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Program in Musical Performance


Michael Pratt

Associate Director

Anthony D. J. Branker (Jazz Performance)

Gabriel Crouch (Vocal Performance)

Executive Committee

Steven Mackey, Music

Simon Morrison, Music

Barbara White, Music

Stacy Wolf, Lewis Center for the Arts, Theater

The Program in Musical Performance provides an opportunity for students to develop their performing skills in the context of regular liberal arts study. One of the goals of the program is to enhance the study of performance through the study of theory, composition, and music history. While the program is not designed to produce professional performers, it will provide a foundation upon which a student may build to go on to further training, such as conservatory study at the graduate level.

Admission to the Program

The program is open to juniors and seniors who can demonstrate a high level of proficiency in a performance medium, such as an orchestral instrument, piano, electronic music, voice, or jazz. The number of students in the program will be limited by available resources. A prerequisite to admission is the completion of Music 105-106 or demonstration of equivalent knowledge.

Program of Study

Students are required to take two semesters of a department performance course. These include MUS 213 Projects in Instrumental Performance (chamber music), MUS 214 Projects in Vocal Performance (lieder or opera); MUS 215 Projects in Jazz Performance; MUS 216 Techniques of Conducting; MUS 314 Computer and Electronic Music through Programming, Performance, and Composition; or MUS 316 Computer and Electronic Music Composition (electronic media performance). Other courses may also qualify to meet this requirement with the permission of the director of the Program in Musical Performance.

Students must also complete at least two of the music courses required for the music major. Please look under the Department of Music for a list of these courses.

Independent Project. In either the junior or senior year, each student will undertake a major performance project. This may be in the form of a recital or other project relevant to a student's interests and needs. Where possible, the project will be coordinated with independent work in the student's major department.

Lessons. Certificate program in musical performance students are required to take private vocal or instrumental lessons. The cost of private lessons with the department's instrumental and vocal teachers is fully subsidized for all students in the program. 

Participation in Music Department Ensembles. Students in the program are required to participate in a music department performance ensemble (orchestra, glee club, or jazz ensemble) appropriate to their discipline.

Certificate of Proficiency

Students who fulfill the requirements of the program will receive a certificate of proficiency in musical performance upon graduation.