Why Choose Nazareth for Music Performance?

The music performance degree program provides professional-level performance training for students who aspire to be professional musicians. Performance experience lies at the heart of the program. You'll perform constantly — in concerts, recitals, and collaboratively with fellow students, while sophomore and senior solo recitals are required.

In addition, a wealth of extracurricular performance experiences include master class and recital performances, faculty/student outings to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and other concerts.

Unique to the performance degree is the study of pedagogy — the art of teaching — that includes a studio teaching sequence. Under faculty supervision, you'll practice giving other students music instruction, which helps you learn more about your art as well as prepares you for graduate school assistantship opportunities or music teaching.

Our goal is to develop musical ambassadors — performers, teachers, and clinicians — who extend the art of music through musical performance, masterful teaching, and creative leadership.

Program Highlights

  • You have numerous opportunities to perform and benefit from our new, 550-seat Glazer Music Performance Center. The state-of-the-art building is designed to provide excellent acoustics for large instrumental and vocal ensembles, to integrate multimedia collaborations, and to enable live recording.
  • Attend weekly hour-long private lessons and studio classes.
  • Guest concert performances, master classes, and faculty recitals expose you to a wide variety of music and opportunities to meet performing professionals.
  • You have the opportunity to participate in an annual concert/aria competition.
  • Train at a conservatory in Athens, enhance opera vocal techniques with a private instructor in Florence, learn West African percussion in Ghana, and more.
  • The emphasis on applied music study enables you to assume leadership roles as an independent professional musician and prepares you for entrance into graduate degree programs.
  • Graduates have been awarded scholarships and teaching assistantships for graduate study and are employed as teachers and performers in public school, collegiate, community, and church settings.

How to Audition

Auditions are required for this major. View audition details and register.

Contact Information

Jacob M. Ertl

Jacob M. Ertl

Associate Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, Program Director for the BM in Music Performance in School of Music
Glazer Music Performance Ctr 115

Education: B.M., Oberlin Conservatory of Music; M.M and D.M.A, Eastman School of Music

Teaching & Research Interests: Performs internationally including Europe, Israel, Mexico, Panama, Canada and throughout the United States. Debuts at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in NYC and numerous international festival appearances. Advocate of community outreach, hundreds of performances as a PianoArts Artist-in Residence Fellow. Presents numerous master classes at colleges, universities, and arts high schools. Faculty member at summer music festivals such as Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Dakota Sky International Piano Festival Young Artists Program. Performing artist at Lake George Music Festival.

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Maria Russo, alum of music performance degree program, music performance major at Nazareth College

Alumni Spotlight: Maria Russo ’77

Dramatic soprano of international renown

Maria sang all the Brünnhildes in the history-making, four-year project that culminated in the very first Ring of the Nibelung ever produced in Brazil. It took place in the famous Teatro Amazonas theatre in Manaus and garnered a large international audience and worldwide press in 2005.

Example Careers

  • Orchestral musician
  • Private music teacher
  • Community orchestra
  • Band musician
  • Church music director
  • Conductor
  • College faculty member
  • Professional accompanist

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Annual recitals in the Rochester community
  • Performances at George Eastman House
  • Attendance at annual NYS Music Teachers National Association State Conference
  • Berlin-Brandenburgisches Symphony Orchestra
  • Student conductors for the Hochstein Youth Orchestra

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Santa Fe Opera
  • Northwestern University
  • Ithaca College
  • Eastman School of Music
  • DePaul University
  • New England Conservatory
  • Boston University