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Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance

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Choose Saint Rose for Your Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance

If you live for your art, love to perform, and can’t wait to share your music with others, the Bachelor of Music in Performance at Saint Rose is for you.

Whether you want to inspire your audiences with Vivaldi, soar on the beautiful melodies of Mendelssohn, delve into the complexities of Prokofiev, or premiere a new work by an exciting composer of today, our performance degree is the fast track to your professional music career. Providing comprehensive study of voice or instrument in a rigorous conservatory-style training with a solid liberal-arts education, Saint Rose’s professional program focuses on performance.

You’ll be active in the musical community at Saint Rose and the Capital Region, learn a solid core of music history and theory so you can deconstruct harmony, rhythm, and melody to make music your own, and develop tools for a successful musical career in today’s competitive market.

Our dedicated faculty will challenge you to become the best performer you can be. You’ll learn all of the styles associated with your voice or instrument and develop a solid repertoire to carry with you into your career. You’ll develop your skills through performing in a variety of solo, chamber, and large-ensemble settings. We also train you in entrepreneurship and networking – vital skills in today’s competitive marketplace – so you’re as comfortable promoting yourself as you are performing in the concert hall.

Full Accreditation

The College of Saint Rose is Accredited by The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Audition Requirement

All prospective Music in Performance students must audition in order to be considered for admission with members of the Music Department faculty.

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Program Highlights

You receive the full Saint Rose Music Performance experience:

  • Supportive mentorship
    Study with faculty who have graduated from top conservatories and universities, have recorded with Grammy winners, and are known nationally and around the world
  • Networking & professional growth
    Participate in and attend key performances at major festivals, in metropolitan music hubs, and performance spaces – in both the national and international arena
  • Take the stage
    Perform often, in a variety of venues on and off campus, including our acoustically superior Picotte Recital Hall
  • Professional facilities & equipment
    Learn, practice, and record in our state-of-the-art classrooms, practice rooms, and professional sound studios in the Massry Center for the Arts
  • Connect with professionals
    Learn from prestigious guest professional musicians in master classes and collaborative performances
  • Become a part of our community
    Join Saint Rose’s diverse music community of performance, music-industry and music-education peers


The Bachelor of Music in Performance is intended for music majors who desire a more rigorous and intensive focus on individual performance, both in studies and as a professional career. As such, courses have been designed to assist majors not only in developing their instrument, but in learning about literature, performance practice, and pedagogical approaches.

Also included are courses in entrepreneurship, networking and self-promotion, preparation for auditions, and developing teaching studios and other forms of employment. The degree prepares students to understand and navigate the multi-faceted world of the professional musician, which includes preparing for graduate study and the beginning of their career.

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Love This Class Spotlight: Opera Workshop

Professor Suna Gunther

Today, we staged two scenes: One is from the “Merry Widow” and one is from the “Traviatia,” both of which have famous waltzes.
And one of the fun things about opera workshop is that we can incorporate all of the different elements of staging.”

Exceptional Faculty

Emphasis on inventive hands-on learning

Talented, accomplished, and 100% dedicated to you: Our faculty provide the perfect balance of challenge and support for your inspiration. A 10:1 student-faculty ratio means you receive their undivided attention and mentorship.

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Sarah Dworjan ’19 – Music Education Alumni,

Alumni Outcomes

Our Alumni have got it figured out.

Music graduates may find employment in public and private studios, as well as in community organizations, and professional musical organizations (chorus, orchestra, etc.) and will expand their professional opportunities as a solo artist as well. other employment opportunities within education. Our music graduates have gone on to pursue advanced study in some of the most prestigious music schools in the country.

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Of course, if you have any questions, please reach out. We’re here to help.

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