The concentration in Classical Performance affords students the opportunity to pursue serious study of their individual instrument or voice in a liberal-arts context. The program emphasizes both individual performance and participation in small ensembles. Upon graduation from the program students may choose to pursue advanced study in music, to find employment as performers or private teachers, or to continue to participate in musical activities as an avocation.
Students in the Classical Performance concentration receive applied lessons each semester of the program, and are evaluated through a jury system. In the final year of study, each student in the concentration presents a senior recital. In addition, all students taking applied lessons are involved in chamber ensembles and a larger performing ensemble, and perform at least once a year in a recital or chamber music performance. Students are encouraged to find or create ensembles to perform on campus.
The Mid-Hudson Valley is rich with a variety of cultural events and many opportunities for performance. The Music Department sponsors an on-campus concert series featuring faculty artists and department ensembles, as well as visiting artists. Many of the instrumental faculty perform with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the regional professional orchestra, and others are actively involved as performers, directors, or board members of regional chamber and choral ensembles.
Classical Performance Major Plan (PDF)