For the serious, developing musician, the Conservatory of Music in the School of the Arts at Purchase College offers a distinctive educational experience—an intensive education within the context of a lively supportive community.


Our faculty comes from all corners of the music scene, forming a highly diverse and dedicated team of educators and professional musicians. They are members of notable ensembles, including:

  • Broadway Orchestra Pits
  • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
  • Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Cast
  • New York City Ballet Orchestra
  • New York Philharmonic
  • Orchestra of St. Luke’s
  • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Chamber Music Program

One of the most intimate ways that our Conservatory students learn to express music is through our chamber music program. In small groups, a single coach guides the students through the process of collaboration. Students learn to breathe, blend, phrase, and color together to create one homogeneous voice. The coach helps the group navigate the score and encourages the development of good interpersonal communication. Approximately twenty chamber groups comprised of mixed instruments perform on two concerts at the end of each semester. 

Purchase Symphony Orchestra

The orchestra is made up of the phenomenally talented students of the Conservatory of Music. Every player is coached individually and jointly toward making each concert a memorable occasion. The PSO is proud to represent the great tradition of Western classical music to the Purchase community and beyond.