Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Instruments


Nyack’s Orchestral Instruments degree program prepares qualified students for professional performance in classical playing, graduate study in performance, and teaching privately.

Why Study Orchestral Instruments at Nyack?
  • Private weekly instrument lessons

  • Solo and ensemble performing experience

  • New York Metro area concert opportunities

  • Professionally trained Christian music faculty

  • Symphony and chamber attendance in New York City

  • Music electives that provide the freedom to focus on individual interests

What Will I Study?

Orchestral Instruments majors will take courses in the liberal arts and sciences, Bible and Christian ministry, and the following music components:

  • Music Theory, Analysis, and Ear Training

  • Music History and Literature

  • Music Technology and Studio Recording

  • Music and Worship

  • Composition, Orchestration, and Improvisation

  • Private Applied Lessons

  • Performance: Individual (Junior and Senior solo Recitals) and Ensemble

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Orchestral Instruments program are well prepared for auditions, professional music competitions, teaching privately, performing as a freelance soloist, and continuing their studies at the graduate level.  

Our Graduates

Our recent Orchestral Instruments graduates have gone on to excel in graduate studies as well as the following professions:

  • Recording Artist

  • Soloist

  • Private Studio Teacher

  • Freelance Performer


NASM* (National Association of Schools of Music) 

*Rockland Campus Only


“I treasure my time at the Nyack School of Music. I developed as a musician and a person thanks to my classes, wonderful professors, and friends. Nyack provided what I needed to take my next step in my career and go to graduate school.” Wendy (Godshall) Gierhart, Class of 2009