Programs

Orchestral Performance

Chaired by Glenn Dicterow, the former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, the OP program prepares students intensively in the orchestral repertoire.

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An exceptional program that produces polished orchestral musicians of the highest artistic caliber, with successful careers as symphonic players.

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Music (MM)

Other Studies

  • Professional Studies Certificate (PS)

Orchestra Performance Majors

Strings

Violin
Viola
Cello
Double Bass
Harp

Woodwinds

Flute
Clarinet
Oboe
Bassoon

Brass

French Horn
Trumpet
Trombone
Tuba

Percussion

Program Details

Inaugurated in 1991, the MSM Graduate Program in Orchestral Performance is the first accredited degree program of its kind in the United States.  Chaired by Glenn Dicterow, the former concertmaster of the NY Philharmonic, the program produces polished musicians of the highest artistic caliber, who are prepared intensively in the orchestral repertoire for careers as symphonic players.

Students are trained to participate fully in both performance and other nonmusical aspects of life in the modern orchestra, such as orchestra governance, artistic planning, community engagement, and audience development.

The program incorporates curricula specifically designed to train the exceptional, advanced student in both performance and non-musical aspects of life in the modern orchestra. In addition to individual instruction with some of the leading players on the classical scene, these young musicians form the core unit of Chamber Sinfonia and Manhattan School of Music Symphony. Students are seated in leadership roles through competitive auditions.

Audition & Prescreening Information

Procedures By Instrument Type

Handbook for Current Students

Orchestral Performance Department Handbook

Plan of Study & Course Descriptions

MSM Course Catalog

Orchestral Performance Chair

Glenn Dicterow
gdicterow@msmnyc.edu

Course Overview

Orchestral Performance Masters Degree

Total Curriculum Hours: 53-61

  • Major Instrument and Repertoire Coaching
    5 hr
  • Orchestral Repertoire Coaching****
    1 hr
  • Orchestral Music: Baroque to Classical
    3 hr
  • The Musician as Educator
    1 hr
  • Chamber Sinfonia Core
    1 hr
  • Large Performing Ensemble
    1 hr
  • Chamber Music***
    1 hr
  • Concert Attendance
    1 hr
  • Percussion Lab**
    2 hr
Total Hours for Year 1, Fall:
16 hr
  • Major Instrument and Repertoire Coaching
    5 hr
  • Orchestral Repertoire Coaching****
    1 hr
  • Orchestral Music: Beethoven to the Present
    3 hr
  • Graduate Electives*
    2 hr
  • Chamber Sinfonia Core
    1 hr
  • Large Performing Ensemble
    1 hr
  • Chamber Music***
    1 hr
  • Concert Attendance
    0 hr
  • Percussion Lab**
    2 hr
  • Jury
    0 hr
Total Hours for Year 1, Spring:
16 hr
  • Major Instrument and Repertoire Coaching
    5 hr
  • Orchestral Repertoire Coaching****
    1 hr
  • Graduate Electives*
    3 hr
  • Chamber Sinfonia Core
    1 hr
  • Large Performing Ensemble
    1 hr
  • Chamber Music***
    1 hr
  • Percussion Lab**
    2 hr
Total Hours for Year 2, Fall:
14 hr
  • Major Instrument and Repertoire Coaching
    5 hr
  • Orchestral Repertoire Coaching****
    1 hr
  • Graduate Electives*
    3 hr
  • Chamber Sinfonia Core
    1 hr
  • Large Performing Ensemble
    1 hr
  • Chamber Music***
    1 hr
  • Orchestral Entrepreneurship
    2 hr
  • Percussion Lab**
    2 hr
  • Graduation Jury
    0 hr
Total Hours for Year 2, Spring:
16 hr

*The requirements for the Master of Music degree program and the Postgraduate Diploma program are exactly the same with the exception of the 6 credits in graduate electives, which are not required for the Diploma program.

**Graduate Percussion majors are required to participate in Percussion Lab each semester enrolled, thus requiring these students to register for one additional credit each semester. Additionally, partici- pation in the Percussion Ensemble is required every semester.

***Except for doublebass and harp.

****Except percussion.

“Lessons and coaching with my private teacher are the most exciting part of my education at MSM. They allow me to focus on preparing for the extremely competitive audition process for tenure track positions, in top-tier American and European orchestras.”

Orchestral Double Bass