Music Performance


The UO School of Music and Dance has the largest full-time, in-residence music faculty on the West Coast north of Los Angeles. The school is grounded in the strength of the traditional canon and fosters the creation and performance of new work.

Degree Programs

What can I do with a degree in Music Performance?

Our faculty produce well-rounded, skilled scholars and performers who are flexible leaders with global perspectives and great people skills who become cultural influencers and entrepreneurs. Specific skills you will have gained from your degree in music or dance include:



Musical performer
Video game composer
Film scoring
Pit orchestra musician
Collaborative pianist/musician
Private studio owner/instructor
Cruise ship entertainer
Summer camp music
Music librarian*
Technical music assistant
Music preparation/ supervisor
Religious music director
 *with additional certification or degree

Performance Opportunities 


Many of our students are accomplished instrumentalists, vocalists, and/or conductors, and as part of our program, they continually perform their own music and the works of their colleagues. Opportunities abound for the performance of new music through the Oregon Composers Forum, Music Today Festival, Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, Composing for Orchestra Seminar, and Pacific Rim Gamelan, as well as any of our five student-run new music ensembles. 


School of Music and Dance scholarships and financial aid are available. For complete information about financial aid, including loans, see the Student Financial Aid and Scholarships section of the UO catalog. 

Take the Next Step

Call us, email us, visit us or apply to the program. We’re here to answer your questions about how a degree in music composition can shape your future and positively impact your community.