Instrumental majors focus on technical and interpretive development as individuals. They learn how to shift roles from soloist to ensemble performer through participation in recitals and in large and small ensembles, with repertoire from the baroque to the present day. Semester by semester, they acquire a personal repertoire of works in multiple styles, and the versatility needed to perform such a wide range of works.
Vocal majors focus on bel-canto vocalism, expressive communication of text, and acting. Special attention is given to preparation for auditions and competitions and development of a personal repertoire of concert, sacred, symphonic and operatic works. As students mature vocally, they perform frequently in public to build confidence and to expand their interpretive and theatrical skills.