Music and Theatre


Music provides opportunities for all students to be involved with musical performances on campus.  The mission of Music at Rhodes College is to serve as a catalyst for life-long learning and appreciation for music. Our mission is to generate a comprehensive, diverse, flexible program of excellence in music, appealing to students of all walks of life at the college. Our intention is to help students develop aural, analytical and aesthetic intelligences and abilities, and prepare them for professional careers and/or graduate work in music, as desired. Our purpose is to create true appreciators of music as an art form and discipline, and to facilitate the human and spiritual growth of all who connect and engage with the department, whether by participating or observing. The mission, goals and curricular offerings of the Department of Music are consistent with the standards of the National Association of the Schools of Music [NASM].


Theatre provides opportunities for all students to be involved with theatrical performances on campus.  Theatre courses are open to the student body, and the McCoy Theatre's formal productions offer students in all disciplines opportunities to act, design, manage, and build.

Theatre offers courses that develop students’ analytic, performance, and production skills.  Students pursuing a major or a minor in theatre study theatre history, performance theory, acting, and design, and have opportunities to study directing, voice and movement, dramatic literature, and theatrical performance across cultures. The McCoy Theatre, which opened in 1982, operates under the direction of Theatre faculty.  The McCoy Theatre mounts formal productions and hosts several other performances each year, including staged readings, one-acts, and performances and workshops of guest artists.

Becoming a Major in Music

Students intending to major in music are required to pass an audition on their principal instrument. This audition will take place during the semester jury/exam, which can be as early as their first semester of study, but is recommended to occur no later than mid-sophomore year. They must complete a Declaration of Major form which includes: an outline of their proposed course of study, an essay which details why they wish to major in music, and consultation with their academic advisor.

Sophomore-Year Review

Music majors are required to undergo a sophomore-year review. This review includes assessment of all previous juries (at least three semesters of study on their principal instrument) and an interview with full-time music faculty which will take place in February of the student’s sophomore year. This review helps assess academic and artistic progress and helps focus direction for the remainder of their undergraduate studies in music.