The band program consists of the Wind Symphony, the Symphony Band, and the Bullets Marching Band. The Wind Symphony and Symphony Band perform at Gettysburg's Majestic Theatre, as well as at other venues in the area; the 130-member Bullets Marching Band performs at all home football games and other musical events. The marching band is known as The Pride of the Centennial Conference and with good reason.
For those who wish to use their voice as an instrument, the choral program provides opportunities for singers with varying degrees of expertise and experience and includes three main ensembles - College Choir, Concert Choir, Women's Choir, and Camerata, a vocal chamber ensemble.
For those more drawn to the cool sounds of jazz, the Conservatory offers the Jazz Ensemble. This group is an auditioned ensemble of 18 to 20 students, playing all styles of jazz -- swing, Latin, fusion, bop and standards from the Big Band Era. The Jazz Ensemble has performed at jazz festivals around the campus and around the world.
The Symphony Orchestra performs a wide variety of masterpieces of orchestral music, from the Baroque period through the present. Orchestra also provides a platform for student soloists through its annual Concerto Competition.
The Percussion Ensemble rehearses and performs at the historic Majestic Theater. The group presents its own performances, while also performing in partnership with the Jazz Ensemble on occasion - resulting in a spirited combination of music literature.
The Sunderman Conservatory of Music devotes itself to the development of the art of music in the lives of the campus and broader community by blending excellent, comprehensive musical training with Gettysburg College's strengths as one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges.
Music-the traditions of classical, jazz, and world musics working side-by-side and crossing boundaries-provides the lens through which students achieve a rich, well-rounded education. The Conservatory offers a wide range of music opportunities for its majors and minors and for those majoring in other fields who are interested in having music as an important part of their lives. It is our belief that the whole person can be fostered through the transforming and transcendent power of music.
A program of rigorous study in specialized music disciplines, coupled with a core curriculum in music theory, history, and literature, not only prepares music majors for distinction as performers, scholars, and teachers but also inspires success in a broad array of potential career choices.
Three degrees- Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music in Performance, and Bachelor of Science in Music Education-are offered, as is a minor in music.
A successful audition and a music theory placement assessment are required for acceptance into the music major and minor programs.