Concordia is, without a doubt, a rich atmosphere in which to ascend as a performing musician. A dedication to the Performance concentration will place the most challenging repertoire in front of students through rigorous one-on-one training with a highly accomplished professional performer as well as numerous ensemble performances that include expectations of musical leadership. Concordia graduates who have moved on to graduate school regularly comment that Concordia's performance atmosphere is richer than large schools for musician development because the strongest young undergraduates have opportunities to rise to principal chairs sooner while being challenged with a heavy, diverse performing schedule that is impossible for students at large, over-crowded music schools. When entering graduate school, they feel like more seasoned performers than their peers who attended brand name music schools.
For those with a heightened degree of dedication and concentration, Concordia can be an ideal training ground for a musical performer. However, Concordia will not train musicians to make the majority of their living through full-time performance, which is an extreme rarity. We will prepare students to perform with professional-level standards in an exceptional academic environment, which could propel students to further graduate study, and which likely will propel them to become professors, teachers, and music directors who are best attuned to the highest standards in music, and capable of a work ethic that few professionals in any industry can match.
If you would like to have a conversation with a professor about the Piano Performance Concentration, please contact Dr. Tom Mueller.
Piano Performance Concentration
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