Music Performance

The Conservatory of Music is a community of artist-teachers and gifted young Christian musicians, striving for the highest artistic achievement to the glory of God.

What will I study?

It is intended that this degree be pursued by students who wish to 1) pursue a career as a professional performer; 2) teach privately or on the college/university level; or 3) concentrate on developing their performance skill to the highest level possible within the context of a four-year bachelors degree program.

The primary objective of this program is that of preparing students for graduate study in performance, which is considered a foundational standard in pursuing a performing career or a career as a teacher, whether privately or on the college-university level. This degree program adheres to the standard as it is articulated by the major schools of music in the U.S., although it is recognized that not all students completing the BM Performance degree will actually choose to enroll in a graduate program in performance. Performance area options available to Biola music majors include: voice, wind instruments, percussion, stringed instruments (including harp and guitar), piano, and organ.

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Admissions Requirements

All students seeking admission must demonstrate musical background and performance strengths necessary for successful completion of the stated curriculum. Admission into Biola University does not guarantee admission into the Conservatory as a music major. A student will be admitted to the Conservatory after:

  1. Meeting requirements for University admission
  2. Completing a Conservatory application with the required number of references Note: Conservatory application may be completed before a student's University application has been completed and reviewed.
  3. Completing a Conservatory audition, including a basic musicianship examination designed to demonstrate university level music study readiness. Auditions may be scheduled through the music office at 562-903-4892; auditions cannot be scheduled until all Conservatory application materials and reference forms are received.

Go Deeper

For more information, check out this department's website:

Conservatory of Music Website

Interesting classes I might take

  • Improvisation
  • Music History
  • Basic Conducting
  • Church Music

Why choose Music Performance at Biola?

Since 1970, the Biola University Conservatory of Music has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. While this means that the music program is grounded firmly in the classical tradition, students are encouraged to develop their individual styles whether classical or contemporary. In fact, because of the excellent faculty-student ratio, much time is spent cultivating students' talent and helping them reach their potential as musicians.

What are BU Music graduates doing now?

Biola graduates from the Music major have gone on to study at graduate schools and pursue professional performance opportunities and careers as follows:

  • Indiana University
  • Peabody Conservatory
  • San Francisco Conservatory
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • Eastman School of Music
  • University of Michigan
  • LA Opera
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
  • The Metropolitan Opera
  • Air Force and Navy military music ensembles
  • Church worship leaders at Church of the Open Door and the Crystal Cathedral
  • "Musicianaries" around the world including Romania and South Africa

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  • Student Send-Off

    July 25, 2014

    Are you an incoming Biola student for the 2014/15 academic year? Get acquainted with the Biola community before even arriving on campus! A 2014 Biola Student Send-Off Mixer is coming to a town near you, and we want you to be there!

  • Conservatory of Music Visit Day

    November 17, 2014

    Are you a sophomore, junior or senior in high school or transfer student who plans to major in Music? Well you are in luck because the Conservatory of Music has dedicated a day just for you! Our music visit day has exclusive opportunities for you to audition, visit classes, tour the campus, and enjoy a delicious meal in our cafeteria.

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