variety of careers. Many employers specifically seek music majors because of the interpersonal and detail-oriented skills they develop. These skills include:

  • Arts and Entertainment – Music performance.
  • Education – Admissions, advising, student affairs, studio or private school teacher.
  • Business – Marketing, human resources, sales, arts production manager, publisher, editor.
  • Church Music – Accompanist, music director, adult or children’s choir director.
  • Continuing Education – Entry into graduate programs, including music, law, medicine, or other fields.

The Columbia College Difference

You may pursue large or small group vocal performance in one of our outstanding ensembles for academic credit:


The Columbia College Chorus is an open enrollment ensemble. No audition or experience is necessary in order to join. Members represent many different majors and areas of study across campus. This ensemble performs each semester in Chapel, and at the fall and spring choral concerts. Students who sing in Chorus have the opportunity to develop music literacy skills and basic vocal technique while studying music that represents a variety of cultures and time periods.

Concert Choir

The Columbia College Concert Choir is open to students by audition. Most music majors and minors are members of Concert Choir, as well as participants from other majors and areas. This ensemble performs each semester in Chapel and at the fall and spring choral concerts. Students who sing in Concert Choir have the opportunity to develop advanced music literacy skills and advanced vocal technique while studying music representing a variety of cultures and time periods.


The Hi-C’s are the Music Program’s smallest vocal ensemble. The focus of the group is vocal jazz, and the nine-voice ensemble is open to music students by audition during the fall semester. The group travels and represents Columbia College both on and off campus and functions as a professional ensemble in the community. In addition to performing for campus events, they carol during the holiday season and perform a dinner theater called Tapas during the spring semester.

Choral Clinic

Every fall semester Columbia College vocal students collaborate in order to host the annual Choral Clinic. Over sixty high school students visit our campus and stay with Columbia College students for this special weekend. The Clinic culminates in a performance at College Place United Methodist Church. In addition, students direct and produce opera scenes which are performed for participants, students, and faculty on the first evening of the CC Choral Clinic.

Every spring semester, the vocal music program produces a music theater production involving not only vocal music students, but students from other majors and areas, such as dance and theater.

Course Requirements

View major requirements including concentrations and electives for this program of study in our course catalog.

Undergraduate Course Catalog


Although an audition is not required for you to declare as a major, it is required before scholarship considerations are made. Music scholarships are highly competitive and are available to both incoming first-year and transfer students. Auditions are held annually for the following:

Music Scholarships

The J. Barnwell & Mary Blair Allison Scholarship
The Martha Danner Horne Scholarship
The Gail Wright Knight Music Scholarship
The E. Clyburn & Ruth Riddle Wilson Scholarship
The Stackhouse Scholarship
The Guthrie Darr Scholarship
The Kneece Scholarship
The Fair-Wall Scholarship
The Maymie C. & Mattye C. Allison Scholarship
The Crook-Witt M S & A Scholarship
The Holley, K Estate Scholarship
The Margarette Richards Scholarship
The Cornelia Freeman Music Scholarship
The Louella Gibson Music Scholarship
The Robyn Gibson Music Scholarship
The Lanny Palmer Music Scholarship
The James L. Caldwell Music Scholarship
The Richard Veale Music Scholarship

If you attend the Choral Clinic, you may choose to audition then. If not, you may register and attend one of our open audition dates.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Audition requirements for voice and keyboard:

Prepare two selections of a contrasting nature representing your very best effort. An accompanist will be provided by Columbia College. You may use taped accompaniments if necessary. Previously recorded auditions may be accepted via the registration form.

Audition requirements for instrumentalists:

Prepare two pieces that represent your most advanced playing ability.

As audition applications are received, students will be assigned audition times. All auditions will take place at 1:30 pm EST during Open House Dates. Prepare two selections of a contrasting nature that represent your very best effort. Auditions may be recorded and submitted via email to the Program Coordinator once a registration form has been completed.

No awards will be made until you have been officially accepted for admissions to Columbia College.