The Conservatory of Music prepares its students for the musical world of the 21st century. Through a comprehensive education with the finest professional musicians and music educators, students develop the applied skills needed to succeed in the rapidly developing musical world. The conservatory offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the areas of classical music, jazz, and music and technology, plus postbaccalaureate performers certificates and post-master’s artist diplomas.
A conservatory is a place of tradition, and the commitment and focus required of students who enter a conservatory remains consistent. But the music professions have evolved dramatically during the last few decades. To succeed today, musicians must be artistically flexible, conversant in technology, and prepared to work in multiple genres in order to function as creative and autonomous professionals.
Programs in the Conservatory of Music are designed to guide students toward musical mastery and launch them on the path to rewarding professional careers. With an enrollment of approximately 450 undergraduate and graduate students, the conservatory offers small classes and close interaction with a stellar faculty of professional musicians, composers, and producers. Music students also have numerous opportunities to perform and have their work presented in a range of venues on campus, in the local community, and in New York City.
Each season, the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College brings many of the world’s greatest artists to the campus. In collaboration with the Performing Arts Center, the Conservatory of Music presents a series of master classes and open rehearsals by these artists for the benefit of music students.
Purchase graduates make their livings as professional musicians, performing with such groups as the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, St. Louis Opera, and l’Orchestre Nationale de Paris, as well as in many professional chamber groups and Broadway musicals. Graduates of our jazz studies, composition, and production programs are active composers, recording artists, engineers, and producers in a wide variety of musical genres and venues, including film, television, and Broadway. Other graduates have gone on to pursue advanced studies and are now teaching in such prestigious schools as the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Yale University.
James Undercofler, MM, Interim Director, Conservatory of Music
For additional information and updates during 2016–2018, please visit www.purchase.edu/music.
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