Collaboration is at the heart of all music-making, and Shenandoah Conservatory’s Collaborative Piano program engages students in cultivating the diverse abilities necessary for success in today’s music world.
Through an intense study of repertoire and performance practice, collaborative specialization immerses students in the joy of partnership and prepares them for further advanced study and eventual careers in solo and chamber music performance; professional studio, choral, and opera accompanying; and vocal coaching. Expert mentoring and a thriving performance culture at Shenandoah Conservatory are essential ingredients in mastering the art of collaboration.
The Collaborative Piano curriculum is designed for pianists seeking to develop and refine their piano ensemble skills. The curriculum provides a foundation of studies in performance and interpretation of instrumental and vocal chamber music, from duo sonatas and art songs, to any combination of voice and/or instruments with piano in chamber ensembles.
A specialized field of study, the Bachelor of Music in Collaborative Piano program is designed for the skilled pianist interested in chamber music or vocal accompanying and coaching. Our degree program prepares you for further advanced study in chamber music, vocal collaboration, opera coaching and rehearsal accompanying, choral accompanying and leadership, and teaching at all levels.
Minor in This Program
Shenandoah Conservatory offers minors in Music, Theatre, and Dance for all Shenandoah University students. Acceptance into conservatory minors must be approved by the Division/Department Chair, and some minors require an audition.
Declaring a Minor
Shenandoah students work with their Academic Advisor to declare a minor. Academic Advisors will continue to work with students to ensure that they fulfill all of the requirements to complete the minor.
Incoming students should not indicate their intended minor on their Shenandoah application. Applications are for intended majors only.
Our degree program prepares you for further advanced study in chamber music, vocal collaboration, opera coaching and rehearsal accompanying, choral accompanying and leadership, and teaching at all levels.
Today’s dynamic and ever-evolving music world demands more than musicianship, and studying at Shenandoah Conservatory allows you to cultivate critical perspectives, entrepreneurial skills, and practical strategies to pursue a meaningful musical career.
The Career Services Office provides a comprehensive range of services and resources to assist Shenandoah students in their career search. Services offered include resume and cover letter building, mock interviews, and professional dining etiquette workshops.
You will have one-on-one study with a major piano professor throughout your time in the program, and advanced instrumental and vocal students are available for collaborative performing opportunities with you.
Study music theory, music literature, and analytical and artistic performance techniques. Weekly, private applied study emphasizes musical and technical development as well as specific collaborative repertoire development. In addition, participation in an accompanying ensemble provides weekly coaching of collaborative ensembles by artist teachers.
Our program also includes a special ensemble class that emphasizes the performance of piano duet and duo repertoire.
You Will Learn:
- The vast repertoire of chamber music and instrumental / vocal collaboration with piano
- Enhanced skills partnering with other musicians in rehearsal and performance settings
- The traditions, styles, and history of Western music from the early Baroque to the 21st century, including vocal repertoire (French, German, English) and language diction.
- The importance of the pianist’s supporting role through exposure to a wide range of instrumental and vocal performance practices.
- Effective and compelling recital and concert programming.
You’ll gain skills that translate beyond performance, including the ability to think for yourself as a musician, understand a healthy approach to technique, develop skills in self-promotion, communicate and reach out to the broader community and learn effective program building for performances.
Learning support services are available to all students in every course at Shenandoah. Free peer tutoring with a student who has previously succeeded in the course is available for any course across the university. The Writing Center is available for every stage of the writing process from thesis development to proofreading and bibliography assistance. The Math Enrichment Center is available for math and science assistance. Professors and Academic Advisors across the university also have office hours and open door policies to ensure Shenandoah students succeed academically.
Performance Opportunities and Ensembles
The Bachelor of Music in Collaborative Piano is a performance degree in every sense, giving you a comprehensive musical and technical foundation as a pianist. Performance opportunities exist at local, regional, national and international level.
Shenandoah Conservatory produces more than 400 performances each year. Enroll in a dynamic curriculum and start preparing for a meaningful career in the arts. You will practice your craft in front of audiences and develop a plan for your professional launch into the industry that focuses on your personal desires and aspirations.
Embrace extensive performance opportunities with top-tier facilities from theatres, concert halls and dance studios. Unite with fellow artists and join an alumni family that takes center stage from Broadway to the concert halls of Europe.
Shenandoah Conservatory is home to more than 20 instrumental, vocal, and dance ensembles that present numerous performances every year. These performances take place throughout Shenandoah University’s vibrant campus on its various stages, including a concert hall, recital hall, proscenium stage, black box studio, outdoor amphitheater and more, to venues and performance spaces in the Northern Shenandoah Valley and around the world. Ensembles constantly engage with Shenandoah’s dynamic faculty and an array of distinguished guest artists through residencies, workshops and unique performance opportunities.
Shenandoah Conservatory’s low student-teacher ratio allows you to develop strong and supportive relationships with professors—an environment that fosters the intensive mentoring and positive guidance critical for young, career-oriented musicians. This relationship often continues after graduation, where students benefit from teachers who remain mentors and friends for life.
You’ll benefit from the professional artistic level of the faculty for studio accompanying and chamber music experiences.
Our internationally recognized faculty and world-renowned visiting artists inspire on the highest artistic levels and offer instruction and insights into the art of collaboration.
Experience the world-renowned Shenandoah Conservatory and study with master teachers – more than 100 professionals in music, theatre, dance and arts management.
Shenandoah Conservatory’s prestigious faculty is dynamic, creative, and passionately committed to the highest levels of artistic excellence. A deeply caring community, they mentor students with a wealth of professional expertise, balancing rigorous expectations with compassion and wisdom. At Shenandoah, you will study with, and perform for, award-winning composers, Metropolitan Opera singers, Grammy Award winning conductors and international competition winners. You will learn from leading scholars in music and premiere works created by accomplished dance artists and cutting-edge directors. Shenandoah Conservatory’s faculty embodies the highest levels of professional accomplishment and the deepest commitment to furthering the artistic growth and creative aspirations of students in every discipline.
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Students interested in this program should also look into these other majors, graduate degrees, minors, and certificates.
These majors are similar to this program:
- Musical Theatre Accompanying
- Bachelor of Music in Performance (Guitar, Organ, Piano, Wind, Strings, Percussion or Voice)
These minors complement this program well:
You may want to think about enhancing your degree with these certificates that pair well with this program:
Most students in this program choose to continue their education by earning a graduate degree:
Application and Audition Information
Shenandoah University works on rolling admissions. Applications are reviewed individually and holistically.
Submit your application, review required admissions materials, and find our admissions standards.
Admission to Shenandoah Conservatory is highly competitive. Not only must students be academically admissible, they must also complete and pass the mandatory audition/portfolio review and interview process. Audition dates are limited and may fill and close well in advance of the audition date.
Acceptable Instruments for This Program
Not all majors are suitable to fit every instrument. Below are the acceptable instruments for this program.
- Piano (classical)
Make studying abroad the highlight of your college experience! Whether you go for a year, a semester, or just a few weeks, you will never forget learning in another culture! The Center for International Programs is here to help you plan your study abroad experience. Start your planning early to ensure the courses you complete abroad count toward your degree and you graduate on time.
Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program
The Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program offers Shenandoah students a short-term, faculty-led, study-abroad experience for academic credit. These short-term, credit-bearing, faculty-led programs are offered winter break, spring break, and during the summer. If a course is not within your major, it might be used as an elective.
Shenandoah University is a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), a global network of 300 universities. This partnership allows students to study for a full semester or year at other member campuses abroad. By working closely with their academic advisors and the study abroad advisor, students can take classes taught in English abroad while receiving Shenandoah credit.
Shenandoah University also maintains direct partnerships with several universities around the world. These relationships allow students from SU to study abroad as exchange students and students from these universities to study at SU. All partner universities offer courses taught in English.
Fast-Track to Arts Management
Accelerated PALM Program
The Master of Science in Performing Arts Leadership and Management is designed to provide future performing arts executives and artistic leaders with the industry skills required in the 21st century. The accelerated program in Performing Arts Leadership and Management is available for current Shenandoah Conservatory undergraduates who, upon completion of their undergraduate degree, wish to obtain a Master of Science in Performing Arts Leadership and Management in just one year. Students who are accepted into the accelerated program will begin to take arts leadership and management courses during their undergraduate studies and register for internship during the summer between senior year and their final year of graduate study.