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Music Performance

Prepare for professional pursuits in the world of music. The B.M. in music performance at Gordon is a rare opportunity for students to receive acute musical training from highly accomplished faculty within the context of a Christian liberal arts curriculum. You’ll improve your musicianship on your major instrument and gain hands-on performance experience through adjudicated solo recitals and master class participation. Exposure to diverse styles and principles will help you cultivate your own professional purpose as a musician.

Why study music performance at Gordon?

Be part of a strong, supportive community dedicated to academic and musical excellence, and to living at the intersection of faith and the arts. You’ll study under acclaimed faculty—with additional master classes by nationally renowned musicians—while performing in our state-of-the-art Phillips Recital Hall, designed by the architect behind the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Seiji Ozawa Hall. Plus, Gordon’s location offers the best of both worlds—a quiet environment conducive to focused study as well as quick access to incredible concerts on campus and in the nearby music and arts hub of Boston.

What careers can I pursue with a music performance major?

Under the wing of expert faculty who are accomplished professional musicians and mentors, your top-level training will prepare you for graduate school and careers in music, including:

  • Professional performance with an orchestra or chamber ensemble
  • Private studio teaching
  • Church or commercial music
  • Teaching at the collegiate level
  • Community program, youth, and adult ensemble leadership
  • Music therapy
  • Arts management

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Jennifer Hyde Robbins ’10

M.M. and Graduate Diploma, Horn Performance, New England Conservatory

“Attending Gordon College and majoring in music was an incredibly valuable experience for me. The faculty support, as well as the orchestra, wind ensemble and chamber groups, helped shape me into who I am as a horn player today. The faculty demonstrate how faith and music go hand and hand.”
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Studying music makes you a celebrated part of the fabric that weaves the culture of the performing arts at Gordon. Music students consistently go the extra mile outside the classroom:

  • Join a performing ensemble, which include multiple choirs, instrumental ensembles, chamber groups, student composition showcases and more.
  • Benefit from professional concerts, recitals and master classes with internationally acclaimed musicians through our professional artist series.
  • Collaborate on entrepreneurial projects to explore how the creative process can generate new approaches to important civic issues.
  • Serve in leadership roles in the Music Student Council or the Massachusetts Music Educators Association annual state-wide conference.
  • Compete in a Concerto Competition to become a featured soloist with the Gordon Symphony Orchestra.

Related Programs

You may choose to add a second major or minor to complement your studies in music performance. Common options include communication arts, theatre arts, psychology or business.

Departmental Honors

Dive into a focused area of music outside of your major curriculum through Departmental Honors. Working under the guidance of an accomplished faculty advisor, you’ll engage with new material as you pursue your own original ideas for a thesis in the form of a research paper, composition or lecture recital.