Since music pervades society, the Department of Music seeks to increase students' awareness of the musical world and influence their cultural lives through critical listening and active participation in music making. The music department offers a full range of courses including music theory and music history/literature as well as performing ensembles for every interest. Ensembles include concert choir, Cumbelaires, Madrigal singers, concert band, jazz ensemble, Red Raider Marching Band, brass and woodwind chamber ensembles, and the University-Community Orchestra. Each year, nearly 300 students and faculty members perform for local audiences as well as throughout the United States and abroad. Students representing virtually all degree programs take time out of their busy schedules to participate in Shippensburg's music ensembles for the sheer enjoyment of making music.
The Bennie S. Truax Award
The Bennie S. Truax Scholarship Fund was established on April 30, 1995, by members of the Shippensburg University Marching Band at a surprise party held for Dr. Truax at the time of his retirement. Bennie served as Director of Bands at Ship from August 1971 to May 1995. Involving the musicians, as well as the majorette, pom, guard, and rifle squads, he established a structure for self-governance within the organization and its members. This award is given to a senior that has been a staff member for a minimum of two years and made an outstanding contribution to the band. Recipient must demonstrate leadership and dedications through their activities in the marching and/or concert band. Recipient must have earned 90 or more credits PRIOR to start of the academic year for which the scholarship is selected. Recipient must have minimum overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Recipient must demonstrate good character and citizenship.