College of Visual and Performing Arts

Through its various degree programs, the Department of Music offers specializations in a number of areas of music. However, the Department of Music believes that all musical study and professional pursuits require a solid foundation of musicianship. The department requires of all majors a 33-hour common core of courses in music theory, aural skills, conducting, music history/literature and technology. Check out our performances on YouTube.

Performance Studies

The department also believes that the career musician, music educator or music therapist must develop his/her musicianship to the highest level possible. All degree programs require a solo recital near the end of the academic program. The performance degree requires a junior recital and a senior recital. Students study under the direction of excellent performing artists, many of whom are members of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

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Music majors and qualified non-majors also enhance their musical growth by participating in musical ensembles. Ensembles include University Singers, Chamber Singers, Choral Union, Opera Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, IPFW Community Orchestra, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and a number of chamber ensembles. Several ensembles tour regionally and nationally. All ensembles require an audition and instructor permission.

To set up an audition for any of these ensembles or to request more information, please email

Band Ensembles
Strings/Orchestra Ensemble
Vocal/Choral Ensemble
Chamber Ensembles
Popular Music Ensembles


  • Instrumental Performance
  • Piano Performance
  • Vocal Performance
  • Music Education Choral
  • Music Education Instrumental
  • Music Therapy
  • Music/Outside Field-Business
  • Music/Outside Field-Music Technology
  • Music/Outside Field-General
  • Music/Outside Field-Theatre

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