Why Choose Nazareth for Music Performance?

The music performance major 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.

Program Highlights

  • Emphasis on applied music study so students can assume leadership roles as independent professional musicians and for entrance into graduate degree programs.
  • Attend weekly hour-long private lessons, studio class.
  • Guest concert performances, master classes, and faculty recitals expose students to a wide variety of music and an opportunity to meet performing professionals.
  • Music performance majors have numerous opportunities to perform.
  • 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.
  • An annual concert/area competition.

Typical Class Schedule:

Instrumental

Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Piano

Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Voice

Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Contact Information

Beverly A. Smoker

Beverly A. Smoker

Professor
585-389-2696
bsmoker5@naz.edu
Arts Center 73
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.

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