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Launch your career as a performer.

Prepare to perform in an opera, musical, recording studio, orchestra, band, chorus, chamber ensemble or as a soloist. Our program will help you refine your abilities in music performance to begin working or pursuing graduate studies after graduation. You will have a multitude of individual and group performance opportunities including solo competitions, workshops, masterclasses, and national and international travel with our ensembles.

  • 100%

    of students perform in solo recitals

  • 100%

    of graduates who pursued graduate school were accepted to their first or second choice

  • 16

    large vocal and instrumental ensembles for your participation

High-Quality Education

Extensive Private Instruction Ensembles and Performance Opportunities Faculty of Renowned Performers

As a music performance major, you will receive extensive private instruction in your area of specialization. Solo recitals will enhance your performance skills and you will take special courses related to your performance area. For example, vocalists take classes in diction and vocal literature, while keyboard players may take classes in pedagogy.

A variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles allow students the opportunity to perform regularly on and off campus.

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Our faculty bring years of professional experience and performance techniques to you in the classroom.

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Visit Campus

Interested in learning more about music performance? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-3936. You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

Featured Programs and Initiatives

The Dayton Opera Apprentice Program

An innovative opportunity for students to expand their horizons and gain experience in the field of vocal performance. Students are required to audition and receive written feedback from the artistic director, conductor and chorus master. The program consists of a research component, coaching and participation in all rehearsals and performances of a Dayton Opera production.

Auditions and Scholarships

Students who wish to be admitted into a Bachelor of Music degree program must complete an audition. Scholarship opportunities are available and awarded to students who participate in audition day.

Experiential Learning

Real-World Experience

Through practical learning opportunities like internships and co-ops, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


Department of Music

Fitz Hall, Room 475
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2946


average class size in general music courses