• Students with Afro-Brazilian band Olodum during a J Term abroad
  • Hartwick music students in rehearsal
  • Hartwick music students perform at Plains Parish for holidays
  • Hartwick music students perform at Pathfinder Village for holidays

Check Us Out

Your on-campus experience includes:

  • An interview with a faculty member
  • Aural skills and written theory evaluation
  • Music department facilities tour
  • A performance evaluation 

To schedule your visit & evaluation

Complete this information form (Upon receiving this form, you will be contacted by the Music Department.)

Send in the following materials

  • One letter of recommendation from someone familiar with your musical abilities
  • Vocalists - A high-quality copy of your audition music for our accompanist  

  (Department of Music, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY 13820 OR Fax: 607.431.4813.)

Prepare your music

Instrumentalists and vocalists should choose at least three musical works from different stylistic periods.  (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, 19th century, or 20th century).

For vocalists, at least one work should be in a language other than English. 

Your day on campus

Please arrive one hour prior to your scheduled visit to allow time for warm-up, meeting with your accompanist, and to get comfortable.

Please allow two hours for your visit.

Full campus tours are available upon request..  The Office of Admissions holds numerous days on campus and open houses.  Be sure to check them out!


The Department of Music application process is separate from the Hartwick College general admissions application.

Scholarships and Incentives

Competitive scholarships are available for entering students majoring in Music and Music Education who possess strong performance and musicianship skills. Need-based scholarships in the amount of $500 to $5,000 awarded in the first year are renewable during your tenure as a Hartwick music major. These scholarships are determined by the Financial Aid Office based on the Department of Music's  recommendation following your audition and interview. Scholarship applicants must also be successfully admitted to the College.  

There are numerous scholarships for matriculated music students.


Jamie Rubino Planan '99

Jamie Rubino Planan '99

Hartwick prepared me for my career by providing me with sound fundamental music skills.

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