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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
  • Early Music specialist and performer
  • 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
  • Musical instrument builder and repair technician

Students and Graduates Have Performed With

  • Metropolitan Opera
  • Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
  • Sarasota Opera
  • Opera Theatre of St. Louis
  • Washington National Opera
  • Glimmerglass Festival
  • Amalfi Coast Festival
  • Finger Lakes Opera
  • Amore Opera
  • Classical Singer Competition (1st Place Division Winner) 
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition (1st Place Division Winner)
  • Charleston Symphony Orchestra
  • Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Caramoor Festival
  • Teatro Nuovo

Graduate Schools Our Graduates Have Attended

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

Alumni Success

alumni Esther Ting

Esther Ting '18

B.S. in Music Performance
Roberts Wesleyan College '18

M.M. in Choral Conducting
Eastman School of Music (in progress)

Chris Belluscio

Chris Belluscio

Trumpet Performance
Roberts Wesleyan College

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 has been invited to return to the voice faculty of the Crescendo Summer Music Institute in Tokaj, Hungary, in July 2022, where she will teach college-age and young professional singers from over 20 different countries. In the Spring 2022 semester, she will direct Roberts students in the RWC Opera Theatre production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte.  A recipient of the RWC Faculty Professional Activity Award, her students have been offered full and partial scholarships to graduate vocal performance programs at Juilliard, Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music, Guildhall-London, Bard College, and the Cincinnati, New England, and Peabody Conservatories, and they have performed with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Washington National Opera, Sarasota Opera, and the Aspen Festival.


Paul Shewan, Interim Chair & Director of Instrumental Studies 

Paul Shewan, Interim Chair of Music and Performing Arts is Professor of Instrumental Music Studies. He teaches conducting, trumpet, brass ensembles, and conducts the orchestra and Wind Ensemble. As an active soloist and conductor, he has conducted the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions and is also a member of the trumpet section. With over 20,000 views of his solo trumpet and instructional videos on YouTube and Instagram, he remains a dedicated educator and mentor to the music students at RWC.




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