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The B.A. in music offers students the opportunity to indulge extensively in their music work while devoting time to studies outside of music.

All students interested in majoring in music 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; must have or acquire piano skills sufficient to pass the piano proficiency examination; and must pass a junior standing examination, usually at the end of the sophomore year.

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.

Featured Alumni

Natalie Slack '14 double majored in Music and English, and completed an internship with the UVM Lane Series while she was a student. She now works in the Marketing and Creative Services Department at Carnegie Hall.

Margaret Roddy '11 is the general manager at Champlain Philharmonic. She played clarinet in orchestra, wind ensemble, and chamber ensembles, and double majored in Music - Classical Performance and Political Science.

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
  • Demonstrate intermediate proficiency on the piano
  • In their professional life (after graduating) alumni apply skills, knowledge, and proficiency attained


Beyond the classroom

Classical Performance students can find many performing opportunities while pursuing their undergraduate education. Students have appeared with groups like the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and Burlington Choral Society; in the orchestra for 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