Whether they teach privately or in public schools, perform with symphony orchestras or chamber ensembles, work in arts management or publishing, all music graduates have a common bond: they are serious musicians who evolved into professionals within Ithaca's supportive, distinctive community.

Serious Musicians. Serious Success.

Ithaca graduates pursue careers in professional performance, teaching, arts administration, music merchandising, instrument manufacturing, recreational music, music publishing, sound recording, and throughout the entertainment and concert industry. In fact, Ithaca's graduates work in almost every imaginable field of music. 

Not only do Ithaca graduates have the advantage of the school's strong reputation in music circles throughout the country, but they also have assistance in career planning from a member of the music staff in cooperation with the College's Office of Career Services. 

In addition, many Ithaca alumni have been actively involved with the Center for Music and have served as resources for career opportunities for our current students, As a result, the school's graduates have achieved an exceptional level of job placement success. 

Performing with the Best

Our graduates have been members of such organizations as: 

  • Ars Nova String Quartet
  • Baltimore Symphony
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Chicago Symphony
  • Cleveland Orchestra
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Metropolitan Opera
  • National Symphony
  • New York Philharmonic
  • Philadelphia Orchestra
  • St. Louis Symphony
  • Toronto Symphony
  • U.S. Army Band
  • U.S. Marine Band ("The President's Own")

Featured Alumni

Noako Takada, M.M. '01
Concert percussionist
First prize winner (2002) Young Concert Artists International Auditions

Sharon Sweet, M.M. '78
Has performed with the Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Opera, and Metropolitan Opera

Other notable alumni include:

Chun-Ming Chen, graduate student at Ithaca College, participated in the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Conducting Competition in December 2010.
Hantao Li and Mengfei Xu Earn National Recognition at 20th Annual United States Open Music Competition in California
Kristina Jackson to present lecture-recital at international, interdisciplinary song institute.
Mark Martin has accepted a teaching position at the Suzuki School in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Patrick (MM conducting '13) presented his research on Messiaen at the 2012 Whalen Symposium, at which he won an Outstanding Student Research Prize
Sarah Jenkins one of eight semi-finalists in graduate student conducting competition.