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B.M. in Music Performance

Music Performance

Bachelor of Music Degree Program

What You'll Learn

Ohio University's performance faculty provides comprehensive study through private instruction, large and small ensemble experiences, chamber music, pedagogy and literature courses, and master classes.

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Performance majors are prepared to perform repertoire from all periods available to their instrument or voice. Experience in solo, chamber music, and large ensemble performance is required. The program is a pre-professional course of study that prepares students to pursue advanced graduate degree programs in performance, to engage in professional performance activities, or to establish private teaching studios.

Career Opportunities

The discipline and critical insights gained from pursuing a professional degree in music can also have implications for other career options. Many individuals holding bachelor of music degrees have gone on to pursue distinguished professional careers in law, medicine, administration, and other fields.

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The Bachelor of Music Performance degree curriculum is rooted in applied music study with significant components in practical and academic skills. The degree program is designed for students demonstrating exceptional talent, technical aptitude, potential to interpret advanced repertoire, and those who are ready to commit to the rigorous preparation necessary to fully develop their artistic talents and abilities.

Applying to the Program

All students who seek admission to Ohio University with a major in Music must audition. The audition is for both admission and talent-based scholarship decisions.

More information on School of Music Undergraduate Admissions

Music Performance Faculty

Area Chairs:

Dr. Michele Fiala
Associate Professor of Oboe, Woodwind Division Chair

Professor John Schlabach
Professor of Trumpet

Dr. Dawn Dongeun Wohn
Assistant Professor of Strings

Professor Roger Braun
Professor of Percussion

Dr. Christopher Fisher
Professor of Piano; Chair, Keyboard Division, Music

Voice and Opera
Debra Rentz
Lecturer in Voice Division

Contemporary Music and Digital Instruments (CDMI)
Dr. Sean Parsons
Associate Professor of Instruction

William Talley 
Director of Bands

Jazz Studies
Dr. Matthew James
Professor of Saxophones & Jazz Studies


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