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The B.A. in music offers students the opportunity to study performance, composition, theory, and technology in a liberal arts setting.

Classical Performance students learn advanced music theory and have a strong emphasis on private lessons and performing ensembles each semester. The capstone requirement is a Senior Recital.

Audition and Declaring the Major

Students wishing to declare the music major concentration in Classical Performance must first pass an entrance audition on an instrument or voice. In order to complete the major, all students must attain intermediate level on a single instrument or voice;  and must pass a junior standing examination, usually at the end of the sophomore year.

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Beyond the classroom

Classical Performance students can find many performing opportunities while pursuing their undergraduate education. Students have taken part in the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and Burlington Choral Society; performed in musical productions at the Flynn Theatre and Burlington City Hall; and with events such as the Green Mountain Mahler Festival.

Graduate employment rate


of UVM Arts & Sciences graduates were employed within six months of graduation.


  • performer
  • school music teacher or band director
  • private teacher
  • producer

Where alumni work

  • Burlington Music Dojo
  • Champlain Philharmonic
  • Carnegie Hall
  • New York Choral Society
  • Vermont Sound and Light
  • Vermont Youth Orchestra Association
  • VT public schools

Related Information


We also offer a minor in music.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the BA in Music degree with a Classical Performance concentration, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced skill on a single instrument or voice
  • Describe and apply intermediate music theory knowledge and skills
  • Describe and apply intermediate music history and literature knowledge
  • In their professional life (after graduating) alumni apply skills, knowledge, and proficiency attained