Gaining the Skills of a Performance Artist

Intensive applied study of representative repertoire, technique, musicality, and sight reading provide the centerpiece for our performance program. In addition to coaching and performance in applied lessons and studio labs, our performance majors have many additional performance opportunities to hone their craft. These experiences include numerous recitals including our showcase Longaker Recital, on-campus and regional concerto competitions, and frequent area opportunities for guest performances.

Performance Experience as a Student

To maintain awareness of “real world” standards, we offer on-campus master classes and recitals with internationally-known guest artists such as Richard Fracker (NY Metropolitan Opera), James Giles (Fulbright Scholar and 1st prize—Johanna Hodges Int’l Piano Competition), Panayis Lyras (Silver-Medalist—Van Cliburn Competition), John Owings (Gold-Medalist—Casadesus Int’l Piano Competition), George Fortune (Berlin Opera), and others.

The Vocal Performance major offers intensive vocal training, diction study of Italian, French, German, and English, and study and performance of vocal literature from all major music periods.