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. Students 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—wherein students complete a studio teaching sequence. Under the supervision of a faculty member, they practice giving other students music instruction. In addition to learning more about their art, this opportunity prepares performance students for graduate school assistantship opportunities or music teaching.
The music performance major at Nazareth College not only prepares students to be accomplished musicians, it immerses them in the study of music from more than one perspective. Our goal is to develop musical ambassadors—performers, teachers, and clinicians—who extend the art through musical performance, masterful teaching, and creative leadership.
Education: D.M.A., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; M.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; B.M.E. and B.M., University of Colorado
Teaching and Research Interests: Directing the wind symphony; teaching conducting and brass methods; coordinating the instrumental department; performing in the Wilmot Brass Quintet.
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.