Optional Opportunities

Welcome to Haverford!

We’re so excited to meet you in the fall! 

First-Year students are asked to arrive at Haverford for non-academic registration and move-in on August 26, 2015 between 8:30am – 4:00pm.

Non-Academic registration will be held in Founders Great Hall. Lunch is provided to new students and their families and a program for parents begins at 1pm. If students expect to arrive after 4pm on August 26th, please inform Dean Michael Martinez at mmartine@haverford.edu. For those who arrive after 4:00pm, your room key and OneCard will be available at the Campus Safety Office.

Some students have been pre-approved to arrive before Wednesday 26th due to travel from far distances or participation in various pre-orientation programs (including TRICO Social Justice Institute, Horizons Leadership Institute, International Student Orientation or pre-season athletics).

If you have not been pre-approved to arrive early, please arrive on the 26thNOTE: Regardless of arrival date, all First-Year students are required to go through Non-Academic Registration on Wednesday, August 26. We suggest printing out Haverford’s campus map and bringing it with you when you arrive: www.haverford.edu/visiting/Haverford-College-Campus-Map.pdf

If you have any questions, ask Dean Martinez at mmartine@haverford.edu

TRICO Institute Application: June 14

The Tri-College Identity, Equity and Social Justice Summer Institute (TRICO) is a weeklong orientation sponsored by Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges for first-year students who are interested in exploring issues of identity, power, privilege and social justice. This summer’s program will run from August 19-25, 2015. You can learn more and apply by going to the TRICO website.

HERE is a direct link to the TRICO application.

The goal of the program is to enable first-year students to gain knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the curricular and co-curricular areas of campus life; and learn how to become effective social agents for change within their own institutions, in the United States, and the world.

For Haverford students, Tri-Co is a gateway to the Rufus Jones Leadership Institute on campus, and Haverford students will have the opportunity to meet with current students and alumni whose leadership and activism shape life on campus as well as in the many communities in which Haverford is invested as part of their transition into Haverford’s intellectual and social communities.

Participants should enter the program with the understanding that they will engage in a process of development and change as they learn about themselves, their identity groups, systems of power and their institutions. Students are housed on their home campuses and will gather on a different campus each day. Tri-Co will include interactive workshops that will engage participants through facilitated discussions, kinesthetic exercises, creative projects, reflective writing and informal activities coordinated by each campus’s Student Resource People. Each day’s programming will begin at9:30AM, and workshops will end at 7PM. Transportation back to home campuses starts at 9:30 each evening.

All entering first-year students are invited to apply; however, spaces are limited.

The Tri-College Summer Institute is designed to:

  • Provide participants with a supportive space for them to explore individual/group identity issues and to situate these issues within broader systemic and institutional contexts
  • Challenge participants to develop greater awareness regarding gender, race, sexuality, socio-economic class, spirituality, ability and power and privilege
  • Provide participants with skill development to address issues of inequity on their campuses and beyond
  • Familiarize first-year students with the administrative support services on each campus
  • Develop a network of peer and administrative support across the Tri-College community

Religious Affiliation Survey: August 1

Walter Hjelt Sullivan is the Director of Quaker Affairs and provides support for student religious life here at Haverford College. Walter has developed this Optional Survey of Religious Affiliation for in-coming first year students. You may easily elect to keep your responses confidential.  The short Google form should take no more than one minute of your time. If you have any questions about the survey, about Quakerism, or religious life on campus, connect with Walter at wsulliva@haverford.edu.

Musical Interest: August 1

FROM:  The Haverford Music Department

              Heidi Jacob, Director of Orchestra

             Thomas Lloyd, Director of Choruses

SUBJECT:  Orchestral and Choral programs


Welcome to the Haverford-Bryn Mawr musical community!  If you are interested in playing in the orchestra or singing in a choir, this memo has some helpful information.   This year  there are over 400 students participating in faculty and student-led ensembles and private lessons between Haverford and Bryn Mawr.  Unlike the situation at a school with a conservatory or large music department, non-majors aren’t crowded out of opportunities to sing or play in a fine ensemble, perform as a soloist with one of our choirs or orchestras.

If you are interested in the Orchestral and Choral programs, please complete and submit the “Musical Interest Survey.” 


As an instrumentalist there are many opportunities to perform both in the orchestra and in chamber music. The orchestra rehearses once a week, Thursday evenings from 7 to 9:30, with one to two performances each semester.   Sectionals are also on Thursday evenings and run by top professional musicians from the Philadelphia area, including some members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.   In addition, this year the woodwinds and brass players will have the opportunity to have sectionals with Imani Winds and the Graham Ashton Brass Quintet.

The orchestra currently has over 70 members and has performed such works as Sibelius Second Symphony, Kodaly, Dances of Galanta, Tchaikowsky’s Fifth Symphony and Romeo and Juliet Overture Mahler’s Third Symphony, Dvorak’s Symphony in G Major and New World Symphony and Woodwind Serenade in d minor, Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh Symphony, Prokofieff’s Lieutenant Kije  and Romeo and Juliet, overtures by Verdi and Schubert, Bach’s Third Brandenberg Concerto,  Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and new orchestral works by Haverford Professors Curt Cacioppo and Ingrid Arauco.

Among the works the Bi-College Orchestra will be performing this year are Beethoven’s First Symphony, Brahms Fourth Symphony and George Walker’s Lyric for String Orchestra.

Selected players have the opportunity to perform in orchestras made up of professional musicians, Temple University, Curtis Institute of Music students and graduates.  These orchestras have performed for the Haverford/Bryn Mawr College Chorale, performing such works as Requiems  by, Verdi, Brahms, Berlioz, Faure, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah  and Israel and Egypt.


The chamber music program is open to all orchestral instrumentalists as well as pianists, who have passed an audition. (see auditions below) Students have performed works such as Piano Quintets and Quartets by Schumann, Dvorak and Brahms, Mozart Piano Quartets, String Quartets by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Schubert, Beethoven and Mozart, Flute and Oboe Quartets by Mozart and Gordon Jacob, as well as Clarinet and Piano Trios by Brahms and Beethoven.

The program reflects a wide range of instrumental styles and instrumentation including woodwind and brass quintets, percussion ensemble, piano four-hand, woodwind duos and trios, and flute choir.

Every year chamber music ensembles have the opportunity to perform in master classes given by internationally renowned artists.  In the past students have performed in Master Classes given by members of The Orion, Ying, Cavani, Colorado, and Mendelssohn String Quartets, Boston Brass, The American Brass Quintet and Bard Music Festival musicians. This year students will have the opportunity to work in master classes with the Momenta String Quartet, Imani Winds and the Graham Ashton Brass Quintet. Chamber music students also may participate in a residency with the new music ensemble, Network for New Music. The program was featured several years ago as part of WHYY’s (a Philadelphia TV station) documentary “Creative Campuses.”


Ensemble singing has long been an important part of traditional campus life at Haverford and Bryn Mawr.  The bi-college community is home to an unusually large variety of faculty-led and student-led singing groups embracing a wide range of musical styles.

The Chamber Singers are a select mixed chamber choir of 32-36 voices who perform a challenging and varied repertoire ranging from works of the classical masters, to international folk-based styles, to the close harmony of vocal jazz. Students in Chamber Singers are also eligible for enhanced subsidies for private study, and for major solos with the Chorale and orchestra.

Rehearsals for Chamber Singers are Monday and Tuesday afternoons in MacCrate Hall (Haverford) and Thursday afternoons in the Music Room at Goodhart Hall (Bryn Mawr) from 4:30-5:45.  While students often continue in Chamber Singers from year to year, we always have seniors graduate and juniors going abroad, so there are usually open slots in all sections.

Many of the students who sing in Chamber Singers are also leaders or members of one of the many student a cappella groups.  Announcements for auditions for these groups will be posted during the first week of classes.  We also work closely with the athletic department to try to enable singer/athletes to be able to take advantage of both sports and music opportunities as much as possible.  Recent singers have been leaders on the fencing, soccer, cricket, and track teams.  If you have any questions about whether you can make your schedule work for a sport and Chamber Singers, please contact Prof. Lloyd (tlloyd@haverford.edu) and/or your coach.

Wednesday night is Chorale night in the bi-college community!  As many as 160 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members look forward to a mid-week break singing the great masterworks of the oratorio repertoire in performances with a full orchestra made up of the more advanced players from the bi-co orchestra supplemented by professional music students from Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music.  Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 6:50 – 8:50 in Marshall Auditorium (HC).

For any further questions about the bi-college choral program check out our website at www.haverford.edu/music/choral/choralpro.php, or please feel free to email director Thomas Lloyd at tlloyd@haverford.eduor call him at (610) 896-1006.  


Auditions for the Orchestra, Chamber Singers and Chorale, will be held during Customs Week and the first weeks of classes.  Auditions are simple, quick and friendly!  Orchestral instrumentalists will be asked to play a piece of their own choice and/or a selected orchestral excerpt. Pianists interested in chamber music will be asked to both perform a piece of their own choice and to sight-read. Information and materials for auditions will be available Thursday evening the first week of classes at a meeting in Marshall Auditorium on he Haverford College Campus. Auditioning will be held on Sunday afternoon September 6 and Monday evening September 7.

Auditions for Chorale and Chamber Singers include vocalizations for range and pitch matching exercises to test your ear.  In addition, for Chamber Singers, there is sight-reading, and it is to your advantage, but not required, to bring a prepared solo if you have one (no accompanist required).  Check audition boards in Union and Goodhart for more specific information as soon as you arrive on campus.


Once accepted into any of the above ensembles, you have the option of registering for 1/2 unit credit (pass/fail) (registration for credit is required for Chamber Singers or Chorale).  Graded credit is also awarded for private study.


Partially subsidized lessons with a broad range of some of the fine professional musicians in the Philadelphia area are also available to students at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges.  We have a list of teachers for approved study, many of whom are graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music, or teach at the Curtis Institute, Temple University, and perform with major musical organizations in the city.   Many, though not all, come to one or the other campus to teach. Students at Haverford and Bryn Mawr who are members of the Orchestra, Chorale, or Chamber Singers are eligible to take private lessons in voice, piano, or orchestral instruments for credit with a partial subsidy.  Students are required to take at least 10 lessons per semester and perform a jury at the end of the semester for members of the music department.

If you are interested in private lessons for credit and/or subsidy, just indicate this at the time of your audition.  Lists of teachers will be made available during the first week of classes.  You can then call to make arrangements for a lesson time, or, in the case of voice teachers, sign up for an exploratory meeting with one or more of the teachers during the first week of classes.

For further information about music at Haverford, go to www.haverford.edu/music/ !  See you in the Fall!

Meet Other Incoming Students and Their Families

Join us for a Welcome Freshmen Party near you. The College organizes gatherings in during the summer to allow you to meet other Haverford families and fellow members of the class 0f 2019. If you live in one of areas where a Welcome Party is hosted, you’ll receive an email invitation during the summer. If you’d like to organize an informal event in your area, please contact Amy Abolafia in the Alumni and Parent Relations Office at aabolafi@haverford.edu

Linens Program

Students have a number of options when it comes to providing their own linens. One such choice is the Residence Hall Linens Program that shares a portion of the proceeds each year with Haverford’s Students’ Council. View full details HERE.

Theft/Fire & Accident Insurance

This information on a theft, fire & accident insurance program, National Student Services, Inc.’s Student Personal Property Plan is provided as a courtesy and Haverford College does not endorse this program. Go to Insurance Info.