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Music performance at St. Thomas: experience world-class music instruction.

What are recent graduates doing now?

We have students performing in the Metropolitan Opera, major orchestras across the United States, as well as in professional jazz and rock bands. These students have chosen a musician career path where they are now pursuing their passion and being paid for it!

Learning opportunities outside of the classroom:

Internships. Our students have the opportunity for several performance options outside of UST.

Study abroad. Music performance students often travel abroad for a semester or two, studying in major conservatories and smaller institutions. Additionally, each of our major ensembles travels internationally giving performance tours, which allows them to immerse in the native culture and serve the community through music performance.

Faculty at work

Our performance faculty consists of international performers and conductors appearing as guest artists in countries across the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, South America, China, Japan and Australia. Several of our performance faculty members have regular engagements as performers with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera and countless other professional ensembles, both classical and popular, throughout the twin cities.

What jobs are possible with a Music Performance major?

  • Program director
  • Stage manager
  • Booking agent
  • Agent
  • Artistic representative
  • Business/ personal manager
  • Talent agent
  • Theatrical agent
  • Music critic
  • Music publisher
  • Music editor
  • Music union director
  • Instrument repairer/restorer
  • Lawyer
  • Music shop owner/manager
  • Piano tuner
  • Instrument designer
  • Advertising account executive
  • Author
  • Music distributor
  • Consultant
  • Museum curator
  • Instrument sales representative
  • Music journalist
  • Concert promoter
  • Youth director
  • Announcer
  • Choir director
  • Church musician
  • Concert master
  • Conductor
  • Band member


  • Fold musician
  • Jingle singer
  • Music supervisor
  • Opera singer
  • Song writer
  • Organist
  • Orchestra performer
  • Back-up musician/vocalist
  • Section leader/member
  • College professor
  • Teacher
  • Private lesson teacher
  • Musical coach
  • Studio teacher
  • Music librarian
  • Music therapist
  • Stage manager
  • Concert soloist
  • Parish liturgist
  • Musical theatre
  • Video jockey
  • Audio technician
  • Boom operator
  • General director
  • Music video producer
  • Recording engineer
  • Recording mixer
  • Sound technician
  • Arranger
  • Composer
  • Lyricist
  • Music publisher
  • Music editor
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