Ensembles, Other Performance Opportunities, and Awards
Ensembles and auditions are described here -- see below for more information about other performance opportunities and Music Department awards.
In addition to concerts presented by the ensembles, students also have an opportunity to perform in several informal recitals each semester (“Music on a Friday Afternoon”, or MOFA). The Music Department presents these recitals throughout the year at 4:30 p.m. several Fridays each semester. All students taking lessons are encouraged to present single compositions or movements as they become ready for public performance. In this way students gain experience in performing in a relatively non-stressful environment, in trying out a movement or an entire composition before a junior or senior recital, or just for the pleasure of making music for one’s fellow students.
Music majors and all students receiving Applied Music scholarships are required to perform regularly on student recitals. Music majors with a Senior Emphasis in performance are required to participate in informal student recitals each semester during their junior and senior years.
All music majors are expected to attend all junior, senior, and informal student recitals.
The Music Department presents the following annual awards:
The Warren Composition Awards are presented to students who have demonstrated significant achievement in musical composition. The awards are named for Elinor Remick Warren, an American composer who was associated with Occidental College. Awards are given for both acoustic and electronic compositions. Submission of compositions occurs in the Spring semester.
The Peters Memorial Prize is presented to the student who, in the opinion of the Music Faculty, has done the most during the year to “advance the ideals and prestige of music on campus.”
The James F. and Marie E. English Award is a scholarship for lessons awarded to the most promising vocal student on the Occidental Campus.
The Warren and Peters prizes include cash awards and are awarded at the Music Department picnic held at the end of the Spring Semester. Auditions for the English Award are held near the end of the spring semester before the academic year in which the award is granted. Students who have won the English Award are ineligible for this award in future years.
The Marcia Hannah Farmer Award is a scholarship for lessons awarded to a promising voice student at Occidental.
- Contact: Wendy Clifford, senior administrative assistant, (323) 259-2785, Booth 205
- Contact: Irene Girton, department chair, (323) 259-2590, Booth 205