Get on stage early and often
We'll make sure you feel at home on the stage.
From your first semester, you can take advantage of opportunities to perform in our many choral, instrumental, opera and chamber music ensembles. You can perform in our weekly department recitals, and you'll give a solo recital in both your junior and senior years. With no graduate students, the focus and attention is on you!
Off stage, you'll get a thorough education in music theory and history, including repertoire and pedagogy classes for your instrument from professors who are experienced educators and active performers.
Enjoy bright, airy rehearsal and performance facilities—even our practice rooms have windows!
Our finest venue for live music, Stretansky Concert Hall, seats 320 and is used for everything from student recitals to fully staged opera performances with orchestra. The acoustics are amazing.
Performance of a lifetime
Your music education won't be limited to campus. Study overseas through our award-winning GO program, and you'll be a comfortable world traveler who's ready to participate in music festivals at home or abroad with international artists after you graduate.
Whether you want a career on stage, in an orchestra or teaching the next generation of musicians in a private studio, our music performance degree can get you there. Adding an interdisciplinary minor, like arts administration, helps you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.
Graduates frequently earn advanced music degrees at respected institutions like Peabody Institute of Music, New England Conservatory of Music or Yale University and move on to careers as performers, college professors or private teachers.
A Susquehanna education provides students with flexibility in coursework so they can conduct research, intern and study abroad. When it comes to your major, you’ll begin taking classes in your chosen program of study in your first year.
Here are some of the courses that music performance majors take in their first few semesters at Susquehanna.
- Survey of World Music
- Theory I and II
- Ear Training I and II
- Lessons and Ensembles
Download the current course catalog on this page to see the full list of classes and course descriptions for Susquehanna’s majors.
Graduates have gone on to graduate school at:
University of Florida
University of Southern Maine
Stony Brook University
University of North Texas
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Eastman School of Music
University of Michigan
New England Conservatory of Music
Peabody Institute of Music
Pennsylvania State University
Graduates have gone on to jobs at:
Milton Area High School
Atonement Lutheran Church
Staats Operette Dresden
University of North Texas College of Music
South Shore Symphony Orchestra
Pinellas Youth Symphony
University of Connecticut
Loyalsock Township School District
Stone Hill Middle School
Jumoke Academy Charter Schools
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Music Theory & Ear Training
Choral ensembles provide students with unique musical experiences on and off campus.
The Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band perform a wide repertoire in a challenging and rewarding environment.
Pianists and organists perform in a range of solo, chamber, and large ensemble settings on the finest instruments.
A traditional big band and small combos appear at a variety of venues.
Small ensembles offer opportunities to study highly specialized literature.
The Opera Studio performs fully-staged productions with orchestra in addition to programs of opera scenes.
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theaters with orchestra pits
The program provides the surrounding communities with lifelong learning opportunities for professional music study and enrichment activities in an academic environment, including individual lessons in voice, piano, organ, and most band and orchestra instruments, along with group music classes for infants through adults.
The hallmark of the program is the rich collaboration among music faculty, music students, and the children and adults who take lessons and classes.Read More