Music Performance

Instrumental Ensembles

Share your instrumental talent in a large or small ensemble. North Park offers University Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and Chamber Ensemble options for all students, music majors and non-majors alike. Each group is conducted or coached by expert faculty, with regular opportunities for performing on- and off-campus. Our instrumentalists also periodically collaborate with the choral ensembles for performances and tours.

Learn more about our instrumental ensembles.

Vocal Ensembles

From classical to jazz to chamber to gospel, the School of Music offers vocal ensemble choices for every student singer. These groups perform regularly on campus and around Chicagoland, with periodic national and international touring options. Open by audition to all students—music majors or non-majors—classical groups include the University Choir, Women’s Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Opera Workshop. Our unique Vocal Jazz Ensemble is organized and directed by students, and is open by audition for any student. The popular Gospel Choir is open to any singer with a passion for contemporary spiritual and gospel music, and is well-known for its energy and sold-out performances.
Learn more about our vocal ensembles.

School of Music's Professional Faculty
Professional Faculty

The School of Music faculty is filled with professional musicians who also love to teach. Eight full-time faculty members are complemented by a large group of adjunct faculty who specialize in various instruments and vocal styles. All of these instructors are dedicated to the mission and vision of preparing North Park students for lives of significance and service—which means you’ll be connected with a caring mentor who will coach you to become the best musician you can be.

Music in Performance
Why Study Music Performance?

Get started on the road to your career as a professional classical musician. Develop and maximize your talent at the university level where you’ll learn essential skills and gain valuable performing experience.A bachelor of music in performance degree is an excellent foundation for future graduate study or to build a career in a variety of church, school, nonprofit, or professional performance settings.

Why Choose North Park University

Why North Park?

With a strong reputation and a dedicated faculty, the School of Music at North Park University offers you an excellent musical foundation as well as mentoring from professional musicians working in Chicago. You’ll be encouraged toward your goals as a classical musician in our close-knit community of faculty and students and have many opportunities to perform on campus, around Chicagoland, and across the country.

Careers In Music Performance
  • Orchestra musician member
  • Opera singer
  • Armed Services musician
  • Collaborative pianist (accompanist)
  • Professional chamber and choral ensembles
  • Choral/instrumental conductor
  • College/university professor
  • Church musician
  • Commercial musician
  • Private music teacher
Alumni Success

North Park’s music performance graduates have gone on to many graduate programs, including at Northwestern University, the Eastman School of Music, DePaul University, and North Park’s own master of music in vocal performance program. Wei Yu C’04 earned a master’s degree at the Juilliard School, performed as a cellist with the New York Philharmonic, and has been appointed principal cellist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra beginning in January 2015.

Personal Attention

Throughout your career as a performance major, your instructors will help you prepare for a career as a professional musician. In your sophomore year, you’ll participate in a conference with faculty who will give you personalized feedback on your development as a musician and guidance for planning your future at North Park and beyond. You’ll also perform in third- and fourth-year recitals and continue to receive valuable performance critique.

Performance Opportunities

In addition to plentiful solo performance opportunities, you'll perform throughout the year in one or more of North Park's signature ensembles. Concerts are held both on- and off-campus, with special annual events that include the Festival of Lesson and Carols, the Chamber Music Showcase Competition, and Opera/Oratorio.

Explore upcoming music events and performances.

Meet the Faculty

“Students and faculty work side by side to create all sorts of music,” says Dr. Julia Davids of the close-knit community at the School of Music, where she directs two choirs, teaches music education courses, and works to give choral students memorable performance opportunities.

Learn more about Dr. Davids and the music faculty.

Julia Davis
Primary Instrument or Voice

A degree in performance will focus on your primary instrument or voice through specialized performance and academic courses. You’ll receive the essential training you need from faculty who will mentor you as you reach your own professional and academic goals. Learn more about the requirements for this major, which includes the following classical instruments and instrumental families: in brass, classical guitar, percussion, piano/organ, strings, voice, or woodwinds.

Beyond the Classroom

Enhance your education by participating in opportunities outside the classroom, including: