Nestled in the lesser known Laughlin building at Chatham University—James Laughlin Music Hall—is a music program that hits all of the right notes. Thanks to ample performance opportunities, private instruction from Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra members, and music-specific scholarships, our musical students flourish. We caught up with three students to gain some insight into their Chatham experience:
What made you choose Chatham’s music program? It was a lot more diverse than programs at other universities. Chatham’s program lets students explore other areas of interest all while taking core music classes like music theory, music history, and applied lessons in your instrument. For example, I am a double major in music and psychology. I have found that being able to study both of these disciplines while being here has helped me to explore what it is I would like to do with my life. This program is one of a kind, thanks to the attention paid to the student and the smaller class sizes. These factors make the program perfect for anyone looking to study music.
What instrument(s) do you play? I am a Ruud Scholar (music scholar) at Chatham. I have a concentration in vocal performance.
What experience has been a highlight of your music education at Chatham so far? I have had amazing opportunities at Chatham. I have worked with talented and knowledgeable professors, and had opportunities to perform in places only the pros get to. I’ve also been offered hands-on learning opportunities throughout my time here. I would say those experiences are the highlight of my music education here.