Welcome to the Fredonia School of Music!
Fredonia's School of Music has a strong history for excellence and distinction. The long-standing reputation of the music education program is a genuine point of pride, and the strengths in performance, composition, music therapy, sound recording, academics and musical theatre provide depth to our students' experiences. A student at Fredonia is able to learn and choose from a broad range of musical interests, making Fredonia one of the best places to enter professional training in music.
This is a small campus that is nurturing and supportive, and the music program here is comparatively large, providing a flavor for all of Fredonia. Concerts are presented in several venues on and off campus, rehearsals occur throughout every day, and creative activity such as composing and improvising are freely explored. We are dedicated to music making, and we are dedicated to students' development as musicians.
Fredonia's faculty is professionally engaged regionally, nationally and internationally—experience that they bring back to the classroom, the rehearsal or the lesson. Class sizes are kept small and inviting, and all students get to work with the leading professors of the School. This same faculty is involved in the community, helping to make Chautauqua County one of New York's cultural havens.
Mason Hall is home to the School of Music. It has evolved with the needs of students, and it is now a multifaceted building with a variety of rehearsal rooms, classrooms, office/studios, practice rooms, labs and gathering spaces. The computer and keyboard labs are frequently upgraded, new technology is added to the classrooms, and the facilities are modified or expanded. Just in the past few years, new performance spaces, offices, and rehearsal rooms were added to Mason Hall. One of our newer additions, a state-of-the-art recording studio, offers the flexibility to work on projects within the studio, to record musicians in the adjacent live rooms, and to make high quality recordings of events occurring in the performance halls in Mason and elsewhere on campus.
Diers Recital Hall, part of the original building, is used for concerts, lectures, master classes and rehearsals. The newer, larger Rosch Recital Hall is a magnificent space in which students, faculty and guest artists perform concerts for the campus and the public. Next door is the Rockefeller Arts Center, which houses the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Department of Visual Art and New Media, an art gallery, multiple theatres and the grand, 1,200-seat King Concert Hall. With these facilities and collaborative partners, we have a suitable performance space for nearly any type of concert or production. Other venues also exist in the community, most notably the 1891 Opera House on the Square.
Choosing Fredonia links you to an illustrious list of alumni. The first person was placed on that list in 1889, and it has grown in quantity and significance ever since. The beautiful campus is an ideal environment for your training and development, and the faculty is focused on the student. Visit us and get to know us, and you’re likely to agree.
Dr. Karl Boelter, Director