The Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance is an intensive performance degree that focuses on classical training for solo, chamber, and orchestral experience.
Instrumental students at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music have ample performance opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities. The Hall-Musco Conservatory has three large ensembles (The Chapman Orchestra, The Wind Symphony and the Big Band Jazz Ensemble) and many small ensembles (New Music Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, String Ensembles, Wind Ensembles, Brass Ensembles, Early Music Ensemble, University Jazz Ensembles, and a student-led Pep Band).
There is no system of seniority in the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. Students are selected and seated based on their talent and level of commitment, which means that a freshman has as much opportunity as a senior to participate in any given ensemble. In addition to large ensemble opportunities, chamber music is encouraged and is a required part of the major's curriculum.
Chapman Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music faculty hold prominent positions in major ensembles in Southern California, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera and Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. Our faculty has earned degrees at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, UCLA, The Cleveland Institute of Music, USC, and together bring a wealth of knowledge and experience unparalleled in Southern California. With a student body of 225 majors and a faculty ratio of 1:14, Chapman’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music provides students with personalized education and direct contact with faculty, without substitutions or teaching assistants.
To begin your application process, please visit the Admissions web page to complete the Common Application for Chapman University. Please note in your application that you intend to major in Instrumental Performance.
All students auditioning for acceptance into the Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance or the Bachelor of Music in Music Education–Instrumental Emphasis should visit the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music website for a detailed listing of audition requirements by instrument. To schedule an in-person audition appointment, please complete your Creative Supplement at go.chapman.edu/apply. Additionally, please indicate whether or not you will require an accompanist at your audition.
The Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music offers a complimentary, half-hour lesson for prospective students with one of our applied instructors. Please contact Christopher Nicholas (woodwinds/brass) or Robert Becker (strings) to arrange for a lesson.
We welcome your interest in our program and look forward to helping you live your dream.