Undergraduate Programs in

Music Performance - Classical

Do you dream of making a living as a singer or instrumentalist? Hofstra's music performance program will nurture your talent, hone your technique, and prepare you to thrive in this competitive field.

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Department of Music

Room 101 Joseph G. Shapiro Family Hall
Phone: 516-463-5490
Fax: 516-463-6393

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Coordinator, Music Performance

Adam Glaser
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras 
Room 111 Joseph G. Shapiro Family Hall

Program Overview

Our curriculum is centered on music theory, history, and expression, providing a solid foundation for a career in the art of music. The program focuses on a core of substantial training and experience in your chosen performance medium, including lessons, participation in major ensembles, focused work in chamber ensembles, and a junior half and senior full recital.

Our campus – an easy train ride to New York City – gives students countless opportunities to attend concerts, operas, Broadway shows, and experience various other productions while networking with industry professionals.

More about the BS in Music: Music Performance - Classical

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More About the Program

All students wishing to declare a BS or BSEd in Music in any concentration (music performance, music business, music education, music theory/composition, jazz and commercial music, or music history/literaturemust audition for acceptance into these programs


Making Music

The Music Department at Hofstra is a tight-knit community. Classes, rehearsals, and private lessons fill the lives of most music majors. Clubs and extracurricular activities offer students additional opportunities to perform, network, and socialize. View our performance schedule

Department Ensembles

Hofstra's major ensembles include the Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, University Mixed Chorus, Wind Ensemble, and Chorale. Hofstra's chamber ensembles include the Hofstra Collegium Musicum, which performs as part of our annual Shakespeare Festival; the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, the centerpiece of our OcTubafest concert; the Woodwind Ensemble; the Chamber Choir; the Brass Ensemble; Vocal Jazz; various quintets, quartets, duos, and trios, and many more.

Other performance opportunities are available through our unique program in Sikh musiciology as well as the Hofstra Opera Theater, which presents a fully staged opera every year.

Student Clubs

In addition to the department-sponsored ensembles, many student clubs serve as extensions of Hofstra's music programs. Consider joining one of Hofstra's competitive a capella singing groups: Sigma'Cappella, The Hofbeats, Makin' Treble, Chai Notes, and The Dutchmen. The Hofstra Gospel Ensemble and the SOS Brigade are also for music-minded students.

Student Recitals

Performance track students are required to present solo junior and senior recitals. Students can also audition for department honor recitals, which comprise both solo and group recital opportunities. The department provides the recital space, coaching support, and all tools for students to produce a successful recital as part of their degree.


Learn from the Experts

Our professors are award-winning, active teacher-performers. You may have seen them perform at Birdland, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera, on Broadway, and on stages around the world.

At Hofstra, you will not be assigned to graduate assistant teachers, you will be studying with our professional faculty from day one.

Performance and Rehearsal Spaces

Joseph G. Shapiro Family Hall is home to the Department of Music's faculty, studios, and state-of-the-art large rehearsal spaces. The Daniel L. Monroe Lecture Center houses additional studios and classrooms, rehearsal rooms, and the Music Library, which supports the curriculum of the Department of Music by providing scores, study space, and listening material.

Our performance spaces include the 377-seat Helene Fortunoff Theater at Monroe Lecture Center, as well as the 1,105-seat Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse. 

Alumni Outlook

Hofstra music majors graduate with a combination of classroom instruction and professional experiences that are highly regarded in today's competitive job market.

More on alumni outcomes


Areas of the music industry where our graduates are working:

In addition to performing, our graduates are working in education, music management, marketing and public relations, sound engineering and music publishing. They are also working for performance venues, record labels, and recording studios.

By the numbers:

  • 93% of recent alumni responding to a survey reported they were working or enrolled in graduate school within a year of graduation

  • Among recent graduates who reported they were employed, 100% landed their job within three months of graduation

  • $41,000 is the mean salary for the first year following graduation


Continuing their studies:

Additionally, many of our alumni are pursuing or planning to pursue advanced degrees in music and music education at institutions such as CUNY Brooklyn College, CUNY Queens College, Georgia State University, Hebrew College, Hofstra University, Roosevelt University, and Vermont College of Fine Arts-Music.