Performance (Orchestral Instrument), BMUS

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The BMus program in performance with a concentration in an orchestral instrument focuses on the study of music literature and techniques on a specific orchestral instrument. Students receive coaching from world-renowned faculty and visiting guest artists, attend masterclasses, and receive extensive performance experience in large ensembles as a chamber musician and as a soloist.

Students study a specific orchestral instrument intensively with a faculty member for eight semesters including major repertoire, solo literature and chamber music. Training is focused toward preparing students for a career in orchestral or chamber groups, in military bands or as a private lesson instructor. Students learn skills that prepare them for auditions and learn how to network with other musicians, how to market themselves professionally, and how to schedule and organize recitals and performances.

Program Offered

Performance (Orchestral Instrument), BMUS

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


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Application Deadlines
Spring 2021: October 15, 2020
Fall 2021: January 5, 2021

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Career Outlook

Graduates are prepared to work in various professional or entrepreneurial capacities, including:

  • performing as a concert soloist, as a freelance musician in venues such as art galleries, churches, clubs, cruise ships, resorts, restaurants and theme parks, or performing in orchestras, chamber music ensembles, music theatre and opera pit ensembles
  • presenting school and community programs
  • recording and studio work
  • teaching privately or as part of a college or university program
  • working in music-related fields such as media production, music business, publishing and marketing

Many graduates pursue a master's degree or a doctorate in music or in another professional field.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Music Composers and Arrangers5.7%$50,590
Music Directors5.7%$50,590
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners1.2%$36,530
Musicians, Instrumental6%*

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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