MM in Performance with an Emphasis in Orchestral Instruments

Become a World-Class Orchestral Musician

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2 years
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Open up a world of opportunities

Imagine yourself performing alongside the world-renowned St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. With a Master of Music in Performance with an Emphasis in Orchestral Instruments from Webster University, you can make that dream a reality. Under the guidance of our experienced and accomplished faculty, you will develop your technical skills, musicality and stage presence to become a highly sought-after orchestral performer.

Why Webster for your MM in Performance?

Turn Your Passion for Music into a Successful Career

Prepare for a rewarding career through hands-on learning and performance opportunities. Our MM in Performance is ideal for musicians who:

Harmoniously blend education and performance

Deepen your knowledge of music theory and develop your musicality through coursework, private instruction and performances. As a graduate of Webster’s MM in Performance, you will be able to:

Immerse yourself in a vibrant musical community

Webster's Performance master’s extends beyond theoretical knowledge, fostering hands-on learning through participation in our ensembles and performing with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, as well as private lessons with faculty. Culminate your graduate studies with a final recital that showcases a portfolio of your work.

Your course list

The 32 credit hours required for the MM in Performance with an Emphasis in Orchestral Instruments must include the following courses:

Core Courses
  • Analytical Techniques I, II
  • Seminar in Music Literature

Performance Courses
  • Applied Instrument
  • Graduate Recital
  • Webster University Orchestra
  • Webster University Chamber Music Ensembles

Supportive Courses
  • Graduate Colloquium
  • Orchestral Literature

  • Advanced Topics in Music Entrepreneurship
  • Advanced Instrumental Conducting
  • Independent Study
  • Music of the Twentieth Century
  • Seminar in Music Pedagogy

In addition to these courses, all MM in Performance students must successfully pass an oral examination.

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A world of music at your doorstep

Elevate your music education at Webster University's St. Louis campus, just 15 minutes from downtown. Enjoy private lessons, ensemble performances, and world-class concerts from faculty, peers, and professional groups. Enrich your experience with access to local vocal, instrumental and jazz organizations, including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Jazz St. Louis, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

Set the stage for a successful music career

Whether you aspire to teach in a private studio, perform as a soloist or ensemble member, compose new music, or pursue a doctoral degree in music, a Webster MM degree will help you realize your dreams. Our graduates have successful careers as private music teachers, musicians and composers in St. Louis and around the world.

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Achieve your personal and professional goals

We’re here to help

Webster is committed to your success, and you'll never be alone as you pursue your MM in Performance.

An education nationally recognized for quality

Earn your Master of Music in Performance from Webster University, an independent, nonprofit university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Learn from renowned musicians

Combine theory and practice as you work alongside faculty members with professional experience as composers, educators and performers. They will mentor you throughout your program and connect you to their professional network for additional study and performance opportunities.