Contact the Music Department

Nicky Rutherford 
Ave Maria University  
Department of Music  
5050 Ave Maria Blvd. 
Ave Maria, FL 34142 

Office: 239-280-2485

Welcome to Music

Ave Maria University - a home for music in Catholic higher education.

Welcome to Music at Ave Maria University!  Our department features a major and a minor in music, as well as opportunities for students of any major to join us in making music.  We are pleased to offer music scholarships for majors and non-majors, and we cordially invite you to complete your audition with us.  

This year, our students will be inspired and challenged by their work in many solo, ensemble, and scholarly contexts. Opportunities for individual growth include performances with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra; master classes and recital performances; and interaction with musical scholars and active professionals in the field.  Members of our graduating class are preparing to attend graduate schools or to assume leadership positions in communities, churches, and schools.  It is an exciting time to be a part of music at AMU!

Please use the side navigation bar to find important information about the next steps toward joining us a student musician.  Please feel free to contact our Music Department Program Manager, Nicky Rutherford, with any questions you may have about our programs or auditions, at or 239-280-2485.  We would be very happy to hear from you!

Dr. Timothy McDonnell
Chairman, Department of Music

Upcoming Events

Oct. 31: Vespers of All Saints
Ave Maria University Choir
Ave Maria Oratory 
6:15 pm | Free
Nov. 16: Gregorian Chant
Ave Maria University Scholae Gregoriana
St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Bonita Springs
4:00 pm | Free
Information: St. Mary's Episcopal Church


Dec. 5: Christmas Festival
Ave Maria University Choir  
Florida SouthWestern State College, Collier Campus, Naples
7:00 pm | $25 general / $20 student

Dec. 8: Festival of Lessons and Carols
Ave Maria University Choir
Ave Maria Oratory 

7:00 pm | Free


Dec. 14: Music Department Recital
Bob Thomas Student Union Private Dining Room
3:00 pm | Free