Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Instruments


Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Instruments


The Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Instruments offers students the opportunity to pursue a degree which is focused upon historical and contemporary classical instrumental music and which may include studies of the music of Jazz. As in the case of every major, Orchestral Instruments has a strong biblical, academic, and theoretical foundation. Performance degrees represent the highest standards of professional studies, including the history, theory, pedagogy and practice of many genres of music.

Why Study Orchestral Instruments at Nyack College, New York City?
  • Students who study Orchestral Instruments will have access to some of the finest venues and artists in the world, including some who are on our faculty.
  • Students will enjoy a valuable academic program which will give them versatility and opportunity in their future graduate program or career choices.
  • Students will be nurtured in a Christian atmosphere in which they will find encouragement on their way to fulfillment.
  • Students will have an opportunity to explore and perform many types of music and to study with top scholars within the context of a State-accredited private institution.
  • Students will make lifelong friends and important interconnections in the world of music in general and music of their chosen instrument in particular.
What Will I Study as an Orchestral Instruments Major?

As an Orchestral Instruments Major, you will study the communication skills and the instrumental skills which will enable you to have a long and fruitful career in your chosen field. Together with your Nyack Core Curriculum, you will also study the history, methods, and practice of instrumental performance, including:

  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Conducting
  • Composition
  • Private lessons in your chosen instrument, of which many are offered
  • Instrumental Pedagogy (how to teach your instrument)
  • Music Technology
  • Accompanying or Chamber Music playing

Additionally, you will perform with elite music ensembles and you will be required to do a Junior Recital of approximately one-half hour in length and a Senior Recital of approximately one hour in length.

Career Opportunities

Students graduating with a BM Degree in Orchestral Instruments may be employed as solo or studio recording artists, church musicians, graduate students in Performance, or private teachers. The Degree enables them to go on to graduate school.

Our Graduates

Nyack College, New York City has a high percentage of working musicians among its graduates in piano, voice, and instrumental fields. A number have gone on to higher education in reputed graduate institutions and conservatories. Several of our graduates have a worldwide touring career. Some are music ministers at respected local churches; some teach in State and private colleges. Our graduates have shown the value of a versatile and creative Music program and continue to make us proud.

Key Faculty

Duo artists, Lars Frandsen and Carlos Cuestas

Dr. Lars Frandsen’s fine reputation as a classical guitarist has brought many stellar guitarists to our campus, including his colleague and performance partner, Prof. Carlos Cuestas. Both faculty members are experts in the area of early music performance practice as well as the music of the classical guitar up to the present day. Dr. Lars is also Coordinator of our Theory program. Both are much respected by our students not only for their fine classroom teaching, but for their commitment to their playing and private teaching. Dr. Frandsen comes to us from Denmark via England, where he trained at the Royal Academy of Music (and later at Yale and Eastman); Prof. Carlos is a Nyack graduate and a current Doctoral student at The CUNY Graduate Center. 


Credits: 120
Standard Completion Time: 4 years
Accreditation: New York State Board of Regents, Middle States Commission on Higher Educatio


"Our Faculty are great human beings and wonderful Christian professors. They were very supportive and helped me by encouraging me to learn, be my best, and work hard. They were great mentors and put a lot of time and effort into assisting me with study and my life. So, I would like to say thank them for giving me the experience to help me grow in many ways. I am what I am because of you and your faith in me. I can now share it where I now work." (H.K. BM, Flute performance, 2012)

"Nyack College has been much more than a school for me. It has been an extended family that has always offered me the support and encouragement I needed as a student. Nyack offered me an experienced and professional faculty that helped me with my doubts, pushed me to reach my highest potential, supported my many quixotic projects as a performer, and gave me the crucial opportunity to be learn by teaching others. All of the opportunities Nyack College offered have guided me to make the necessary academic and professional decisions needed to achieve excellence in these fields. It enabled me to project my career as a musician and academic, and has given me the opportunity to give back to the Nyack community as an adjunct professor in the present term. God’s plan in my life has put Nyack College at the center as the place where many of my blessings have originated. I hope all of the current and future students see how fortunate they are to be in this institution and pray to continue being part of this wonderful project." (C.C., BM, Guitar Performance, 2009