College of Visual and Performing Arts

Performance Opportunities

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.


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.

Choral Ensembles

The IPFW Choral Department offers an exceptional choral music education. Musical repertoire includes music from a wide range of time periods and styles. All ensembles enjoy an emphasis in music from other cultures and traditions as well as masterworks from the traditional western musical heritage. The Choral Department regularly collaborates with other local arts organizations such as the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Heartland Chorus. Three different choral ensembles are available at IPFW:

  1.  University Singers is the primary large ensemble on IPFW's campus, and meets three time weekly, Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 1:30-2:50 pm
  2.  Chamber Singers is a select group of highly-motivated and talented students, meeting twice weekly, Tuesday, Thursday at 1:30-2:50 pm
  3.  Choral Union is a community-based ensemble which serves faculty, staff, students, and members of the greater Fort Wayne community, and meets once weekly, Mondays from 7:30-9:30 pm.

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


  • 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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