Shenandoah’s Master of Music in Performance prepares you for a fulfilling career as a performing artist.
You’ll study with faculty who are inspiring performers and passionate teachers, perform in ensembles led by challenging conductors, work with exciting and world-renowned guest artists, and enjoy opportunities for international travel.
You’ll be trained as a comprehensive musician. Our broad yet focused approach, with faculty who are excellent performers and role models, gives you the foundation to reach your goals.
Specialize in one of these emphases:
- Instrumental (Brass, Winds, Strings, Guitar or Percussion)
- Woodwind Doubling
Our program is designed for exceptionally talented performers seeking careers as concert artists, private teachers or college teachers. You’ll experience:
- intense study in your primary instrument
- concentrated study in music theory, counterpoint, history and literature
- development as an accomplished performer in large ensembles and in chamber groups
- coursework in the business of the arts
- clinic opportunities from guest lecturers and interactions with a vibrant community of classical and jazz musicians
- performing on recording projects in a world-class recording studio
- preparation for further study as a graduate student
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 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.