Program in Musical Performance

Academic Unit

Program Information

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—and vice-versa. The program can provide a foundation upon which a student may build to go on to further professional performance training at the graduate level.

Admission to the Program

The two-year Program is open to rising juniors who can demonstrate in an audition a high level of proficiency in a performance medium such as an orchestral instrument, piano, electronic media, voice (either solo or consort singing), or jazz. MUS 105-106 is a requirement for the certificate. Under special circumstances, a student may demonstrate equivalent knowledge through an examination by the course instructor. Students are urged to fulfill this requirement as early as possible, preferably in the freshman or sophomore year. Students wishing to wait until the senior year must obtain special permission from one of the directors.

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 consort singing); MUS 215 Projects in Jazz Performance; MUS 216 Techniques of Conducting; MUS 218 Making Tunes; MUS 219 Opera Performance; MUS 314 Computer and Electronic Music through Programming, Performance, and Composition; or MUS 316 Computer and Electronic Music Composition (electronic media performance). The department also offers MUS 298 and MUS 299, which consists of private studio study with department performance faculty. Both semesters, including a year-end jury, must be completed for credit. One completion of this sequence is required for program students, and it may count as one of the departmental performance courses if it proves impossible to enroll in two of the courses listed above. Other courses may also qualify to meet this requirement with the permission of one of the directors of the Program in Musical Performance. Students should consult with the program director in each area—instrumental, vocal, or jazz—for specifics questions question regarding performance courses. 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 the senior year each student will undertake a major performance project, which will be evaluated by members of the performance faculty. 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.

Instrumental and Vocal Lessons. The Department of Music has highly qualified professionals on the performance faculty who provide co-curricular studio instruction subsidized by the department for students in the certificate program for musical performance. Students are required to take vocal or instrumental lessons, with at least one year devoted to MUS 298-299.

Participation in Music Department Ensembles. Students in the program are required to participate in a music department performance ensemble (orchestra, glee club, jazz ensembles, or in the case of pianists, accompanying within the department) 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.