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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. Maximize and hone your talent at the university level where you’ll learn fundamental skills and gain valuable performing experience. A bachelor of music in performance degree is a great start to future graduate schools or positions in seasonal or multi-year performance programs, and a solid foundation for 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 vocal and instrumental faculty, the School of Music at North Park University offers you an excellent education in the fundamentals 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 Chicago, and across the country.

Careers In Music Performance
  • Orchestra member
  • Private teacher
  • Studio recording artist
  • Classical/opera singer
  • Choral director
  • College/university professor
  • Church music director
Alumni Success

North Park’s music performance graduates have gone on to many graduate programs, including at DePaul University, Northwestern University, the Eastman School of Music, 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 and is now a cellist with the New York Philharmonic.

Personal Attention

Throughout your career as a music performance major, your coaches and professors 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 next years of school. You’ll also perform in third- and fourth-year recitals and receive valuable critiques in all your lessons and courses.

Performance Opportunities

As a member of one of North Park’s signature ensembles you’ll perform throughout the year on- and off-campus. Special annual events feature the choirs and instrumental groups, including the Fall Choral Concert, Festival of Lessons and Carols and Hymn Festival. Students also have opportunities to perform in the opera or oratorio that is performed each spring.

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 atmosphere at the School of Music, where she directs two choirs, teaches music education courses, and works to give all vocal ensemble students great performance opportunities.

Learn more about Dr. Davids and the music faculty.

Julia Davis
Voice, Wind, or String

A bachelor’s of music in performance will be tailored to your voice or instrument choice. Our major requirements are designed to meet your specific needs, while also introducing you to musical skills necessary regardless of instrument. Learn more about the courses and requirements for this major, with special notations for performance majors in brass, guitar, percussion, piano, string, voice, or woodwind.

Beyond the Classroom

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