Master of Music in Performance

Extending Performing Skills and Experience

For those with a passion to further their God-given talents and hard-won accomplishment, the Master of Music degree in performance offers the opportunity to develop musicianship and performance skills to a deeper level.

Whatever the goal – eventually pursuing doctoral studies or active performance, or simply extending the discipline, knowledge, and skills used in the studio or the classroom – an experienced, active faculty stands ready to work with students in this exciting yet demanding endeavor. Holding earned doctorates or equivalent professional experience at a high level in opera, symphony, or as solo artists, the performance faculty challenge students to performance excellence.

Large and small ensembles, ample solo performance opportunities, and excellent supporting academic courses all work together for the total growth of the performer.

The ideal student interested in performance should be an accomplished performer who has a passion for furthering performing skills in a full synthesis of talent, discipline, study, and experience. Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate Bachelor of Music degree in performance or music education and should demonstrate outstanding accomplishment and talent in their audition.

Degree Requirements

Audition Requirements

Applicants should normally possess a Bachelor of Music degree or its equivalent in the performance area sought.

Brass instruments

  • Two solo compositions.
  • One etude.

These should demonstrate the performer’s current ability and musicianship. Solo numbers should come from the Baroque/Classical and 20th-century literature.


  • One fast movement from a major concerto.
  • One technically demanding etude.
  • Two other selections of contrasting styles.

Wind Instruments

  • One selection from the contemporary solo repertoire.
  • At least 2 orchestral excerpts in contrasting styles.
  • 2 other selections from the common practice period in contrasting styles.


  • One timpani.
  • One mallet keyboard piece.
  • One snare drum or multiple percussion piece.
  • Sight-reading.


  • A complete Bach Lute Suite.
  • A major work from the late 19th or early 20th centuries (Segovia repertoire included).
  • One major contemporary work.

Stringed Instruments

  • A first movement of a major concerto.
  • A movement of an unaccompanied work by Bach.
  • One other piece of the auditionee’s choice.
  • Sight-reading.


Two to three pieces or movements in contrasting styles, including:

  • a significant work (chorale-based or free) of J. S. Bach.
  • two additional works from the 19th and/or 20th century.
  • a hymn accompaniment would also be desirable.
  • sight-reading.


Three selections from contrasting style periods and representative of the major literature for the instrument. At least one should demonstrate virtuosity commensurate with the candidate’s level of accomplishment. Audition also to include sight-reading.


Five selections combining these criteria:

  • English plus at least two other languages.
  • at least one aria from opera or oratorio.
  • at least one selection from the Baroque repertory.
  • at least one selection from the 20th century.
  • at least one selection from the standard art song repertory.

These criteria may overlap. For example: A Bach Passion aria would cover three categories— aria, Baroque,and German; a Hoiby song would also cover three categories— art song, 20th century, and English.