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.
Dr. Julia Davids
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Beyond the Classroom
Enhance your education by participating in opportunities outside the classroom, including:
- Competing in regional music competitions
- Volunteering with the YOURS orchestra
- Participating in University Ministries service and discipleship programs
- Joining the North Park Theatre Company