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Performance Department
  • The Performance area within Capital’s Conservatory of Music combines a meticulous course curriculum with flexibility to offer students a personalized Performance degree. Capital’s high standards and small size present a Conservatory atmosphere that is competitive, yet full of opportunity. Students in the Performance area are able to play in numerous performing ensembles and study with faculty of the highest caliber, all while experiencing the enrichment of a superior music education and the performance opportunities present in a city the size of Columbus.

    The Performance Department within Capital's Conservatory of Music offers Bachelor of Music degrees in Instrumental Performance, Vocal Performance, Keyboard Pedagogy, and Jazz Studies.


    Performing Ensembles 

    Performance Department Photo Gallery 

    Conservatory of Music iTunesU page (requires iTunes)

    Instrumental Performance

    The Instrumental Area within the Conservatory of Music is a vibrant collection of talented and actively performing musicians. All of our teachers bring a wealth of professional performing and teaching experience to the students at Capital. From performances with professional orchestras to chamber music, our professors indeed "practice what they teach" on a daily basis. All Conservatory majors receive a 50-minute weekly lesson covering advanced performance techniques and the best of the solo literature.

    As an institution dedicated to undergraduate instruction, all students at Capital receive lessons with a member of the Conservatory faculty. While this remains true for applied lessons, it is also true of all of our classes - each one is taught by a professor who is an expert in their particular discipline.

    Instrumental Performance majors in the Conservatory of Music have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of ensembles, from full-scale orchestra to string quartets, Big Band to jazz combos, symphonic bands to quintets, instrument choirs, and more. Information about specific studios can be found by clicking below:

    Bass | Bassoon | Clarinet | Flute | Guitar | Horn | Keyboard | Oboe | Percussion | Trombone and Euphonium | Trumpet | Tuba 

    Vocal Performance and Music Theatre Emphasis

    Students who major in vocal performance at Capital University experience an array of performance opportunities within the Conservatory. In addition to Men's, Women's, and mixed choral ensembles, Capital's outstanding Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop forms the core of performance studies for singers. More information about the vocal studios can be found on the voice area page

    Jazz Studies

    Capital's jazz studies program is one of the pioneering programs of its kind, with a strong emphasis on both classroom and applied experiences, including improvisation and composition. The program features a highly intensive study of jazz and contemporary music, combined with traditional theoretical studies, ensemble experience and courses in the arts and sciences.


    A unique opportunity awaits the student composer at Capital. Within the context of one program, composition majors study techniques from the traditional as well as the jazz/contemporary perspective.

    Students learn by studying with nationally -- and internationally - known composers and arrangers who are part of the resident faculty, and with individuals who visit the campus to present lectures, demonstrations and commissioned works.