Posted on January 15th, 2015 in Experiences
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We believe in the power of performance, but not just three or four high-stakes concerts—hundreds of performances.
Our belief in the power of performance is what sets us apart from other music schools. In a traditional conservatory setting, students typically rehearse a small repertoire over and over again, with the intention of delivering two or three flawless recitals at the end of the semester.
At CBU, we turn the conventional conservatory model on its head by helping you master your repertoire quickly and testing it with numerous performances in a wide range of venues. You might play with a large ensemble in a local church or with a small group at a school in Montana. You might find yourself soloing in a celebrated concert hall in Spain.
If you want to be a professional musician, you’ll need to know what it takes mentally, physically and emotionally to perform multiple times a week. You’ll need to know how to adapt to different venues, how the size of the stage limits or enhances different aspects of your performance, how the sound system or the acoustics of the room affect how the audience will receive your performance.
The bottom line is that we want you to be prepared to convey meaning and emotion to the people who have come to see you perform, regardless of the venue, your state of mind or the demands of your schedule. We want you to connect with audiences, and that is a skill that must be developed over time. The only way to hone that skill is to perform, reflect on your performance, and perform again. And again. And again.
When you graduate from CBU, you’ll not only be equipped to deliver memorable performances, you’ll also be prepared to communicate in and adapt to a wide variety of professional settings. Regardless of what profession you pursue, the ability to perform confidently in the face of adversity will serve you well.