The Value of Performance

An emphasis on performance is at the core of every degree program in the Ithaca College School of Music. Under the guidance of professionals on the faculty, graduate students continue their development as performers, composers, conductors, and music educators. As soloists and in ensembles, students become part of the rich musical life of the school, where more than 300 recitals, concerts, musicals, operas, and other productions are given each year. Ithaca ensembles also appear throughout the United States and in Europe in touring productions and concerts. 

Quality Ensembles

With several established ensembles and countless informal groups, graduate students are never at a loss for ways to hone their performance skills. Choices include

  • Brass choir
  • Chamber orchestra
  • Choir
  • Chorus
  • Concert band
  • Contemporary chamber ensemble
  • Guitar ensemble
  • Madrigal singers
  • Opera workshop
  • Percussion ensemble
  • Piano ensemble
  • Symphonic band
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Vocal jazz ensemble
  • Wind ensemble
  • Women’s chorale

Beyond Campus

In addition to their on-campus performances, several ensembles tour annually. These groups have won critical acclaim for their work in New York City at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Elsewhere in the United States, our students have performed in Boston, Washington D.C., as well as throughout New York State and New England. And students interested in international experience have ample opportunities to tour overseas; groups have recently performed in locations such as London, Dublin, and Ireland.

Students prepare for musical performances through weekly private lessons and one-hour repertory classes with major teachers and fellow students. Repertory classes provide opportunities for students to perform for each other, review performance techniques, and meet guest artists. 

Please see the Calendar of Events for the latest information on upcoming performances and events.