The Newcomb Department of Music offers a non-conservatory Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Performance, as well as the freedom for any student at Tulane, regardless of major, to participate in classes and audition for ensembles. B.F.A. students can specialize in a number of instruments or voice. In addition to a core of classes in theory and musicology, the curriculum centers on private lessons with experienced singers and members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and on performance in the university’s student ensembles, which include a symphony orchestra, three choirs, a marching band, a concert band, percussion and wind ensembles, and several smaller chamber ensembles. Opportunities for performance and study in contemporary music are also available. The program culminates in a half-hour junior recital and an hour-long senior recital. Our practice and performance spaces are all equipped with Steinway pianos, and the department also owns numerous instruments available for use by students in private lessons or ensembles. A litany of visiting artists in all styles of music assures that our students are exposed to a variety of influences during their time at Tulane, including annual series for classical piano, voice, and guitar.
The major also offers the flexibility for students to pursue courses in other fields or to double major. Admission to the Music Performance B.F.A. program is based on an audition, which takes place during the sophomore year. No audition is required for applicants interested in Tulane’s performance program, but they are welcomed and considered in the application process. At the beginning of each semester, auditions are required for admission to private lessons, Tulane-Newcomb Choir, Opera Workshop, Musical Theatre Workshop, Tulane Orchestra, Jazz combos, and other ensembles. Visit our Portfolios & Auditions page for more information on auditions.