ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Music at Goucher?

Goucher’s music minor helps students follow their passion within music and connect that passion with other disciplines. A student can pair the music minor with any major in order to hone their skill and explore their journey as an artist. This interdisciplinary approach to music study allows students the opportunity to tailor the minor to their needs.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

Students study composition, music theory, musicianship, and music history while honing performance skills, instrumental and/or vocal. With exceptional and dedicated faculty, students are encouraged and challenged to see the world from new perspectives and develop their passions as artists. Courses use a 21st-century approach to help students find new ways to create and perform music, linking musical skills to students’ experience and interests.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

Vocal performance opportunities include the Goucher Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop, which presents staged opera and musical theatre scenes and full-length works, as well as the Goucher Choral Society and Chamber Singers, which perform multiple times a year, host a yearly choral festival, collaborate with many regional ensembles, and have performed at Carnegie Hall. Instrumental performance opportunities include the Goucher Jazz Ensemble, which performs concerts twice a year, and the Goucher College Orchestra, which performs its own programs, and joins in collaboration with other ensembles. In class, you will explore your creative side as you study music theory through composition, sharpen your musicianship skills, and discover the world’s musical traditions.

Course Curriculum


Program Contact

Kendall Kennison, Department Chair, Professor of Music, Bennett-Harwood Distinguished Professor

Full-Time Faculty

Kendall Kennison, Department Chair, Professor of Music, Bennett-Harwood Distinguished Professor

Michael Semancik, Assistant Professor, Director of Choirs and Orchestra

Part-Time Faculty

William "Donnie" Scally, Lecturer in Music

Andrew Stewart, Instructor of Music, Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop and Choral Accompanist,

Lisa Weiss, Professor Emerita, Piano and Basic Piano class 

Private Lesson Instructors

Timothy Anderson, Cello

Karen Bakkegard, Horn

Phil Bonsiero, Accordion

Wes Crawford, Percussion

Joel Michael-Schwartz, Mandolin

Terry Ewell, Bassoon

Mary Hamlin-Spencer, Organ

Heather Haughn, Violin

Edna Huang, Clarinet

Rhoda Jeng, Piano

Jake Kohlhas, Guitar

Mathew Lane, Piano

David LaVorgna, Flute

Nick Mazziott, Trombone

Shelia Nevius, Saxophone

Lindsay Nuesca, Voice

Michael Polonchak, Viola

Jacqueline Pollauf, Harp

Laura Russ, Bass

Lisa Weiss, Piano 

Study Abroad

Goucher College music minors use study abroad as an integral component of their studies. Some choose to pursue semester long programs that afford them the opportunity for fieldwork and research on topics of their interest. Others choose to participate in Goucher College Intensive Course Abroad (ICA) courses, sometimes in addition to semester long study. Many students work with research and ideas generated by their study abroad in subsequent study in Baltimore, in internships, and in their Capstone projects. Regardless of the type of program, students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study.

Office of Global Education

Opportunities & Internships


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Handshake — a website for job postings, events, resumes/cover letters, and career management.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 4+1 BA/MS Program

Goucher College and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School are offering Goucher students a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program. This 4+1 program combines a bachelor’s degree from Goucher with a master of science degree from Johns Hopkins in business analytics and risk management, information systems, health care management, finance, or marketing. Students can apply during their junior year. GRE or GMAT tests have been waived but applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and have passed some quantitative reasoning courses with a grade of B or better.