Music Performance

Phone: 715-346-3107


UW-Stevens Point Music Performance graduates at work

  • Brenda Luchsinger, ’04holds a doctorate in performance and is the horn professor at Alabama State University, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Rie Tanaka, ’12doctoral candidate in piano at the University of Minnesota
  • Sam Handley, ‘98bass-baritone who apprenticed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago


Phone: 715-346-3107

Choose Music Performance at UW-Stevens Point

​The music performance major offers University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students intensive training with a world-class faculty in state-of-the-art facilities. The program, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, offers a solid core of music study including music theory/musicianship, music history and literature, applied performance study and large-ensemble participation. Students have abundant opportunities to perform in large and small ensembles and in solo and chamber music settings. Every UW-Stevens Point music performance major takes a course in music composition.

Career opportunities in Music Performance

A degree in music performance opens many career paths. Graduates have received training to become outstanding performers, private teachers and composers. Because the performing arts are an ever-changing industry, students are encouraged to learn entrepreneurial skills. Many move on to graduate programs. See where our graduates are working on our alumni map.

Building your résumé

​Students in the music majors benefit from performance of the classics. Recent performances include Carl Orff’s "Carmina Burana," Stravinsky’s "Rite of Spring," Beethoven’s "9th Symphony" and "Brahms’ Requiem." Performance majors also perform major solo repertoire on recitals in their junior and senior years. Students benefit directly by working with guest artists in master classes.

Recent guest artists include Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center; Yo-Yo Ma; Craig Jessup, former conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; and Philip Glass.

Internships in various arts fields and venues are available.

Outside the classroom

​While in the program, students have numerous opportunities to participate in university performance groups such as orchestra, band, choir, jazz band, opera workshop, chamber ensembles and jazz combos. Students also perform with area civic and professional performing groups. Students may join one or more of the service and pre-professional organizations such as Phi Mu Alpha and Delta Omicron, or collegiate chapters of Music Teacher’s National Association, American String Teacher’s Association, and other national organizations for musicians.

Student support services

​The Department of Music, housed in the beautiful Noel Fine Arts Center, is committed to your health through safety issues specific to musicians. We practice equipment safety and raise awareness of hearing, vocal health and psychological health issues.

The Computer Music Center houses a variety of tools that can aid students and faculty alike in doing their work more efficiently and effectively. Using this technology, students develop their creative skills while gaining experience working with digital technology and recording techniques.

In addition to helping you learn about music, your faculty members will help you with recommendations, advice about jobs and graduate schools, and general support through artistic dilemmas. The open-door policy among music faculty is something many students appreciate.

UW-Stevens Point also offers career planning and job search services through its Career Services office, linking education to the world of work for UW-Stevens Point students and alumni.