Department of Music | Mount Allison

Department of Music

The Department of Music is the leading destination for music study in the Maritimes, enabling students to develop into well-rounded musicians with experience in performance, theory, music history, and music education, as well as a sound basis in the liberal arts. The Department offers a Bachelor of Music degree, as well as a Major in Music (Bachelor of Arts) and Minor in Music.

Apply now for admission to the Bachelor of Music program.

Upcoming Events

JAN. 19

Colloquium Musicum: "On Musicalities of Line." This talk examines conceptions of melodic line in two Sinitic opera traditions—黄梅戏 huangmei opera and 歌仔戲 kua-a opera.  Their unique structural features are discussed alongside ethnographic and historical insights to reveal the aesthetic commitments that undergird notions of linearity and melodic invention within these communities. Presented by Anna Yu Wang (Harvard University). Online via Zoom, 4:00 p.m.

JAN. 21

Faculty Recital: “Across the Waves”. Stephen Runge (piano). Brunton, 7:30 p.m. POSTPONED

JAN. 23

Faculty and Guest Recital: “Romance and Reflection.” Nicole Strum (saxophone) and Magdalena Von Eccher (piano). Brunton, 3:00 p.m. POSTPONED

JAN. 26

Colloquium Musicum: “Fearful Murmurs: Sonic Responses to the Ottoman Other.” The fleeting victory at the Battle of Lepanto (1571) left Europe, and in particular the Austrian Habsburg Empire, to renewed psychic struggle against the persistent presence and relentless incursions of the powerful Ottoman Empire. This talk explores the sonic responses of the Habsburgs to the Ottomans, including the ringing of bells to ward off Turkish spirits, the performance of sacred motets making fervent pleas to the Virgin Mary for protection and intercession, and the singing of secular songs – popular tunes with anti-Turkish texts. Presented by Dr. Linda Pearse. Online via Zoom, 4:00 p.m.

Welcome to the Department of Music.

Music has been an important part of the curriculum and community at Mount Allison since the first Certificate in Music was awarded in 1874, more than 140 years ago.

The Music department offers programs and courses for every level of interest, from the Bachelor of Music degree to the BA major in music and the minor in music.

We welcome students in other programs to take music elective courses and to join in our ensembles, and more information about all of these opportunities can be found on this site. Whatever your level of experience, we hope you will become a part of our vibrant musical and scholarly community on campus!

Contact Us and Keep in Touch

We invite members of the community to stay in touch with us by joining our e-mail list. Please write to to be added to our mailing list, or to inquire about anything related to the Department. The Music Administrative Office can also be reached by phone at (506) 364-2374.

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