Music Program

Why study Music at Saint Mary's College?

Saint Mary’s Music Program is unique because majors and non-majors enjoy outstanding ensemble activity and private lessons from some of the Bay Area’s finest teachers and gifted performers.

Our curriculum focuses on development of the whole musician, guiding each student to strive for excellence and realize their full potential. With small class sizes (student-to-teacher of 5:1) throughout program, major and non-majors alike see exponential growth and development, and enjoy an enviable number of performance opportunities. Auditions for ensembles occur at the beginning and end of each term – all ensemble members qualify for private lessons. See below for specific ensemble details.

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Award-Winning and Critically-Acclaimed Faculty, include…

Martin Rokeach, Composer (honored with over a dozen national and international awards); Lino Rivera, Concert Pianist; Julie Ford, Conductor (two Gold Medals, International Competitions); John Maltester, Jazz Band & Wind Symphony Director (Awarded “Outstanding Music Educator” by California Music Educators Association),  Adam Luftman, Principal Trumpet, San Francisco Opera Orchestra; Donald Kennelly, Trombonist with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra; Mike Williams, Jazz Guitarist, and more...