Music Performance – String/Wind/Brass Instruments, Harp, and Percussion, MM

Offered in: Chicago

The purpose of the Orchestral Instrument Performance Programs at CCPA is to prepare students for careers as solo, chamber, and ensemble performers, and to routinize in students the habits consistent with success in the professional environment. The graduate program's objectives are to:

  • develop and refine technical and musical skills with study and performance of challenging and advanced repertory;
  • provide ongoing ensemble performing experiences, with higher expectations for leadership in collaborative musical situations;
  • prepare students for the rigorous demands of the music profession by teaching the discipline and self-motivation necessary to achieve excellence;
  • introduce students to the traditions, operations, practices, and opportunities of the professional symphony orchestra;
  • provide opportunities to investigate topics and repertories in advanced coursework.

Development of repertory and technique is assessed at juries, and at the recital presented in the fourth semester. The recital must include 60 minutes of music; the program is at the discretion of the major teacher in consultation with the area program head where applicable. Jury and recital requirements are published in the Music Conservatory Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements

Please consult the CCPA Admission and Audition Information webpage for audition requirements for orchestral instrumentalists.  

Requirements

The minimum passing grade in the major sequence (Applied Music 411-414 and the Graduate Recital) is B-.

Applied Music 411-414 (major instrument I-IV)16
Graduate Recital1
Performance Class for program area (four semesters)0
Large Instrumental Ensemble4
MAS 401STYLE AND LITERATURE3
Music Academic Electives 19
PERF 423ORCHESTRAL SEMINAR I1
PERF 424ORCHESTRAL SEMINAR II1
PERF 499GRAD COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW0
Major Specifics
Complete the applicable major specific requirements4-6
Total Credit Hours39-41
1

 Music academic electives will include a minimum of two MAS (Music Academic Studies) courses. Other 400-level courses in subject areas MCMP (Music Composition), MTA (Music Theory and Analysis), or MUHL (Music History and Literature) may be taken in fufillment of this requirement.

Major Specifics

Double Bass Only
PERF 435ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS - BASS (four semesters))4
Harp Only
PERF 401ADV STUDY/ PERF ORCH REP I2
PERF 402ADV STUDY/ PERF ORCH REP II2
Violin, Viola, and Violoncello Only
Orchestral Excerpts (two semesters)2
Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Winds, Brass, and Percussion Only
Chamber Music (four semesters)4