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Performing Arts | Music

  • Student chorus

    Choral Ensembles

    AU Chorus and Chamber Singers
    perform and tour throughout world

  • Piano

    Applied Music

    Program offers one-on-one
    instruction with music faculty

  • American University flautist

    Music Auditions

    Learn more about the
    music program audition process

  • American University violinist


    All students who audition
    for the music program are
    considered for scholarships

  • American University jazz students performing

    Performance Opportunities

    Explore jazz, choral, chamber, wind,
    and symphony performance opportunities

Music at American University goes beyond the studio, rehearsal hall, stage, or classroom. The nation's great cultural institutions are sites for research, internships, and part-time jobs, as well as personal enrichment. Students at AU have the distinct advantage of living in an environment that thrives on artistic excellence.  

The Bachelor of Arts in Music provides a quality music education in a broad liberal arts setting with emphasis on both performance experiences and music academics. The program provides a well-rounded education and intensive professional training well suited to many careers in the field and entrance to graduate studies. Students in the music program may concentrate their major in Performance (orchestral instruments, piano, voice, guitar, organ), Music History and Literature, Composition, Music Theory, and Arts Management, or may design their own individual program of concentration.  

Performance Opportunities

Students enjoy fantastic performing ensembles directed by outstanding AU faculty:

  • Chamber Singers
  • Chamber Music Ensembles
  • Chorus
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Pit Orchestra
  • Symphonic Band
  • Symphony Orchestra

AU also sponsors many student-led groups. Our performing ensembles produce multiple programs per semester on campus and in excellent area venues; our choral ensembles and orchestra have performed in various national locations including Wolf Trap Park for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and tours in North and South America, as well as Europe.

For Prospective Students:
Please feel free to email dparecruitment@american.edu with any questions regarding our program, the university, or the Washington, D.C., music community. You can review program information for the BA in Music or the Minor in Music Performance or Minor in Music Theory/History that might also help you in your decision on pursuing a music degree at American University.