WVSU Offers New Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Performance Degree

Contact: Kimberly Osborne
(304) 766-3363

June 29, 2015
WVSU Offers New Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Performance Degree
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) now offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Music Performance for students who seek competitive music careers or will pursue graduate work.

The goal of the program is to prepare professional vocalists and musicians to meet the musical needs of the Kanawha Valley, the state and the nation, as well as to prepare them for future graduate study.

“The approval and implementation of a BFA degree in Music Performance at West Virginia State University fills a void in the cultural scene of the Kanawha Valley,” said Dr. Scott Woodard, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at WVSU. “Students advancing through our program prepare themselves for careers in the competitive realm of music performance or for graduate work.  At the same time, these students experience and participate in the vibrant arts scene of Charleston as contributing members of the music community.”

The primary objective of institutions offering the BFA is to provide professional education in musical performance at the undergraduate level and to enable graduates to enter professional, performance-based careers in such fields as orchestral performance and studio teaching after earning the degree.

The Music Department in the College of Arts and Humanities offers the BFA with majors in Vocal and Instrumental Music. The degree enables students to move into the workforce of professional music in the Kanawha Valley and beyond, relying heavily upon the Music Department’s partnerships with local organizations including the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Students who earn this degree are also qualified to audition for performing positions with symphony orchestras, opera companies and Broadway theatre companies.

Enrollment for the fall semester at WVSU is now underway. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 17.

For more information, call (304) 204-4345 or toll-free at (800) 987-2112, or visit www.wvstateu.edu/admissions.

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