Music Performance

B.S. in Music Performance prepares students for graduate school, careers in performance, and private, class-studio, and collegiate teaching.

Program Highlights


You can choose to focus on vocal, piano, guitar, or orchestral instruments in your program.


All music performance majors participate in an ensemble and perform junior and senior recitals.

B.S. Program Credits Vary by Instrument Choice

Liberal Arts Credits: 60

Major/Concentration Credits: 79 (Guitar), 81 (Orchestral), 78 (Piano), 79 (Voice)

Standard Completion Time
Four Year Program


What Will I Learn?

You will be prepared for a career as a soloist, orchestral musician, opera singer, private or collegiate music teacher, church musician, accompanist, or any other professional musician opportunities. A Music Performance degree will qualify you to enter quality graduate program to pursue a musical career of your choice. 

Where Can It Take Me?


  • Soloist
  • Orchestral musician
  • Chamber ensemble musician
  • Opera singer
  • Recording artist
  • Private studio or school music teacher
  • Church musician
  • Collegiate-level teacher
  • Worship leader
  • Accompanist/collaborative artist 
  • Arts administrator/manager
  • Historical performer of early instruments
  • Adjudicator
  • Music therapist
  • Composer/arranger
  • Film Scoring
  • Jazz musician
  • Conductor
  • Orchestra personnel manager
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Musicologist
  • Music theorist
  • Clinician/presenter
  • Community or institution arts director
  • Chair of music department

Venues Students Have Performed

  • Metropolitan Opera
  • National Council Audition
  • Classical Singer Competition
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition
  • Amalfi Coast Festival
  • Finger Lakes Opera Company
  • Amore Opera
  • NY Charleston Symphony Orchestra
  • Rochester Philharmonic
  • Caramoor Festival


Graduate Schools

  • Cincinnati College Conservatory
  • Peabody Conservatory
  • Northwestern
  • Westminster Choir College
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Ithaca College
  • DePaul University
  • University of Connecticut
  • Zürich University of the Arts

Alumni Success

alumni jessica moss

Jessica Moss '14

M.M. in Vocal Performance GA

The Peabody Conservatory

Brittany Hebel ‘10

Opera Singer

American Opera Society Memorial Gala with Baritone Richard Ollarsaba
Sarasota Opera Apprentice Artist

Seth Rawleigh '13

Master's Student, Solo tuba performance

Zürich University of the Arts, Zürich, Switzerland

Who Will I Meet?


Constance Fee, Associate Professor of Vocal Performance, Director of Vocal Studies

“Constance Fee will return to the voice faculty of the Crescendo Summer Music Institute in Tokaj, Hungary, this July, where she will teach college-age and young professional singers from over 20 different countries. The spring 2016 semester concluded with RWC Opera Theatre’s successful performances of Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief with orchestra, along with scenes from The Magic Flute and La Bohème. In the past year, she received the RWC Faculty Professional Activity Award, and her students have been offered scholarships to graduate programs at Cincinnati and Peabody Conservatories, Juilliard, Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music, Guildhall-London, Bard College, and Westminster Choir College, where she is president of the Alumni Council.”


Kaitlyn Newman, Music Performance '19

"Roberts gives me the best of both worlds as I get to combine my love of performing and my faith. I love studying with the renowned music faculty here and they are really teaching me how to be the best musician and performer I can be. I intend to use my double performance degree in voice and clarinet to perform and spread my love of music and of Christ to other people."




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