Pursue your performance dreams in the Department of Music at UW

UW supports students as they study to achieve a high standard of excellence. We’re accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and our B.M. in Music Performance program polishes students’ instrumental and vocal performance skills until they shine. 

What is Music Performance?

Our music performance program guides students through challenging coursework that prepares them to make the most of their musical careers. World-class instructors provide individualized guidance to improve artistic and technical development.

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Music faculty frequently perform, adjudicate, and present research internationally. Dr. Ben Markley led UW’s Jazz Studies Program to Umbria International Jazz Festival in Umbria, Italy and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Dr. John Fadial, Dr. Beth Vanderborgh and Dr. Chi-Chen Wu form the Helios Trio who performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2022.

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What Can You Do With a B.M. in Music Performance?

As a trained performer, you can find career placement in a variety of settings. While some seek graduate schools, others may start putting their polished skills to use on an array of stages.

Music Performance Careers

  • Director
  • Composer
  • Producer
  • Singer
  • Musician


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Where B.M. in Music Performance Alumni Are Taking the Stage

  • The Juilliard School
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • University of Michigan
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • Eastman School of Music
  • University of Georgia
  • Arkansas State University
  • University of Cincinnati College
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • New England Conservatory of Music
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Music Performance Program Highlights

The Department of Music offers music performance students many experiential opportunities. There are chances to travel, connect and learn in one-of-a-kind venues.

Experiential Learning

Students are given many opportunities to take the stage. Numerous ensemble experiences include frequent tours and we’re developing a musical exchange program with the School of Music at Cardiff University in Wales. Experiences help students establish familiarity with their craft. .

Facility Resources

The Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts is a state-of-the-art facility featuring multiple classrooms and performance spaces including a 93-seat Recital Hall and a 690-seat Concert Hall. With ample stage and recording spaces, students are prepared to perform. Check out the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts on our virtual tour!

Financial Support

Aside from standard scholarships and opportunities for undergraduate students, there are five audition days during which talent-based scholarships are considered. Students can apply for Summer Independent Study Awards as well for special projects.

Networking & Student Groups

Students can find fellow performers in groups such as the National Performance Association. There are also countless opportunities to connect with fellow performers and musical companies in ensembles and during travel excursions for performances on international stages.

Contact Us

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College of Arts & Science

Department of Music

Department 3037, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 3077665242

Email: musicdpt@uwyo.edu