Conservatory of Music

The Conservatory of Music offers a comprehensive musical education at both the undergraduate and graduate level for carefully selected, gifted individuals who are seeking the chance to train, perform, collaborate, and connect with the most talented people in the world of music—individuals who are willing to commit themselves to rigorous training in a forward-looking conservatory environment.

A conservatory is a place of tradition, and the commitment and focus required of students who enter a conservatory have not changed in centuries. But the music industry has evolved dramatically during the last few decades. Musicians today must be artistically flexible, conversant in technology, and prepared to work in multiple genres in order to function as creative and autonomous professionals.

Programs in the Conservatory of Music are designed to guide students toward musical mastery and launch them on the path to rewarding professional careers. With an enrollment of approximately 450 undergraduate and graduate students, the conservatory offers small classes and close interaction with a stellar faculty of professional musicians, composers, and producers. Music students also have numerous opportunities to perform and have their work presented in a range of venues on campus, in the local community, and in New York City.

Master Classes
Each season, the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College brings many of the world’s greatest artists to the campus. In collaboration with the Performing Arts Center, the Conservatory of Music presents a series of master classes and open rehearsals by these artists for the benefit of music students.

Purchase graduates make their livings as professional musicians, performing with such groups as the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, St. Louis Opera, and l’Orchestre Nationale de Paris, as well as in many professional chamber groups and Broadway musicals. Graduates of our jazz studies, composition, and production programs are active composers, recording artists, engineers, and producers in a wide variety of musical genres and venues, including film, television, and Broadway. Other graduates have gone on to pursue advanced studies and are now teaching in such prestigious schools as the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Yale University.

Suzanne Farrin, DMA, Director, Conservatory of Music

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