Dear Class of 2026, New Student Orientation 2022 will be in-person on campus beginning on Monday, 8/22, and through Sunday, 8/28.

Move-in Day and Check-in will be on Monday, 8/22 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Student and Family Resource Fair will be during that time frame as well, and the President's Welcome to Families/Friends will be at 3 p.m.

Please regularly visit this webpage for details over the next month and also check your Vassar email.

Be well,
Dean Herrera, Dean Inoa and Dean Maragh Taylor

New Student Orientation Schedule Fall 2022

Monday, August 22

8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.: Move-In*

Welcome to Vassar! Pull up to your House to move into your room. Keys, IDs and complimentary family meal vouchers will be available inside your dorm. Our House Teams have been eagerly awaiting your arrival and will help you move your belongings. After moving in, stay tuned for later activities. (Core Event)

9:00 a.m. Opening of Music Audition Sign-up Forms

9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.: Resource Fair
Location: Bridge for Laboratory Sciences
(South Atrium, North Atrium, and Patio)

After checking in, bring your parents/family to learn about various resources at Vassar College. Students, please stop to pick up your academic advising folders. Parents/Family, please pick up a Family Welcome Folder. (Core Event)

8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.: Student and Family Meal
Location: Food Truck in College Center Circle, Express in College Center or Gordon Commons

Proceed to Gordon Commons, Express, or the Food Truck for a meal--on us.

1p.m.–1:30 p.m.: First Year Student Athlete Welcome—Families
Location: Villard Room 

All first-year student-athletes and their families are invited to participate in an information session with Michelle Walsh, Director of Athletics & Physical Education. Families of students considering trying out for any varsity or varsity club team(s) are also welcome. Topics of discussion will include an overview of the sports programs, participation requirements, and resources for student-athletes and families. The session will conclude with an open question and answer period.

2:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: First Group Meeting (OLs and SFs)
Location: Various/Homerooms

Fellow groups will be together in groups led by your Orientation Leader. Meet with your Orientation Leader to learn more about the Orientation schedule and get to know some of your classmates, along with the Orientation staff. (Core Event)

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: President’s Welcome (Family & Friends)
Location: Chapel

Join us for a special welcome from President Elizabeth Bradley, Dean of the Faculty William Hoynes, Dean of the College Carlos Alamo, and Vassar Student Association President Julian Aguilar.

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.: Reception and Family & Friends Farewell
Location: Chapel Lawn

Gather on the Chapel Lawn for refreshments and to meet administrators from various campus offices.

 It's time to say farewell! This is the last event during orientation for families and friends.

5:00 p.m.–6:15 p.m.: Student Fellow Group Meal
Location: Houses

Every new student is placed in a Student Fellow group, a vibrant Vassar tradition, to support you in your holistic transition into college life. Meet up with your Student Fellow and the other new students in your group for the first time. Please proceed to the Gordon Commons in accordance with the rotation schedule. (Core Event)

6:15 p.m.–9:15 p.m.: We Are Here Tour
Location: TBD

Meet your Orientation Leader and your Student Fellow to start a tour around campus where you will learn about Vassar’s unique history. (Core Event)

Tuesday, August 23

7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.: Breakfast
Location: Gordon Commons

Proceed to Gordon Commons for breakfast.

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.: President’s Welcome (Students)
Location: Chapel

Join us for a special welcome from President Elizabeth Bradley, Dean of the Faculty William Hoynes, Dean of the College Carlos Alamo, and Vassar Student Association President Julian Aguilar. (Core Event)

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.: General Academic Advising
Location: Chapel

The Dean of Studies, the Dean First-Year Students will review the basic information all first-year students need to complete the registration process and offer strategies for constructing a course schedule that reflects the goals of a liberal arts college. Students will also be given an overview of how to use Ask Banner to access the online schedule of classes as well as their schedules and transcripts. Students should bring their Orientation folder with them to this meeting. (Core Event)

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Apps to Live By
Location: Rocky 200 

Discover and explore resources that promote productivity, reduce distraction, and strengthen study skills. Share what works for you! This workshop touches on executive function, academics, and wellness.

12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.: Lunch & Wellness Break
Location: Gordon Commons

Proceed to Gordon Commons for lunch.

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Group Meeting with Pre-Major Advisor
Location: TBD

Make your way to your pre-major advisor’s office and arrive by 2:00p.m.. In your Orientation folder, you will find a letter from the Dean of First-Year Students identifying who your pre-major advisor is and where to find them. At this meeting, your advisor will give you your preliminary fall schedule (the results of your summer pre-registration) and answer any questions you may have about the registration process. Your advisor will also offer advice about selecting the additional courses you need to complete your schedule. Your advisor may also discuss some important aspects of academic life at Vassar, including the transition from high school to college; expectations for class attendance, laboratories, and the submission of written work; examination policies; and academic integrity. If you need help finding your advisor’s office, ask your Student Fellow for directions or stop by the Dean of First-Year Students Office (Main North, Room 128). (Core Event)

3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.: Speak About It & Culture of Consent
Location: Homerooms/Villard Room

Speak About It: This thought-provoking virtual performance offers a frank and fun approach to the topic of consent, using skits, monologues, and interactive dialogue to spark conversation about what healthy sex can and should look like. Based on true stories, Speak About It addresses topics including consent, sexual assault, and how students can intervene as empowered bystanders to confront gender-based violence. Content warning: This session discusses themes of sexual and gender-based violence. (Core Event)

Culture of Consent: Consent is an essential component in both sexual and non-sexual relationships. With your orientation homeroom, you will explore what it means to ask for consent in a variety of contexts and what the standard of "affirmative consent" feels like in practice. Together, we can support each other in building a culture founded in practicing affirmative, enthusiastic consent that honors our various desires, centers all participants' autonomy and agency, and moves us toward liberatory, joyful relationships. (Core Event)

5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.: Dinner & Wellness Break
Location: Gordon Commons

Meet up with your Fellow Group and join them for dinner at the Gordon Commons.

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.: Student Growth & Engagement Open House/Affinity Center Receptions
Location: ALANA Center (near Admissions), LGBTQ+ Center (CC213), OIS Lounge (CC237), Transitions Lounge (Josselyn 234), Women’s Center (CC235)

Come and see what Student Growth & Engagement (SGE) is all about! Learn more about the ALANA Center,  The Transitions Program, the Office of International Students/Scholars, the LGBTQ+ Center, Women’s Center, and what to expect out of your First Year Experience!

8:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.: House Team Meetings
Location: Varies

8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.: 
9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.:

Meet the House Fellow (live-in faculty member), House Advisor (live-in residential education administrator), and House Team (upperclass students)  in your House! The House Fellow, House Advisor, and House Team each play significant roles in the develop.m.ent of the House’s community, maintaining health and wellness, and infusing learning into our living environments. Say hi and get to know these important residential resources! (Core Event)

Wednesday, August 24

7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.: Breakfast
Location: Gordon Commons

Proceed to Gordon Commons for breakfast.

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Faculty Presentations
Location: Varies

Wondering what your professors will be like? Curious about a subject you’ve never studied before? This is your chance to find out. Members of Vassar’s faculty will give informal talks about their current research. 

12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.: Lunch & Wellness Break
Location: Gordon Commons

Proceed to Gordon Commons for lunch.

2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: Varsity Sport GI
Location: Rocky 312, 310, and 307

Interested in participating in a club sport, recreational org or intramurals? Join us to learn more about opportunities to join intramurals, rugby, rowing, frisbee, Quidditch, ski team, archery and sailing to name a few.

3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.: We Are Here Stories from Peers
Location: Homerooms/Villard Room

This We Are Here series is sponsored by the Student Growth & Engagement (SGE) team and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices (RSLCP). This event begins with Ted-style talks by featured Vassar speakers. (Core Event)

5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.: Dinner & Wellness Break
Location: Gordon Commons

Meet up with your Fellow Group and join them for dinner at the Gordon Commons.

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.: One Less
Location: Homerooms

During this program you will engage in an open dialogue with wellness peer educators, student EMTs, and Orientation Leaders to learn more about One Less. One Less is an alcohol education program: choosing One Less can have positive effects on your academics and your health. Whatever your reasons are, join the conversation with the WPEs, EMTs and our Orientation Leaders to learn about One Less.

8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.: RSLCP Open House
Location: Pratt House, the Bayit, and the Chapel

Join Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices for a fun, relaxed night at the newly renovated home for RSLCP in Pratt House and some of our office’s related spaces. You will have the opportunity to speak with student leaders from all of our RSLCP student groups and explore many of our campus spaces including Pratt, the Bayit (our home for Jewish life), and the Chapel (where you’ll get to experience the new digital carillon). Whether you have an established religious/spiritual/contemplative practice, are looking to explore, or are an avowed non-practitioner we’d love to connect with you!

9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.: Lantern Walk
Location: Library Lawn

Pause for a moment among illuminated paper lanterns as we transition to campus communal life. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices.

Thursday, August 25

7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.: Breakfast
Location: Gordon Commons

Proceed to Gordon Commons for breakfast.

9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.: Music Advanced Course Placement
Location: Room 205, Skinner Hall

Any student wishing to take MUSI 105 must take an Entrance Exam, a 2-minute online exam which simply verifies that a student can identify pitches in treble and bass clef. If a student cannot fluently read treble/bass clef, then MUSI 101 is the best class to start with. The Entrance exam is available online

An Advanced Placement Exam is offered for students who think they might be eligible to test out of MUSI 105 (directly into MUSI 106 in Spring semester). This exam expects outstanding proficiency in four-part writing and voice-leading, harmonic (roman numeral) analysis, and figured-bass realization. The exam will take place on Tuesday, August 23 from 9 a.m.–11:30 a.m., in Skinner Hall room 205. You may email Professor Motazedian if you have any questions.

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: AP Course Placement, Auditions, Track Advising, etc.
Location: Department and Program Offices

Representatives from all academic departments and programs will be available for individual consultations. If you are not sure which math or language course is right for you, or if you received a 4 or a 5 on an AP exam (or equivalent IB or A-level examination) and want to take an intermediate-level course, or if you are interested in a special permission (SP) course such as music lessons, this is the time to get the information and/or permissions you need. Be sure to bring your registration form with you.

See below for locations and descriptions

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (please choose one): Fall 2022 Choral/Voice Lesson Information Sessions
Location: Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

All students interested in singing in the choirs (Women’s Chorus, Mixed Chorus, Chamber Singers) or auditioning for voice lessons should attend one of these sessions. There will be a short presentation followed by Q&A.

12:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: Lunch & Wellness Break
Location: Gordon Commons

Proceed to Gordon Commons for lunch.

12:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: Individual Meetings with Pre-Major Advisors
Location: Varies

Now that you’ve had a chance to reflect on your choice of courses and to obtain information and advice on placement, you will meet again with your advisor to discuss your schedule in detail and complete it by adding and, if necessary, dropping courses. At this time, you will also be able to add any intermediate or advanced courses that were not included in the summer pre-registration, except for special permission courses that require the instructor’s signature (these can be added during the first two weeks of classes). Since there may not be space in some of the classes you have chosen, you should discuss alternative selections with your advisor and put them down on your form. At the end of your meeting, your advisor will sign your registration form, signifying that you have consulted with them. Note: Do not leave your advisor’s office before they sign your form! You cannot register for classes on Thursday or Friday without a completed and signed form. (Core Event)

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Thrive
Location: Homerooms/Villard Room

Meet your Vassar College Counseling Service (VCCS) team and have fun practicing their top 10 tips for supporting your mental health and well being.

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.: Life Mapping: Resources for When Life Happens at Vassar
Location: Homerooms

Join your Orientation Leader for a guided reflective activity to learn how to check in with different facets of your life, and what resources are available on campus to support you when life happens.

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.: We Are Here Conversations & Stories with Fellow Group
Location: Houses

The We Are Here series offers us an opportunity to build relationships with one another around the shared experience of starting our journey at Vassar together. We will get to know one another by listening and sharing about who we are. This session celebrates the present moment, honors where we’ve come from, and asks us about our paths ahead. (Core Event)

6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.: Arlington amble
Location: Raymond Ave, Collegeview Ave, Farmer’s Market, Alumnae House

The Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College (AAVC) welcomes you to enjoy a Vassar Devil, a signature dessert, up at Alumnae House! Move on to the fabulous Arlington Farmers’ Market. Then explore your new neighborhood in your student fellow groups. Head on to Raymond Avenue with its bevy of coffee shops, delis, restaurants, and stores you need to know about. Find out which Arlington merchants accept VCash.

6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.: Dinner & Wellness Break
Location: Gordon Commons

Meet up with your Fellow Group and join them for dinner at the Gordon Commons.

8:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.: Activity Night
Location: Old Bookstore, Fitness Center, the Loeb Sculpture Garden

OLs host some activities, Fitness Center open with classes, Game Night with SLW, Coffeehouse @ The Loeb, etc.

Friday, August 26

7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.: Breakfast
Location: Gordon Commons

Proceed to Gordon Commons for breakfast.

8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.: Course Registration
Location: CC-MPR

All entering students must come to the CCMPR (2nd floor) to finalize their schedules for the fall semester with a representative from the Office of the Registrar. Students register at specific times on Thursday or Friday based on the number of units for which they were pre-registered and on a random draw number. The time for your registration is printed on your registration form. Don’t forget to bring your registration form, signed by your advisor, with you!

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.: Matriculation Book Signing and Voter Registration
Location: 
Matriculation Book Signing- President’s House/Patio
Voter Registration- Outside the CCMPR

Matriculation Book Signing: Visit with the President and/or a member of the senior team to sign the Matriculation Book! It is our oldest tradition. Students have been signing this book since 1865. Signing this book signifies that you are an official candidate for a degree at Vassar College and a member of our community. (Core Event)

Voter Registration: One last stop after you've registered for classes! Students from Democracy Matters will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about voting/voter registration and absentee ballots. The Vassar Votes team will help you register to vote either in Poughkeepsie or your hometown. Please have your state ID and social security number ready to ease the registration process. If you have any questions or concerns, please email VassarVotes@Vassar.edu

8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.: Campus Resource Exploration
Location: Villard Room

You’ve heard from a lot of different people and learned about all of the magnificent resources offered at Vassar, but where are they? Pick up your Passport in the Villard Room and go on a tour with one of our Orientation Staff Members to the different locations throughout campus. At each stop, you’ll get a stamp. When you return, exchange your completed resource passport for an entry to a raffle and a resource guideline.

Violin Auditions: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Skinner Hall, Room 400

Sign-up for an audition in advance by filling out the Violin Audition Google Form. The form will open on Monday, August 22, 2022. For questions about violin auditions or lessons, please contact Marka Young.

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Deans, Dogs, and Drinks
Location:
President’s Lawn Tent

Get to know members of the Dean of College Team. Stop by the tent to learn a bit about how we support students and build community and grab a cold beverage…and pet some therapy dogs while you’re at it!

12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.: Lunch & Wellness Break
Location: Gordon Commons

Proceed to Gordon Commons for lunch.

1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: VMSA Prayers
Location: Pratt House

Want to learn more about being Muslim and Islam on campus? Curious about Islam? Come take part in our weekly Friday prayer or just observe. Yummy Halal food, upperclassmen with great advice for college, and meeting other first years. We are an inclusive community and love people from all backgrounds. 

5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.: Dinner & Wellness Break
Location: Gordon Commons

Meet up with your Fellow Group and join them for dinner at the Gordon Commons.

5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.: Shabbat Crawl
Location: Chabad House on Fulton (94 Fulton Ave) and The Bayit (51 Collegeview Ave)

Shabbat shalom! Come get a taste of Jewish Life at Vassar with Chabad Jewish Community and Vassar Jewish Union during our First Year Shabbat Crawl. We'll begin with a Shabbat dinner and hang out time at Chabad House on Fulton at 5:30 p.m.. We'll then walk together to the Bayit for an inclusive and fun student-led Shabbat service starting around 7:00 p.m. followed by dessert and more hang out time at the Bayit. At 5:15 p.m. We will have students ready to meet you on campus and walk with you to Chabad House. Get in touch with Rabbi Bryan bryanmann@vassar.edu for more details. 

9:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.: Movie Night on the Quad
Location: Residential Quad

Saturday, August 27

8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.: Brunch
Location: Gordon Commons

10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Brunch with Live Music
Location: TBD

11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.: Explore Poughkeepsie
Location: Main Circle

Join us for an opportunity to explore Poughkeepsie! We have three off-campus options to satisfy everyone's interests. For the shopper, there is a trip to the Poughkeepsie Galleria so you can pick up some last-minute school supplies. For the nature-lover, check out our walk over to the Preserve and enjoy some of the beauty we have to offer in our city of trees (these tours go from 12-3). Finally, if you like a little sightseeing and art with nature, enjoy a trip to the Walkway Over the Hudson, a walking bridge that takes you from Poughkeepsie to Highland.

Meet the Bus/Van at the North lot.

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Guitar Auditions
Location: Skinner Hall, Room 325

Sign-up for an audition in advance by filling out the Guitar Audition Google Form. The form will open on Monday, August 22, 2022.

For questions about guitar auditions or lessons, please contact Trevor Babb.

12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: We Are Here Tour
Location: Meet in front of Main

Meet your Orientation Leader and your Student Fellow to start a tour around campus where you will learn about Vassar’s unique history. (Core Event)

Tours leave every 20 minutes (12:00, 12:20, 12:40, 1:00, 1:20, etc.)

Meet at the tent on the President's lawn.

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Voice Lesson Auditions
Location: Martel Recital Hall

Voice lessons involve the study of the bel canto tradition in singing, with a focus predominantly on classical

vocal repertoire and technique. Auditions are competitive. Sign up for an audition in advance by filling out the Voice Lesson Audition Google Form. The form will open Monday, August 22, 2022. Students are encouraged to prepare one classical vocal piece in any language, preferably memorized. Please bring a copy of the music with piano accompaniment, as an accompanist will be provided. Students who do not have a classical piece prepared may also present selections from musical theatre or other music genres.

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.: Convocation Choir
Location: Chapel

All are welcome to sing in the Convocation Choir!  If you love to sing, please join the members of the Vassar College Choir, Women's Chorus, and Chamber Singers for this annual event with students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Please join us for two or more rehearsals on Saturday, August 27, 4-5p.m., Monday, August 29, 6-7:15p.m., and Tuesday, August 30, 5:30-6:45p.m..  Performance: Wednesday, August 31, 3:30 p.m.. All in the Chapel.

Download the practice parts and the score. (You will receive a hard copy of the score at rehearsal, no need to print it out!)

4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Orchestra & Chamber Music Auditions—New Students ONLY
Location: Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

The Vassar College Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra of about 60 students. The group meets twice a week and gives two or three concerts per semester, performing master works of the symphonic repertoire. Participation is open to all students by audition regardless of their chosen majors.

The Vassar College Chamber Music program offers students opportunities to participate in string quartets, piano trios, wind quintets, and other less traditional formations depending on the repertoire. The groups perform once each semester in the recital hall and several times in other venues on and off campus. Participation is open to all students by audition and may be taken for credit.

For the audition, you will be asked to play two short contrasting excerpts (fast/slow) of your choice, and there will be also some simple sight-reading. If you have any questions please email our Orchestra Director, Eduardo Navega. Please fill out a Google form to sign up for an audition. The forms will open Monday, August 22, 2022.

4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.: Dinner & Brewer Games Prep
Location: Gordon Commons

Meet up with your Fellow Group and join them for dinner at the Gordon Commons.

4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.: OIS & Transitions Dinners
Location: Gordon Commons, Second Floor

Transitions: Are you a first generation, low income and/or undocumented student? If so, the Transitions Program is for you! Grab your plate and join us on the second floor of the Gordon Commons, get an overview of Transitions, mingle with your cohort and meet the director and student leaders.

Office of International Studies: All first-year international students are invited for a chance to regroup, relax, and reconnect with new friends and peers. OIS interns and staff will be present to informally check in and to answer any questions.

6:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.: Brewer Parade
Location: TBD

Break out your best house pride outfits and get those chants ready as you walk with your house to the Brewer Games. House points will be given to the most spirited and best-dressed houses.

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.: Brewer Games
Location: Ballantine Field

Who will be this year's champion? Is your house the best house? Here is a chance to get up, get moving, show house spirit and get involved. Houses will compete in “Brewer Games” for bragging rights. Make sure you have your house shirts, colors, and cheers ready! Student athletes and wellness peer educators will be participating and helping out.

8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.: First-Year Frenzy
Location: Library Lawn

Keep up your excitement from the Brewer Games and join First-Year Experience for a carnival-style evening outside.

Sunday, August 28

9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.: Brunch
Location: Gordon Commons

Proceed to Gordon Commons for breakfast.

11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.: Piano at Vassar with Thomas Sauer
Location: Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Come and learn about the piano lesson program at Vassar.

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.: Lunch & Wellness Break
Location: TBD

Proceed to Gordon Commons for lunch.

11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.: Explore Poughkeepsie
Location: Varies

Join us for an opportunity to explore Poughkeepsie! We have three off-campus options to satisfy everyone's interests. For the shopper, there is a trip to the Poughkeepsie Galleria so you can pick up some last-minute school supplies. For the nature-lover, check out our walk over to the Preserve and enjoy some of the beauty we have to offer in our city of trees (these tours go from 12-3). Finally, if you like a little sightseeing and art with nature, enjoy a trip to the Walkway Over the Hudson, a walking bridge that takes you from Poughkeepsie to Highland.

Meet the Bus/Van at the North lot.

11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.: Piano at Vassar
Location: Martel Recital Hall

Come and learn about the piano lesson program at Vassar.

12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: We Are Here Tour
Location: Meet in front of Main

Meet your Orientation Leader and your Student Fellow to start a tour around campus where you will learn about Vassar’s unique history. (Core Event)

Tours leave every 20 minutes (12:00, 12:20, 12:40, 1:00, 1:20, etc.)

Meet at the tent on the President's lawn.

12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Orchestra & Chamber Music Auditions—New Students ONLY
Location: Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

The Vassar College Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra of about 60 students. The group meets twice a week and gives two or three concerts per semester, performing master works of the symphonic repertoire. Participation is open to all students by audition regardless of their chosen majors.

The Vassar College Chamber Music program offers students opportunities to participate in string quartets, piano trios, wind quintets, and other less traditional formations depending on the repertoire. The groups perform once each semester in the recital hall and several times in other venues on and off campus. Participation is open to all students by audition and may be taken for credit.

For the audition, you will be asked to play two short contrasting excerpts (fast/slow) of your choice, and there will be also some simple sight-reading. If you have any questions please email our Orchestra Director, Eduardo Navega. Please fill out a Google form to sign up for an audition. The forms will open Monday, August 22, 2022.\

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Choral Auditions
Location: Skinner Hall, Room 400

Please sign up in advance on the Choral Audition Google Form. The form will open on Monday, August 22, 2022.

Students are encouraged to prepare one classical vocal piece in any language, preferably memorized. Please bring a copy of the music with piano accompaniment, as an accompanist will be provided. Students who do not have a classical piece prepared may also present selections from musical theatre or other music genres.

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Organ Info Session
Location: Chapel

Learn about the organ lesson program at Vassar. For questions about organ or harpsichord lessons, please contact Gail Archer.

3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: VSA Open House and Student Activities Fair
Location:
VSA Office, College Center Room 207

VSA Open House: The VSA is the student government of Vassar College and all students are members of the VSA! Come meet your representatives on the VSA Executive Board and VSA Senate. Additionally, you will have the chance to learn about the positions available for members in your class year. Light refreshments will be available.

Location: President’s Lawn Tent

Student Activities Fair: Get Involved! Come learn about all the different student organizations that Vassar has to offer. Whether you are interested in finding your dream role in a student theater production, singing your heart out, making people laugh or just plain raising your voice to make a difference, you are bound to find something here. Representatives from organizations will be present with information on what they do and how you can get involved. Come and learn what fun opportunities are waiting! (Core Event)

4:00 p.m.–8:15 p.m.: RSLCP Services
Location: Pratt House, Meditation and Prayer Room (2
nd Floor) – 4p.m. ECVC; 7:30p.m. Sangha  
Vassar Chapel– 5 p.m. Catholic Mass

Multiple campus communities will be offering various religious and spiritual practices for more information about specific services please contact the point person or people listed below.

  • 4:00–5:00 p.m. at Pratt House: Episcopal Church at Vassar College (ECVC) Ecumenical Christian Worship contacts: Reshan Selva rselvavelautham@vassar.edu, Thayer Lehman Boyer tlehmanborer@vassar.edu
  • 5:00–6:00 p.m. at Chapel: Vassar Catholic Community (VCC) Catholic Mass contact: Linda Tuttle ltuttle@vassar.edu
  • 7:30–8:15 p.m. at Pratt House: Buddhist Sangha Sitting Meditation contacts: Ammavi Miriyagalla amiriyagalla@vassar.edu, Andrew Blackburn ablackburn@vassar.edu

6:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.: Class Photo
Location: Commencement Hill

Walk with your fellow group to commencement hill to take a picture with your entire class!

8:00 p.m.: Welcome Concert
Location: Martel Recital Hall

Presented by members of the music department faculty.

8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.: Campfire & Serenading
Location: Noyes Circle

Serenading is one of Vassar’s oldest traditions. It is an opportunity for VC’s sophomores, juniors, and seniors to welcome the Class of 2025 and new transfers to the college via a song or two. Various acapella groups will be performing in honor of the incoming class. New students will also have an opportunity to perform for their peers.

Monday, August 29

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Orchestra & Chamber Music Auditions—Returning Students
Location: Skinner Hall, Room 203

The Vassar College Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra of about 60 students. The group meets twice a week and gives two or three concerts per semester, performing master works of the symphonic repertoire. Participation is open to all students by audition regardless of their chosen majors.

The Vassar College Chamber Music program offers students opportunities to participate in string quartets, piano trios, wind quintets, and other less traditional formations depending on the repertoire. The groups perform once each semester in the recital hall and several times in other venues on and off campus. Participation is open to all students by audition and may be taken for credit.

For the audition, you will be asked to play two short contrasting excerpts (fast/slow) of your choice, and there will be also some simple sight-reading. If you have any questions please email our Orchestra Director, Eduardo Navega. Please fill out a Google form to sign up for an audition. The forms will open Monday, August 23, 2021.

5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.: Piano Auditions
Location: Skinner Hall, Room 400

Sign-up for an audition in advance by filling out the Piano Audition Google Form. The form will open Monday, August 22, 2022.

Please prepare two short, contrasting pieces. Beginners are welcome; if you are not in a position to prepare a piece, please sign up for an audition to come and state your reasons for wishing to take up the piano.

Any questions about the audition process may be directed at any time to Thomas Sauer. We look forward to meeting you soon.

6:00-7:15 p.m.: Convocation Choir
Location: Chapel

All are welcome to sing in the Convocation Choir!  If you love to sing, please join the members of the Vassar College Choir, Women's Chorus, and Chamber Singers for this annual event with students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Please join us for two or more rehearsals on Saturday, August 27, 4–5 p.m., Monday, August 29, 6-7:15 p.m., and Tuesday, August 30, 5:30-6:45 p.m..  PERFORMANCE: Wednesday, August 31, 3:30 p.m.. All in the CHAPEL.

Download the practice parts and the score. (You will receive a hard copy of the score at rehearsal, no need to print it out!)

Jazz & Wind Ensemble Information Sessions
7:00 p.m.—Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combo Students
8:00 p.m.—Wind Ensemble Students
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

(At this meeting you will sign up for an audition time.)

The Vassar College Jazz Ensemble is a 20-piece group of student musicians playing saxophones, trumpets, trombones, piano, double bass, guitar, and drums; vocalists are often featured as well. It performs literature ranging from the Big Band Era to contemporary compositions and arrangements. The Jazz Combo program offers students the opportunity to play in smaller ensembles with a strong focus on jazz improvisation.

The Vassar College Wind Ensemble is a sixty-plus member ensemble of Vassar students, staff and community members. The Ensemble performs three concerts in the academic year, featuring wind band masterworks, contemporary pieces and student compositions.

Tuesday, August 30

1:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.: Orchestra & Chamber Music Auditions—Returning Students
Location: Skinner Hall, Room 203

The Vassar College Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra of about 60 students. The group meets twice a week and gives two or three concerts per semester, performing master works of the symphonic repertoire. Participation is open to all students by audition regardless of their chosen majors.

The Vassar College Chamber Music program offers students opportunities to participate in string quartets, piano trios, wind quintets, and other less traditional formations depending on the repertoire. The groups perform once each semester in the recital hall and several times in other venues on and off campus. Participation is open to all students by audition and may be taken for credit.

For the audition, you will be asked to play two short contrasting excerpts (fast/slow) of your choice, and there will be also some simple sight-reading. If you have any questions please email our Orchestra Director, Eduardo Navega. Please fill out a Google form to sign up for an audition. The forms will open Monday, August 23, 2021.

5:30 p.m.–6:45 p.m.: Convocation Choir
Location: Chapel

All are welcome to sing in the Convocation Choir!  If you love to sing, please join the members of the Vassar College Choir, Women's Chorus, and Chamber Singers for this annual event with students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Please join us for two or more rehearsals on Saturday, August 27, 4–5 p.m., Monday, August 29, 6–7:15 p.m., and Tuesday, August 30, 5:30–6:45 p.m..  PERFORMANCE: Wednesday, August 31, 3:30 p.m.. All in the CHAPEL.

Download the practice parts and the score. (You will receive a hard copy of the score at rehearsal, no need to print it out!)

Starting at 7:00 p.m.: Wind Ensemble Auditions
Location: Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Auditions are for new students only. New Wind Ensemble students can audition with an etude or solo piece excerpt. An audition piece will be provided to any student who does not have an etude or solo piece of their own. The audition sign-up sheet will be available at the August 29th  meeting.

Wednesday, August 31

3:30 p.m.–5 p.m.: Convocation
Location: Chapel

Thursday, September 1

Starting at 4:00 p.m.: Jazz Ensemble/Combo Auditions
Location: Skinner Hall of Music, Room 421

Auditions are for new students only. New Jazz students can audition with a jazz etude or jazz ensemble piece (improvisation is optional). An audition piece will be provided to any student who does not have an etude or ensemble piece of their own. The audition sign-up sheet will be available at the August 29 meeting. For any questions, please contact Jim Osborn.

Other Instruments

Bass, Bassoon, Cello, Jazz Guitar, Clarinet, Flute, French Horn, Harp, Harpsichord, Jazz Piano, Oboe, Organ, Percussion, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, and Viola. Students interested in lessons for the following instruments or requests for more information should contact:

Departmental Advising and Placement Exams

Click HERE for a list of locations and phone extensions for Departmental Advising
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HERE for a list of locations and email addresses for Foreign Language Course Placement

Event

Start Time

End Time

Location

Description

Departmental, Advanced Course Placement, Pre-Professional Advising, OCEL

9:00 AM

12:00 PM

Department and Program Offices

Representatives from all academic departments and programs will be available for individual consultations. If you are not sure which math or language course is right for you, or if you received a 4 or a 5 on an AP exam (or equivalent IB or A-level examination) and want to take an intermediate-level course, or if you are interested in a special permission (SP) course such as music lessons, this is the time to get the information and/or permissions you need. Be sure to bring your registration form with you. Departmental Advising for Music will be held in Skinner Hall 107. The OCEL information session will be in Main N-165. Please note that advising for Anthropology will be from 9:00 am - 10:30 am in BH 310.

Foreign Language Course Placement Advising

9:00 AM

12:00 PM

Chicago Hall/Sanders Classroom/Blodgett Hall

Location: See HERE.

 All foreign language departments will be open to students for placement advising in Chicago Hall except Chinese and Japanese, which will be in Sanders Classroom 008 (Chinese) and Sanders Classroom 321 (Japanese); Korean will be in SC 304; Greek and Roman (for Greek and Latin), which will be in Sanders Classroom 123; and Hebrew, which will be in Blodgett Hall 105. Please note that while Arabic is part of the Program in Africana Studies, Arabic advising will take place in Chicago Hall 103. For French and Francophone studies in Chicago Hall 102, please bring your laptop if possible, as there are a limited amount of computers available.

Music Theory Placement Advising & Placement Exam

9:00 AM

12:00 PM

Skinner, Room 205

Location: Skinner, Room 205. Music Faculty will be available to meet with students who wish to take the advanced placement exam, in order to test out of MUSI 105 (Music Theory I), directly into MUSI 106 (Music Theory II, offered in Spring semester). This exam expects outstanding proficiency in four-part writing and voice-leading, harmonic (roman numeral) analysis, and figured-bass realization.

Pre-Law Advising

9:00 AM

9:30 AM

Sanders Classroom Auditorium

Location: Sanders Classroom Auditorium. Join Vassar's pre-law advisors to learn about what it means to be “pre-law” at Vassar, what you can do now to make yourself a great law school candidate, and how you can take advantage of campus resources to help you succeed! Admission to law school remains competitive and early preparation can make all the difference. Hosted by the pre-law advisors in Career Development (Stacy Bingham, Mario Roman, and Jannette Swanson) and faculty pre-law advisor Jamie Kelly, Associate Professor of Philosophy.

Study Away and Foreign Language Competency: An Information Session

9:00 AM

9:45 AM

Rocky 200

Location: Rocky, Room 200. Faculty from the foreign language departments and programs will give an overview of the benefits of language study and its value to a well-rounded liberal arts education. Students will also be informed about the foreign language and cultural competencies needed to study in non-English speaking countries. Faculty representatives will introduce study abroad opportunities around the world, which are available through Vassar programs in Madrid, Bologna, and Paris, or other approved programs in Europe, South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa

Pre-Engineering Advising

9:00 AM

9:30 AM

Sanders Classroom, room 013

Location: Sanders Classroom, Room 013. Dual-Degree Engineering Academic Advisor Tom Ellman, and Casey Trocino, Assistant Dean of Studies, will give an overview of the preparation requirements to apply for the Vassar-Dartmouth dual-degree engineering program. After this meeting students can begin revising their fall course selections in preparation for their advisor meetings.

Pre-Health Advising

9:35 AM

10:30 AM

Sanders Classroom Auditorium

Location: Sanders Classroom Auditorium. Members of the Pre-Med Advisory Committee will give an overview of the requirements for preparation to apply to medical and other schools in the health professions. After this meeting students can begin revising their fall course selections in preparation for their advisor meetings.

Education Certificate Advising

10:00 AM

10:30 AM

Maria Mitchell Observatory, Room 212-Dome Room

Location: Maria Mitchell Observatory, Room 212. Chris Bjork and Maria Hantzopoulos will give a short presentation about the requirements for becoming certified to teach at the elementary and secondary levels and answer any questions about the process.

English Department AP and General Information Meeting

10:45 AM

12:30 PM

Sanders Auditorium

Location: Sanders Auditorium. Wendy Graham, department Chair, will explain policies and procedures for advanced course placement in English, in addition to providing a general introduction to the Department of English. Students wishing to take a 200-level English course in their first year should attend this meeting. Students with questions about the department or the major are encouraged to attend as well.

Natural Science and Math/Statistics Advising

10:00 AM

12:00 PM

BLS Indoor Cafe/Atrium

Location: Bridge for Laboratory Sciences, Indoor Cafe/Atrium. Faculty members will give an overview of the programs and departments in natural science and math at Vassar. They will discuss curricular offerings and answer questions. Math advising will also take place in the Math Department lounge, Rockefeller 305.

Introduction to Art History at Vassar

11:00 AM

11:30 PM

Taylor Hall, Room 203

Location: Taylor Hall, Room 203. All students currently pre-registered for Art 105, wishing to enroll, or just curious about Art History at Vassar, are invited to attend.