Additional Performance Opportunities

Studio Classes

Another opportunity for performance is in studio class. Voice studio classes are held on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., and piano studio classes are held on Thursdays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For most instruments, a studio class schedule will be provided by the applied instructor at the beginning of the semester.

Concerto Competition

The Sunderman Conservatory Concerto Competition is held annually in March and is open to music majors and minors. Concerti can be for single soloists or multiple soloists. Students may also audition with arias, concert songs, and song cycles. The committee for the competition reserves the right to choose one, several, or no winners. The winner(s) perform in concert during the next year’s concert season.

Notes at Noon

Notes at Noon is Musselman Library’s brown-bag concert series, held in the main floor apse area. The series includes three or four concerts each semester, and features students and faculty from the Sunderman Conservatory of Music as well as off-campus performers. Highlights have included faculty solo recitals and performances by the Sunderman Woodwind Quintet, and student groups such as the Opera Workshop, Percussion Ensemble, various student chamber groups, and a flute choir. The audience for Notes at Noon includes students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Informal Recitals

Some students may want to perform a non-degree recital. These “informal recitals” do not fulfill performance requirements for the music major and are not included in the Conservatory Calendar of Events. They can be arranged by the students, with the permission of their studio instructor, and may be given in venues on or off campus such as The Attic, the Chapel, or a local church. Students will be fully responsible for all aspects of the recital, including reserving the space, setting up the performance area and returning it to its original condition, supplying their own printed programs, arranging for and compensating an accompanist, etc.


Informances are student-run, informal performance opportunities held late at night in Schmucker Hall. Ranging from just a few times a semester to every week, they are an opportunity for students to “try things out” for their peers without pressures of concert dress or etiquette. Faculty members are generally not invited.