The Doctor Of Musical Arts In Performance prepares aspiring artists for meaningful and satisfying careers as Artist-Teachers in higher education.
Shenandoah Conservatory proudly announces the launch of a newly revised Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Performance curriculum that carefully balances the refinement of performance skills with a solid academic foundation. The degree is designed to better enable a three-year completion while positioning graduates for career success in higher education. Targeted course work in music performance, career skills navigation, music literature and theory provide the necessary skills to be a successful 21st century artist-teacher.
Specialize In One Of These Emphases:
- Woodwind Doubling
Shenandoah Conservatory faculty are recognized in the United States and beyond as renowned performers and pedagogues. DMA students benefit from intimate class seminars, an innovative curriculum, engaged faculty and highly networked artist-teachers.
- Perform at a level commensurate with a national or international performance career;
- Develop skills necessary to function effectively as a university-level teacher;
- Develop research and writing skills; and
- Develop and utilize the career navigation strategies necessary to gain a competitive position in higher education.
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Performance Opportunities and Ensembles
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 Performances
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 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.
Application and Audition Information
Admission to Shenandoah Conservatory graduate programs is highly competitive and the audition schedule fills rapidly. Early application and audition registration is recommended.
Acceptable Instruments for This Program
Review the acceptable instruments for this program:
- Collaborative Piano
- Double Bass (classical)
- French Horn
- Guitar (classical)
- Percussion (classical)
- Piano (classical)
- Saxophone (classical)
- Trombone (classical)
- Trumpet (classical)