Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    • General Education: 31
    • Bible/Theology: 30
    • Major/Concentration: 78
  • Standard Completion Time

    4 years
  • Accreditation



  • Instrumental
  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Voice

Admissions Requirements

All students seeking admission must demonstrate musical background and performance strengths necessary for successful completion of the stated curriculum. Admission into Biola University does not guarantee admission into the Conservatory of Music as a music major. A student will be admitted to the Conservatory after:

  • Meeting the requirements for university admission.
  • Completing a Conservatory application with the required number of references supplied
  • Passing a Conservatory audition, including a basic musicianship examination designed to demonstrate university level music study readiness.

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The Music Performance degree is designed to help you develop your skills to the highest level possible within a four year degree, all within a supportive community of musicians dedicated to helping you grow.

Why Choose Music Performance at Biola?

  • Highly respected, experienced faculty
  • Strong academic preparation for graduate school
  • Over twenty types of performing ensembles
  • Active chamber music program
  • Weekly studio classes
  • On-campus performance competitions
  • Masterclasses by world-renowned artists
  • Supportive community of dedicated Christian musicians
  • Close proximity to Los Angeles and access to performances by world-renowned artists in music genres from classical to pop, jazz and world music
  • Minor in Biblical Studies (30 units)
  • Special scholarships and awards available to performance majors

What Will I Study?

As a Music Performance major you are assured a comprehensive and enriching musical education through a broad range of onstage opportunities and in-depth classes. Graduate with a wide-array of solo, chamber and large ensemble performance experience. Concentrations offered for this degree are in the areas of Voice, Instrumental, Piano and Organ performance.

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Career Paths

Music Performance majors have gone on to top graduate schools or positions in major music companies or institutions enjoying successful careers such as:

  • Performing artists in professional orchestras and opera houses
  • University and K-12 educators
  • Private studio instructors
  • Session and solo singers and instrumentalists and recording artists
  • Choral and instrumental conductors
  • Recording engineers and producers
  • Creative business entrepreneurs

What are Graduates Doing Now?

Biola Voice Majors have gone on to pursue professional careers, while traveling and making musical theatre appearances in places such as:

  • America's Got Talent, as a member of "Vox," the classically-trained vocal quartet specializing in opera, musical theatre, & crossover music
  • Baltimore Symphony
  • Atlanta Opera
  • Tuscany Symphony Orchestra
  • A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, University of North Carolina
  • Elaine Wolf Theatre, Denver, CO
  • Tri-Cities Opera, New York
  • Houston Grand Opera
  • Royal Opera House, London

International Opera Singer, Soprano
B.M. Performance (Voice) '04

Biola gave me incredible opportunities to perform lead solo roles while I was a student, something that became a huge advantage to me when I went on to study in London. I also had close working relationships with all the members of the staff and production team and first-hand (sometimes hands-on!) knowledge of all the elements of being a part of a wonderful show. Biola helped me begin to build a strong foundation of teamwork, respect, professionalism and the sheer joy of bringing music alive on-stage.”

Performing and Recording Percussionist, Music Educator
B.M. Performance (Drums and Percussion) '14

Biola's gifted professors and loving community met me where I was at, helped to foster my growth, and inspired me to become the best musician I could be. Numerous ensembles and performance opportunities provided me with priceless experiences to work with many other musicians in different settings that prepared me for the professional world. After graduation I have been blessed to continue my relationship with the people I met at Biola (both faculty and students) who continually support me and show me what it means to truly trust God with my music career. ”

Assistant Professor of Music, Vanguard University and Adjunct Professor (Piano), Biola University
B.M. Performance (Piano) and Music Education '94

I would like to thank the music department (now conservatory) as a whole for your commitment to providing an outstanding music education integrated with Christian world view for students such as I was. I know God led me to attend Biola...and my time spent there greatly affected the direction of my life. ”

Sofiya Prykhitko
Music Performance, B.M. '17

Everything we do should bring glory to God and Biola's Conservatory has allowed me to do that through my music with the violin, either in orchestra, chamber groups and individual practice.”

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