Lewis & Clark has students who wish to focus intensively on performance within the liberal arts setting, many of whom continue to graduate study in performance. These students dedicate time toward their musical practice, studying with our excellent performance faculty and collaborating in large and small ensembles.
Music majors who decide to focus on performance will work toward a senior recital on their major instrument. Repertoire requirements for the senior recital vary by instrument and field and are supervised by the student’s major instrumental teacher, with additional feedback provided by a senior recital committee.
In preparing for the senior recital, each music major is expected to perform a sophomore or junior recital on campus (one may be performed per year if desired). The purpose of the earlier recital is to allow each student the opportunity of learning the process associated with envisioning and preparing a major performance, as well as to experience the endurance and concentration necessary to perform at an excellent level before the senior recital. Each student must also pass a Degree Recital Review, which must be scheduled with their senior project committee no later than three weeks before their recital date.
Numerous other solo performance opportunities are available for performance practice. On campus, students may present informal lunchtime recitals in Seitz Lounge, may participate in masterclasses with visiting artists, and perform in studio classes with their major teacher. Off-campus opportunities include playing at a number of hospitals, nursing homes and retirement communities in the local area, as well as in the vibrant Portland musical scene.