Performance Concentration

The Performance Concentration is a new opportunity in the Music Department for rising third-year students. In the 3rd and 4th years, a student may work towards a Concentration in Music, an official credit on a student transcript. Students in the Concentration will work with expert performance faculty in a Performance Seminar, they will receive some free accompanist time, they receive Lesson Scholarships for the duration of the two years of study, and they perform a 4th-year recital.

The Concentration in Music Performance is a credential, recorded on the transcript, recognizing significant accomplishment in musical performance by majors in the McIntire Department of Music. The program serves students who are interested in developing their instrumental or vocal performance skills beyond the level required for the B.A. in Music. DMP students and College Arts Scholars may also earn the Performance Concentration, which provides more intensive performance training than either of those programs.

Music majors who study with our performance faculty will be eligible to audition for this Concentration. Areas include jazz, classical music, and select genres of non-Western, popular, and folk music.

  • Second-year Music Majors or those intending to declare the Music Major may apply.
  • Students should already be taking or eligible to take lessons at the 3000 level.
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Admission to the program is by application and audition:

  • To apply, a student will need a recommendation from the primary instrumental or vocal instructor, or an ensemble director
  • Auditions will be held in March 15, 2018, 1-3:00 pm in Old Cabell Auditorium

In addition to the 31 credits required for the BA in Music, the Performance Concentration consists of an additional 21 performance credits

  • Take two years’ of advanced private lessons
  • Participate in a Performance Seminar with your peers several times per year (including a ca. 30-minute performance in a master-class setting)
  • Participate in departmental performance ensembles
  • Give a 4th-year recital in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium (may also be a DMP recital)

Program Eligibility and Application:

The Concentration provides formal recognition for a few outstanding students who earn musical performance credits at an advanced level and with a coherent plan supervised by an assigned Concentration Advisor.

Admission to the Concentration is based on application and audition. By the time of application (deadline: February 15, 2018), all applicants must have:

• completed at least one semester of private lessons (MUPF 2xxx, Performance)

• passed a successful jury to allow them to enroll in advanced lessons (MUPF 3xxx, Advanced Performance)

• declared the Music Major

Application Form

Audition Form

The Concentration requires students to complete the 31 credits of the existing music major, and 21 additional credits in advanced musical performance. To earn the Performance Concentration credential, students must have a cumulative GPA at graduation of 3.0 or above, and a cumulative GPA of 3.4 in all credits applied to the Performance Concentration.

Requirements for the B.A. in Music (for further details, see http://music.virginia.edu/degree/bachelors):

MUSI 3050

Music and Discourse since 1900

3 credits

MUSI 3310

Theory I

3 credits

MUSI 3332, 3334 or 3336

Musicianship

2 credits

MUSI 3000, 3010, 3020, 3030, or 3040

Critical and Comparative Studies in Music

3 credits

MUSI 3070, 3080, 3090, or 3120

Critical and Comparative Studies in Music

3 credits

MUSI 3360, 3370, 3380, 3390, and certain MUSI 4xxx classes

Composition

3 credits

MUSI 3xxx or 4xxx

Electives (4 courses)

12 credits

MUEN 3xxx, MUPF 2xxx or 3xxx, certain MUSI 2xxx and 3xxx classes

Performance Credits

2 credits

Total minimum credits

 

31 credits

 

Additional requirements for the Performance Concentration:

MUPF 3950, 3960

Performance Concentration I-II (includes Advanced Lessons and Performance Seminar)

6 credits

MUPF 4950, 4960

Performance Concentration III-IV (includes Advanced Lessons and Performance Seminar)

6 credits

MUSI 4993

Independent Study (academic research for concluding recital)

1 credit

MUEN 3xxx

Performance Credits (additional to BA performance requirement)

8 credits

Total minimum credits

 

21 credits

 

MUPF credits: MUPF 3950, 3960, 4950, and 4960 comprise weekly 60-minute private lessons and a periodic 90-minute Performance Seminar. The Seminar provides an opportunity for public performance and critique. Each student is required to do a minimum of one performance per year of 15-30 minutes in length representing a broad knowledge of the musical idiom that the student is studying.

MUEN credits: Each student would ordinarily gain experience in at least two different performance ensembles.

MUSI 4993 credit and recital: In the fourth year, each student is required to perform a full-length recital (or equivalent for non-classical traditions). The repertoire workshopped in the fourth-year Performance Seminar may form a subset of the recital program. The student will also complete a one-credit independent study with an appropriate faculty member, comprising academic research on the recital repertoire.

The Concentration and the Distinguished Major Project: If they wish, students in the Performance Concentration may also apply for a Distinguished Major recital. Guidelines for the DMP in Music are found here: http://music.virginia.edu/degree/dmp. Applications are due in the spring semester of the third year, and students should note that the DMP requires a cumulative GPA at graduation of 3.4.

 

For students who are accepted into both programs:

• the Concentration Recital will double as the DMP Recital

• the one-credit independent study (MUSI 4993) undertaken for the Concentration Recital will substitute for the one-credit independent study required for the DMP Recital

• MUPF 4950-4960 (Performance Concentration III-IV) will substitute for MUPF 4920-4930 (Honors Performance, currently required for DMP recitals)

 

Advanced Lessons and Performance Seminar:

MUPF 3950 and MUPF 3960 (Performance Concentration I-II):

For music majors enrolled in the Music Performance Concentration Program. Prerequisite: at least one semester of 2000-level study and a successful audition, normally to take place in the spring semester of the second year. One-hour weekly advanced lessons (13 per semester), and mandatory participation in the Performance Seminar; graded, 3 credits.

Students at this level should make a time commitment to practicing appropriate to the demands of the Concentration Program, to be determined by the individual performance instructors. Students play a jury, i. e. a brief performance for a group of faculty, at the end of each semester, in addition to a 15-30-minute solo performance once per year as part of the Performance Seminar.

MUPF 4950 and 4960 (Performance Concentration III-IV):

For music majors enrolled in the Music Performance Concentration Program. Prerequisite: MUPF 3930 and MUPF 3940. One-hour weekly advanced lessons (13 per semester); mandatory participation in the Performance Seminar. For MUPF 4960, fourth-year recital. Graded, 3 credits.

Students at this level should make a time commitment to practicing appropriate to the demands of the Concentration Program, to be determined by the individual performance instructors. Students play a jury, i.e. a brief performance for a group of faculty, at the end of each semester, in addition to a 15-30-minute solo performance once per year as part of the Performance Seminar, and a spring semester full recital.

 

Contact:
Daniel Sender, Director of the Performance Concentration Seminar, dls8kb@virginia.edu
Joel Rubin, Director of Music Performance, joelerubin@virginia.edu
Karl Hagstrom Miller, Director of the Undergraduate Program, khm8f@eservices.virginia.edu

 

Address

McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu