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Ben Hawkins, Professor of Music;  Program Director

Mitchell Fine Arts Center, Transylvania University 
300 North Broadway Lexington, KY 40508-1797

Phone: (859) 233-8141


For instrumental auditions, contact Ben Hawkins.
For vocal auditions, contact Brittany Benningfield.
For piano auditions, contact Greg Partain.
For composition auditions, contact Larry Barnes.
For music technology auditions, contact Timothy Polashek.

The Transylvania music program offers thorough training for music majors and minors as part of a great liberal arts education. Whether you choose applied music, music technology or music education, you’ll receive extensive voice or instrument training enhanced by a comprehensive grounding in theory, history and ensemble performance.

An education in music at Transylvania gives students a degree of breadth, both within and beyond music, that prepares them unusually well for a variety of music careers. In particular it affords our students problem-solving skills that are not as fully nurtured in the typical music major elsewhere.

Ben Hawkins, professor of music 

Small classes provide an intimate learning experience, and students benefit from one-on-one instruction and state-of-the-art technology. It’s no surprise, then, that Transylvania music majors fare extremely well in graduate programs and in the job market.

If you plan to actively participate in our music program regardless of major, you can audition for a four-year music scholarship.

Transylvania’s unique four-week May term provides an ideal time for choir and concert band tours as well as travel courses to Austria, New York City and other destinations. The best part—you’ll receive course credit.

Transylvania gives private lessons in voice and all standard band and orchestra instruments to students, regardless of major. Unlike at other institutions, these lessons are offered free of charge to music majors and minors.

The music minor is one of the most popular on campus. Like other minors, it may be compatible with any major emphasis. Students from all Transylvania disciplines pursue the music minor as a rewarding way to heighten performance and analytical skills, participate in musical activities, and continue their previous experiences with ensembles and music lessons.

Transylvania offers students many opportunities to showcase their talents. You don’t have to be a music major to join an ensemble, either.

Positions Our Graduates Have Held

Public and private school teachers
Music professors, Davidson College and Southern Methodist University
Professional harpist, Richmond, Va.
Performer, alternative rock and computer sound synthesis
Church musician
Television news reporter
Medical doctor

Opportunities in the Major

Chamber Orchestra
Concert Band
Jazz Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble
Transylvania Choir
Opera/Music Theater Workship
Pioneer Voices Men’s Chorus
Transylvania Singers Women’s Chorus
TBA (a cappella group)

Courses of Special Interest

Audio Recording Technology
History of Jazz and Rock Music (with travel to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
Excursions into Non-Western Music
Introduction to Music Technology
Music Theater Workshop
Opera Workshop

Where Our Graduates Have Studied

Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Colorado State University
Florida State University
Vanderbilt University
Southern Illinois University
The Ohio State University
University of Arizona
University of Kentucky
University of Tennessee

Possible Career Options

Arts administrator
Recording engineer
Producer/audio technical

Semester Study Abroad Opportunities

Czech Republic
New Zealand

These GlobalTransy programs have at least three courses related to the major.

Interested in studying abroad for a summer? Take a look at our summer study abroad opportunities.