Music Department

Why study music at Fort Lewis College

Whether you're looking for a career in music or just want to deepen your appreciation of music, you'll find what you want and more in the Fort Lewis College Music Department. Fort Lewis College is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and we offer tuition scholarships for qualified Music majors.

Degrees in Jazz Studies, Music Business, Music Performance, Music Education, and General Music let you pursue your passions while preparing you to succeed in today's musical world as a performer, educator, promoter, or producer. And our small classes mean you get an individualized attention from our expert faculty.

We also believe that the best learning is by doing. That's why we have quality and popular concert venues on campus. The 600-seat Community Concert Hall is one the largest live-performance halls in the region, hosting campus, local, regional, and national music and dance acts. The Jan Carl Roshong Recital Hall is an intimate performance setting featuring frequent student and faculty recitals, and master classes with professionals and visiting performers.

More reasons to study music at Fort Lewis College

Outstanding instruction
The FLC music faculty possess the highest level of performance abilities and teaching skills. These artist teachers are unequaled by any comparable institution in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Commitment to undergraduate education
As an undergraduate institution, FLC's main objective is to provide the finest possible instruction to all students from their freshmen through senior years. You will never find a course taught by a graduate assistant.

Creative environment
Fort Lewis College and Durango are magnets for arts-oriented activities. From the Durango Fine Arts Festival to the Four Corners Opera; from the Durango Literature Conference to the many galleries in the historic downtown district, this scenic mountain city and college encourage and inspire high artistic achievement.

Exciting ensembles
Fort Lewis musical ensembles provide the medium to challenge each student's developing musical skills.

Academic Options in Music


View our exciting line up of upcoming Concerts and Recitals!


Brass Summit:
October 1-2, 2013 with the Canadian Brass!

Honor Choir:
November 14, 2013
November 13, 2014
November 12, 2015

Honors String Orchestra:
November 18, 2013 - Andrea Meyers, Cellist - Guest Conductor/Clinician
November 17, 2014
November 16, 2015

Select Band Clinic:
February 7 & 8, 2014 with Julie Giroux
February 6 & 7, 2015
February 5 & 6, 2016

Jazz Festival:
March 6, 2014, Christian McBride
March 5, 2015
March 3, 2016

Southwest Colorado Day of Percussion: March 1, 2014, Ted Atkatz

Clarinet Day
March 8, 2014, Timothy Phillips


How to become a Music Major at Fort Lewis College...

1. Schedule an audition: call 970-247-7243.

2. Prepare the following for your audition:

  • Scales
  • Technical Exercises
  • Two Contrasting Solo Pieces

Note: for Percussion Audition Requirements click here.

3. Take the Theory Placement Test. (prep resource)

4. Enroll in the following courses:

  • Applied Lessons
  • MU 128 - Theory and Musicianship I
  • A major ensemble (Band, Concert Choir, or Orchestra)
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