Where Our Students Go

What happens to students after they leave the music department?

  • Many graduates have continued their academic and professional studies at universities and professional institutions in this country and abroad.
  • Many enjoy active careers as college teachers, private teachers, classical and jazz performers, musicologists, composers, conductors, and opera or concert managers.
  • Others have held posts such as the first professional president of the New York Philharmonic, the chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, the artistic director for a large recording company, and as arranger-conductor for Hollywood TV productions.
  • Our graduates have won the BMI Young Composer Awards, the ASCAP Foundation's Grants to Young Composers, and the Charles Ives Fellowship from American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The professional relevance of a major in music encompasses a wide range of careers. Many students have chosen not to pursue music as a career, but have nonetheless found the music major to be an excellent focus of their liberal arts education, preparing them for graduate and professional study in fields such as law, medicine, or business.