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Music Performance At The Conservatory Of Music

At Capital, as a Performance major you have the opportunity to focus your training in your chosen area of interest. You’ll be mentored and taught through personalized instruction by faculty who themselves are world-class performers and music educators. You’ll begin your studies with classes in theory, history and world music and then progress to a dedicated focus on performance. This major is best suited for students who wish to pursue a professional career in performance. Admission is by audition and audition requirements vary by area of emphasis.

Perform. Collaborate. Create. Begin your encore with us.

Mastering the skills you need to perform – on any stage.


Whether it’s an audience of three or three thousand, you were born to perform. And life on the stage is where it all happens for you. A Bachelor of Music Performance degree emphasizes the study of performance in one of four areas: instrumental, organ, piano, or vocal. Each area includes wide-ranging experiences from solo and stage performances, to participating in ensembles of all sizes and musical combinations. Added to that is a strong core music curriculum taught by some of the finest professors of music. Combining the depth of our Conservatory education with broad-based academic study through Capital’s signature learning courses, you’ll graduate as a well-trained and adaptable musician.


Mentoring Relationships


Placement in Regional and National Competitions


Ensembles. Daily Performances.

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Experiential Learning

As a performance major, a wide range of performance experiences are a foundational part of your curriculum. The Conservatory hosts more than 200 events annually and sponsors more than 50 student ensembles. In addition to group performance, your performance career is also highly personal. All performance students complete both a half and full year recital during their junior and senior years. Because we are located right next to Columbus, Ohio, you’ll have additional opportunities to perform with local arts organizations and churches. Finally, we’ll expand your audiences and your professional network by sponsoring your participation in notable regional and national music competitions. The possibilities are waiting for you.

Program Philosophy

Unrivaled faculty support, personalized instruction, and commitment to performance experiences are the hallmarks of the Performance degree. Because each student has unique talents and career goals, we approach your education and training, individually. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from faculty who are not only top-tier educators, but are active and renown performers, composers, and musicians. Their talent is integrated into their teaching, and it shows in every class, every rehearsal, and every performance.

The Performance program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Admission and Audition

Students planning to study Performance need to complete a two-part process to gain admittance to the program.

  1. Submit your admission application to Capital University along with the required supporting documents.
  2. Once you are academically admitted to Capital University, you will be able to submit an audition application and register for your audition date by clicking on the reply form found on your status page.

For specific audition dates and requirements by instrument or area of interest, please use the Emphasis Requirements tool.

Sample Classes

  • Applied lessons on Principal Instrument
  • Music Theory and Audiation
  • Ensemble
  • Pedagogy
  • Music History
  • Conducting
  • World Music
“When I started at Capital, I didn’t know what opportunities were in store for me. I got into the choir, began voice lessons, and fell in love with the culture. Even my college visit solidified to me that everyone who attended Capital had an unwavering kindness and driven energy about them. I knew that I needed a place that was going to have a community of students and faculty that supported me.”

-Christopher Humbert, Vocal Performance. Class of 2019

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