Music Performance - Orchestral Instrument

  • Bachelor of Music
  • Major

Music is your life, your passion – it allows you to touch the humanity of others. You wish to strengthen your performance skills and broaden your musical and personal horizons. No matter your instrument, at Stetson you will find a dedicated studio teacher and the most passionate ensemble directors anywhere. Put in the practice time, and you will be prepared in technique, expression, repertoire studies and even pedagogy as you go on into your chosen career.

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Music Music Performance - Guitar Music Performance - Organ Music Performance - Piano Music Performance - Voice


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Program Overview

You will perform frequently in concerts and student recitals in historic Elizabeth Hall. The annual Concerto Competition offers opportunities for solo performances with the Stetson Orchestra. You may audition for three large instrumental ensembles, chamber ensembles and for other performing opportunities, and you may get experience the pit of a fully staged musical or opera. The symphonic band has a history of performing at national concert events, the jazz ensemble performs throughout the state and nationally, and chamber ensembles have participated in national competitions, including MTNA, Fishoff and Colemann competitions.

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Program Benefits

Every student prepares a junior and senior recital with the guidance of their major professor. Many students compete annually in state, regional and national competitions. 

This major will prepare you for graduate study or a career as a professional musician. The School of Music offers a course in career skills that helps connect you with the professional world. In this course, you participate in an ongoing, personal dialogue with professional musicians, learn auditioning skills, gather information on entrepreneurial skills, agents, unions and business practices in the music profession, and gain practical experience through internships. You can also use summer break to participate in internships and as participants in summer music programs, including Aspen, Interlochen, Blue Lake, Tanglewood and Brevard.

Presser Hall and McMahan Hall, the university's music buildings, include three ensemble rehearsal halls, 32 practice rooms, 30 teaching studios, computer lab, a percussion studio and three computerized voice labs.


Career Significance

As a Stetson music student, you will be prepared to enter graduate programs at the best schools of music and conservatories in the country. Stetson graduates attend The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Yale University, Northwestern University, Rice University, the University of Michigan and Indiana University, among others. The Stetson curriculum includes training in conducting and pedagogy, which help prepare you for jobs in church music, managing professional ensembles and maintaining private teaching studios.

Success Stories

Stetson graduates include an Emmy winner, Metropolitan Opera singers, cast members of national and international touring musicals, university professors, musician/entrepreneurs and performers with orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Violinist Stephen Fillare earned a masters in conducting in New York City and has played as concert master in the pit for performances of Puccini, Leoncavallo and Tchaikovsky at the Martha Cardona Theater, the New Rochelle Opera Company, with the Garden State Philharmonic and many other festival orchestras. Cellist Jesse Christeson has played repeated seasons at Tanglewood and as a member of various professional orchestras, including as principal cellist of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Hassan Anderson went on to graduate school at Juilliard as an oboist. Many award-winning trombonists, clarinetists, saxophonists and other players are performing in major ensembles and holding teaching posts around the country. You won't have to look far to find a Stetson alumnus leading or playing in the professional music world.

Career Outlook

The demand for talent is always high, and students graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree, whether in composition, performance or theory, will discover career paths aligned to their specific talents and capabilities. Some students go on to more in-depth study in graduate programs, and some find their calling by bringing music to their communities and schools. The Career Insight tool is built on a national database of job openings, postings and requirements, but for many students in Stetson's School of Music, career connections are made during their course of study and through their practice and performance, and with the guidance of their faculty and colleagues. Approximately one-third of positions related to performing arts and teaching ask for a Bachelor's degree, and nearly half of all openings are for candidates with one to two years of experience — a good indication there is demand for music graduates.

Source: Burning Glass Technologies 2019.

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