Music Performance

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    • Degrees
      Bachelor of Music in Performance – Vocal
      Bachelor of Music in Performance – Vocal Opera/Musical Theatre Emphasis
      Bachelor of Music in Performance – Instrumental
      Bachelor of Music in Performance – Piano
      Bachelor of Music in Performance – Organ   

      Whether it’s an audience of thousands or an audience of three, you were born to perform. Life on the stage is all you've ever dreamed about. Now it’s time to take your talent and passion, and turn that dream into reality. A Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Capital’s Conservatory of Music emphasizes performance in all aspects of study — vocal performance, vocal performance with opera/musical theatre emphasis, instrumental performance or keyboard performance on piano or organ. Simply add in the self-discipline and intellectual curiosity necessary to succeed, and you're well on your way. You also have the unique opportunity to combine a challenging and dynamic Conservatory experience with the broad-based learning provided by Capital’s liberal arts core curriculum. That will make you well rounded and adaptable, which is exactly the skillset you need to perform well — in any field.

      From start to finish, this degree emphasizes performance in all aspects of study. Begin by choosing one of four areas of emphasis:

      • vocal
      • instrumental
      • piano 
      • organ

      Combine that with a core course of study that includes wide-ranging performance experiences, from solo and stage to instrumental, choral, chamber and large ensemble. Then add a core curriculum that centers on applied lessons, music theory, history, keyboard studies, conducting and world music. The result is intense personalized instruction by world-class performers and educators, and outstanding practical experience — the perfect formula for a successful and rewarding career.

      Capital’s performance majors go on to do great things in the world of music. Many pursue advanced degrees at the finest graduate schools in the country, like Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, University of Cincinnati, Yale University, Manhattan School of Music and more. Others are living their dreams with opera houses and orchestras, or as solo or ensemble performers in this country or Europe. In fact, students who pursued their dreams and followed their passion with a Performance degree from Capital have performed on Broadway, with the Santa Fe Opera and with standouts like Maestro Lorin Maazel, Lady Antebellum, Peter Frampton and Shania Twain. Their lives and careers as performers took shape at Capital, and they’re even more meaningful today — impacting the world through music. 

    • Faculty

      Mark Andrew Baker

      Mark Andrew Baker is a professor of Voice and the director of Opera/Musical Theater. He has been teaching studio voice for more than 25 years. As a professional performer, he is credited with more than 60 leading roles with opera companies, including Peter in Hansel and Gretel, Sulpice in La Fille du Regiment and Alcindoro/Benoit in La Boheme with the Dayton Opera. He performed with the Baltimore Symphony as a featured soloist in the 100th gala performance of African Portraits where he shared the stage with James Earl Jones, Montel Williams and others. In 2003, he was the inaugural recipient of Artist of the Year from Opera Columbus, a testament to his more than 20 years of performing in Central Ohio.

      Tianshu Wang

      As professor of Piano and head of the keyboard area, Dr. Tianshu Wang won the prestigious Praestantia Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2011, which is the University's highest honor. She also is a Steinway Artist, a privilege extended to the world’s most distinguished pianists. Other Steinway Artists include Billy Joel, Michael Feinstein and Lang Lang. Wang’s studio includes a number of outstanding pianists who are winners in competitions at all levels. An active performer, Wang has appeared on China's National TV and in many cities in this country and throughout Asia. Her solo album titled Piano in China appeared on the cover of Fanfare magazine. In addition to teaching at the Capital Conservatory of Music, Wang is a professor and chair of the Piano Department at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China where she works for three months every year. 

      Dr. Lisa Jelle

      Lisa Jelle is professor of Flute at Capital University, principal flute with the Ashland and Central Ohio Symphonies, an associate musician with the Columbus Symphony and a frequent performer with the Hawaii Symphony and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. She is the winner of national auditions and a former member of the Honolulu and Austin Symphonies and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, as well as the Breckenridge Music Festival Chamber Orchestra. Her 2012 CD, Waltz into Madness, features compositions and arrangements by and with jazz pianist Mark Flugge, the Inspirare Duo with clarinetist Gail Lehto Zugger and the QuintEssential Winds, Capital's faculty woodwind quintet. 

      Dr. Jeffrey D. Gershman  

      Dr. Jeffrey D. Gershman recently joined the faculty of the Capital University Conservatory of Music, where he conducts the Symphonic Winds and Wind Symphony, and teaches conducting.

      Previously he has served as the associate director of bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; director of instrumental activities at Texas A&M University-Commerce; and the co-director of instrumental music at Monroe-Woodbury High School in Central Valley, New York. Gershman holds two degrees from Indiana University — Bachelor of Music Education with High Distinction as well as his Master of Music in Wind Conducting – the first such degree awarded by the Jacobs School of Music. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting degree at The University of Texas at Austin. 

      Gershman maintains an active conducting schedule, having led performances with the Dallas Wind Symphony and the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, as well as high school honor bands throughout the United States. He has presented lectures at many state and national conventions and is in high demand as adjudicator. Gershman has published articles on repertoire, programming and score study, which have been hailed as “ground breaking.” As an arranger, his transcriptions of works by Frank Zappa and John Corigliano have received critical acclaim, with performances at Carnegie Hall as well as regional and national conventions.

    • Explore Your Options

      Ian Howell
      A 1998 graduate of the Conservatory, Ian Howell originally thought he wanted to be a band instructor. But during his time at Capital, he changed his mind. "I was able to try a lot of different things while I was at Capital," he said. "I sang the entire time, played in the MIDI Band and used the recording studio. The were a lot of resources that allowed me to explore different options." Howell eventually changed his major from Music Education to Music Performance, and then went on to attend graduate school at the Yale School of Music/Institute for Sacred Music where he studied Voice & Early Music.

      Today Howell is an opera singer and an instructor at the New England Conservatory of Music. His 14-year performing and recording career as a member of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble, Chanticleer, and as a soloist with orchestras, opera companies and small ensembles across North and South America is marked by numerous accolades and awards. Still, his advice to students is simple: "Be honest with yourself. If you can think of anything else that can bring you joy in life, do that and have music be something you do in life because you love it personally. But if you are someone who cannot function without it, then that's where you want to pour all your energy, and give it every ounce that you have."

      Chris Bozeka
      Chris Bozeka is a 2013 graduate of the Conservatory. In July 2013, he sang under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel in the Castleton Festival in Virginia, which included performances in Spain. He has once again been selected to be featured in the 2014 Castleton Festival. He is currently a graduate student in vocal performance at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

      Andrew Graham
      Alumnus Andrew Graham (’97) has been making his mark on the national musical theater scene. Since 2012, he has served as the music director for the national tour of Wicked. His theatrical credits also include national tours as musical director or conductor of Avenue Q, Pippin, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Seussical the Musical, Oliver, The Music Man and Footloose.

      Darita Seth
      Darita Seth, who graduated from the Conservatory in 2013, is performing full time as a soprano in the Grammy Award-winning Chanticleer, the world’s top male a capella chorus. The San Francisco-based group was called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008.