Orchestral Instrument Performance

Achieve technical and musical competence in performance at a professional level in the Master of Music in Orchestral Instrument Performance.

Enjoy strong mentorships with faculty and collaboration with renowned artists through guest artist residencies and experience ample performing opportunities in ensembles of the highest calibre.


  • Excellence in performing ability
  • Bachelor of Music degree, or equivalent


The thesis will consist of two full-length recitals, or the equivalent, with emphasis on solo works, but also including representative chamber works.


You must complete a total of 36 credits in

  • 520A Introduction to Music Research - 3 credits (Ref. 1)
  • 521A (for WPB instruments) Seminar in Performance Practices - 3 credits
  • 521D (for string instruments) Seminar in Performance Practices - 3 credits
  • 550 Large Instrumental Ensemble - 8 credits
  • 593 Music Performance (593C strings; 593D brass/woodwind) - 6 credits (Ref. 2)
  • 549 Thesis - 6 credits (Ref. 2)
  • Music Elective(s) - 10 credits (Ref. 3)

  1. Music 520A must be taken in the first term of graduate study. Students who have had a similar course previously may be exempted from this requirement; please see the Student Advisor or chair of the Graduate Committee. If exempted, students must substitute three 500-level elective credits.
  2. Music 593C/D is to be taken in the first year of study only. Students shall register in Music 549, which includes second-year lessons, beginning in the summer session following the first year of study, and remain registered in it through the completion of the program.
  3. To include at least 4 credits of performance electives (ensembles) drawn from the list below. Electives shall normally be courses at the 500 level, although courses at the 300- and 400-level to a maximum of 6 credits may be included with approval, provided they are not required for the BMus degree in orchestral instrument performance. Courses below the 300 level may not be counted toward graduate-level credit. Students may enroll in 500-level seminars in Music History, Music Theory, and/or Ethnomusicology with the permission of the instructor.

Performance electives are chosen from

  • 506 Orchestral Readings (2 credits)
  • 557 Early Music Ensemble (2 credits)
  • 559 University Chamber Strings (2 credits)
  • 560 String Chamber Ensemble (2 credits)
  • 562 Wind and Percussion Chamber Ensemble (2 credits)
  • 563 Contemporary Players (2 credits)
  • 564 Jazz Ensemble (2 credits)
  • 565 World Music Ensembles
  • 565A Chinese Ensemble (3 credits)
  • 565B Balinese Gamelan (3 credits)
  • 565C Korean Ensemble (3 credits)
  • 565D African Music and Dance Ensemble (3 credits)

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