Music Performance Bachelor of Music (BM)

Showcase Tour Talent with a Music Performance Degree!

Marywood offers all the benefits of larger music programs with greater flexibility. Our distinctive undergraduate music performance degree program embodies the depth and rigor expected of conservatory programs, but in a welcoming atmosphere that encourages collegiality and growth. Our highly credentialed, nationally and internationally acclaimed faculty are passionate about their craft and connected to their students. Students support one another and work together, rather than competing against one another for performance opportunities.

Marywood University stands as the sole educational institution in Northeast Pennsylvania offering Bachelor of Music degrees. Our students have the chance to perform locally, regionally, nationally, and even globally. They can also participate in state and national music conventions and forums. Graduates from our program are well-prepared for solo/ensemble performance, studio teaching, and pursuing graduate studies.

The Music Performance program is led by a team of dedicated and experienced musicians who are passionate about nurturing talent. Students have the privilege of learning from real professionals who have performed on Broadway, at the Metropolitan Opera, with the La Scala Orchestra, and on the most prestigious stages around the world.

Great Opportunities:

  • Only educational institution in Northeast Pennsylvania that offers Bachelor of Music degrees
  • Perform locally, regionally, nationally, and globally
  • Attend state and national music conventions and forums
  • Our graduates are prepared for solo/ensemble performance, studio teaching, and graduate studies.

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        • Colleges and Universities
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        • Professional Music Ensembles
        • Music Industries

        Top Career Paths

        • Professional Musician
        • Music Professor
        • Recording Session Musician
        • Private Studio Teacher

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        Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

        • Completed application
        • Official transcripts
        • Letter of recommendation
        • Official SAT and/or ACT test scores (Marywood is test optional)
        • Essay (optional)

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        All Undergraduate & Transfer Students

        Acceptance by the University is required before an audition can be scheduled. 

        • Apply to University
        • FAFSA Deadlines for financial aid: February 15 (fall entry) and November 1 (spring entry).
        • For talent scholarship consideration, auditions must be completed by March 1.
        • Transfer students must complete a minimum 30 credits in music courses at Marywood. Transfer students in education must have GPA 3.0 minimum for acceptance.

        Accompaniment

        Instrumental applicants should plan to perform unaccompanied.

        An accompanist will be provided for vocal auditions.                 

        General Guidelines for All Auditions

        Perform two contrasting works demonstrating technical skills and musicianship. Memorization of vocal audition pieces is strongly recommended.

        Skills Assessment

        Sight-Singing and Sight-Reading

        Sight singing and sight reading are a part of all auditions.

        All auditioning students will be asked to take a short music theory test. This test is used only for placement and does not impact acceptance in our programs. 

        Music Performance Facilities

        At Marywood University, the stage is set for you to shine in our Music Performance program, where exceptional facilities await to nurture your talent and ambition. Our facilities are more than just spaces; they are places where artistry grows, where confidence is built, and where careers begin.

        The front of the Marywood Sette Laverghetta Center for Performing Arts

        Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts

        2300 Adams Avenue
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        The Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts is a three-story structure that houses the Music, Theatre, & Dance (MTD) department. The facility includes a 1110-seat performance space which contains a proscenium stage, orchestra pit, dressing rooms, box offices, control room, backstage area and the ability to fly scenery. Other features include sound and lighting boards, a 9-foot Steinway grand piano and 7-foot Steinway grand piano (on stage), a Mason & Hamlin grand piano (orchestra pit), and large Allen electronic organ. The facility also houses several studios, classrooms and practice rooms, a music therapy lab and clinical observation room, recital room, dance studio, electronic music lab, piano lab, and a Black Box Theatre.

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        The rustic inside of the Marywood Black Box Theater with dark wooden floors, plants, and objects hanging from the walls

        Black Box Theatre

        2300 Adams Avenue
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        Black Box Theatre, located on the terrace level of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, is a laboratory theatre designed with flex staging to accommodate student-directed productions and to support experimental theatre.

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        Marywood University scholarship funds are available to students majoring in music performance. Presidential and Endowed Scholarships from the University, as well as Talent Scholarships, are awarded to select applicants. In order to be considered for a Talent Scholarship, you must audition by March 1.

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        80+ opportunities for you to find the right fit with 50+ undergraduate degrees and 30+ graduate and certificate courses.

        MTD Student Handbook

        The information in this handbook is designed to familiarize you with university and department policies specific to the MTD degree programs.
        Please save this handbook, as it will provide guidance throughout your studies at Marywood. Bring this handbook to all academic advising sessions.

        Student Handbook

        From #DayOne, Marywood is here for you each step of the way.

        Chamber Singers: The Marywood University Chamber Singers, an ensemble of about 24-28 singers, is featured on an annual PBS broadcast and has performed on music series throughout the northeastern United States. Recent concert venues have included St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral in New Jersey, First Church and Faneuil Hall in Boston, Yale University’s Marquand Chapel, Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, as well as several locales in California, Florida, and Georgia. The group was one of eight finalists across the United States for the 2012 American Prize in Choral Performance, and the featured choir at the 2021 and 2022 National Meeting of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

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