Explore your artistic expression and achieve instrumental mastery that can help you prepare for a successful career in music.
Baldwin Wallace’s keyboard performance major includes studies in piano, organ and harpsichord. It is a rigorous program that combines comprehensive coursework with private lessons and extensive performance experiences.
Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are inherent to the program. BW’s faculty-student ratio is 7:1 for the Conservatory of Music.
Baldwin Wallace faculty are established professionals with real-world experience, impressive credentials and networking connections. They’re published composers, authors, musicians and researchers dedicated to your personal and professional success.
Both in the classroom and in the studio, they’ll help you develop strong technical, artistic, analytical and entrepreneurial skills. You’ll receive outstanding preparation for graduate school studies and career opportunities.
Also impressive are the 87 new Steinway pianos located within the Conservatory of Music. BW is in the final stages of earning a prestigious designation as an All-Steinway School.
BW has an active role in Northeast Ohio’s vibrant arts community. The University’s 20-minute proximity to Cleveland puts you within easy access to the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Playhouse Square and more.
- Music educator
- Chamber musician
- Orchestral musician
- Music business executive
- Arts administrator
- Private teacher
- Concert soloist
- Church or theatre musician or director
Baldwin Wallace has achieved the elite All-Steinway School designation for its Conservatory of Music. In 2015, BW joined a prestigious list of just 14 conservatories worldwide that boast this renowned classification. The addition of 88 Steinway pianos will further elevate your learning experience by having lessons and performance opportunities on the same quality instruments that are the standard in concert halls worldwide.
VIBRANT FACILITY ENGAGES STUDENTS
Striking Boesel Musical Arts Center is a picturesque four-building complex that houses BW's Conservatory of Music. It's a seamless blend of historic architecture and modern design. The facility houses 50 soundproofed practice rooms, instructional space, practice studios and impressive rehearsal halls that can accommodate the latest technologies for teaching and performance.
EXCEPTIONAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES
Innovation, excellence and outstanding hands-on learning and performance opportunities make Baldwin Wallace's Conservatory of Music a proven choice for students nationwide. The undergraduate-only Conservatory provides an exceptional learning environment for students to take lead roles in performing, conducting, managing and teaching. Alumni can be found at top graduate schools and working with the best orchestras, operas and theatres. Other alumni are employed in rewarding positions in teaching, arts management and music therapy.
Rigorous coursework coupled with intensive and extensive practical experiences provide comprehensive learning.
You’ll study music theory, history and literature, form and analysis, tonal harmony, Solfège and more. You’ll learn to apply critical thinking, creativity and technical skills to your work.
Outside the classroom, you’ll take private lessons and participate in rehearsals and performances with a major ensemble, as well as other performance activities.The culmination of your studies is a full-length recital program held during your senior year.
BW’s keyboard performance program offers an outstanding foundation for graduate school. It can be studied as a single major or companion field of study for a double major.
Student success is a top priority. Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the core of BW's Conservatory of Music programs.
Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. As an instrumental performance major, you’ll have numerous opportunities to demonstrate your musicianship:
- Regular studio classes
- Departmental recitals
- Conservatory convocations
- Guest master classes
- BW concerts
- BW opera and music theatre pit ensembles
- Semester juries
- Required degree recitals
- Annual concerto competition
With more than 325 events a year, Baldwin Wallace's Conservatory of Music offers an impressive array of performance opportunities.
Competitive auditions are held for positions in BW’s Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Motet Choir and University Choir. Other impressive large ensembles include the Symphonic Band, BW Singers and Women's Choir.
IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES
Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music has outstanding campus performance traditions and collaborations with regional and national organizations. A few examples include:
- Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival
The three-day campus event is the oldest collegiate Bach Festival in the country. It features lectures, BW performance groups, faculty members and renowned professional soloists and musicians. Baldwin Wallace students consider the unusual opportunity of participating, as colleagues, with world-class professionals a high point in their performing experience. The festival is evolving to include year-round events, such as Bach Haus, that explore Bach's influence on a broad spectrum of music.
- FOCUS Festival of Contemporary Music
The biennial festival features the music of a contemporary composer who visits Baldwin Wallace for a week-long residency. At the conclusion of the week's rehearsals and symposia, the composer's music is performed in a series of concerts, including large ensembles and chamber groups.
- Art Song Festival
BW Conservatory of Music is home to this week-long biennial event that brings international concert artists, singers and pianists to campus. The festival focuses on the unique relationship between singer and pianist in the performance of art song repertoire. It provides an opportunity to hear renowned artists in both recital and master classes.
At Baldwin Wallace, student learning experiences are enhanced by exceptional resources that include:
- Riemenschneider Bach Institute
The institute houses rare items related to J.S. Bach and his circle, as well as historical reference materials, scores and a collection of classic recordings. It has one of the nation's most impressive holdings of Baroque manuscripts and first editions. It attracts scholars from around the world.
- Ferne Patterson Jones Memorial Music Library
A valuable campus resource, the library offers 18,000 scores, 7,000 books, and more than 10,000 sound and video recordings. Online resources to which the library subscribes include over one million tracks of streaming audio and video. Help with research is available by appointment, on a walk-in basis or through email.
At Baldwin Wallace, you'll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.
BW keyboard performance majors are finding their success.
Ryan Garrett '11 is associate music director for the Kinky Boots National Tour. He lives in New York City. From conducting shows at BW to working at Playhouse Square, BW afforded him experiences and connections with a strong network of professors and alumni who prepared him for his transition into the professional world.
Shawn Dawson '10 is director of music ministries and principal organist at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Springfield, Ohio. He is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. At BW, lessons and ensembles raised him to a higher level.
Kirsten Homdrom '09 is associate director of music at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, N.C. A dedicated team of BW professors nurtured her inquisitive ear and mind, preparing her for graduate studies. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Alexander Stefaniak ’06 is assistant professor of musicology at Washingston University in St. Louis. He is the author of “Schumann’s Virtuousity: Criticism, Composition, and Performance in Nineteenth Century German.” The Parma, Ohio, native holds a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music.