Master of Music in Performance

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Give yourself the extra edge in performing

For enhancing skills and bringing them to a professional level, there’s no better way than private study. All of our master of music in performance students study with Loyola’s artist faculty who perform professionally and have extensive backgrounds.

  • Designed for students who wish to teach applied music at an advanced level.
  • Concentration may be elected in voice, organ, harpsichord, piano, church music, or any orchestral instrument.
  • 30 hours of coursework to complete degree. See the Degree Program Course Listing »


Masterclasses with prominent visiting artists help students get the experts’ perspective. The city’s wealth of professional performing organizations such as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, offers the perfect environment to hone your musical skills. The highly competitive Concerto-Aria Competition gives students a chance to perform with the Loyola Symphony Orchestra.


For the exceptional singer, Loyola offers the essential vocal training needed to advance into professional and educational settings. Our voice faculty is a diverse body that brings the highest level of professionalism and performing experience. Graduates are well prepared for professional careers in opera, higher education, and other teaching roles.

On campus, performance opportunities abound. The Loyola Chorale, Chamber Singers, and University Chorus perform demanding repertoire and afford chances for solos. Pick up stage experience with the Loyola Opera Theatre or through a paid engagement in a local church. Loyola students also have the opportunity to perform, by audition, secondary roles with the New Orleans Opera Association and other music theater organizations in the New Orleans area. See graduate voice audition requirements»

Admissions Requirements:

  • A completed application for graduate admission: online application or printed application
  • Undergraduate baccalaureate degree in music
  • Résumé: Provide a current resume, including relevant work experience.
  • Statement of Educational goals (500-word essay) addressing the questions:
    • How do you think a Master of Music in Performance will enhance your academic and/or professional career?
    • What do you hope to gain by being part of Loyola's graduate program?
    • What do you bring to the Master of Music in Performance program? 
  • $20 Application Fee
  • Two Recommendation Forms - Recommendation forms should be completed by your college professors or employer (someone in a supervisory capacity).  
  • Audition: Please be aware that admission to the master's degrees in the College of Music requires that applicants complete a successful audition. The audition/interview application can be found at the following website: Audition Requirements. The College of Music must receive audition/interview applications at least two weeks prior to the selected date.

The following Graduate Music Application Requirements must be mailed to:
Loyola University New Orleans, Graduate Admissions
6363 St. Charles Avenue, Campus Box 148
New Orleans, LA 70118​

  • Official Transcripts - Official Transcripts are required from every college and university attended since high school, including any schools attended through dual enrollment programs or summer session.  Official transcripts may be sent directly to Loyola’s Admissions Office or you can have them sent to yourself in the school’s envelope.  Do not break the seal of the envelope.
  • International Students: In addition to the documents listed above, international students must submit the following: TOEFL score report; we require a score of 580 (paper-based), 237 (computer-based), 92 (Internet-based), or higher. TOEFL scores are valid for two years. Score reports must be sent by ETS to the mailing address listed above. Candidate copies are not acceptable. International students requiring an F-1 or J-1 visa must submit an Affidavit of Support showing sufficient funds to finance the course of studies and living expenses.

Application deadlines

  • The Masters of Music Performance Program considers applications on a rolling basis. It is strongly recommended that Masters of Music Performance candidates plan their matriculations to begin in the fall semester due to the structure of the program.


The College of Music and Fine Arts administers talent-based music scholarships for graduate students. These awards vary according to the student’s potential for continued musical and academic progress, and the performance needs of the college. Retention of a music scholarship depends on satisfactory musical and academic progress and the student’s fulfillment of performance requirements as stipulated in the scholarship contract. The university's Scholarships + Financial Aid Office is available to help you with FAFSA forms, private loans, grants, and other financial aid opportunities.

Tuition/Fee Schedule

Graduate Tuition can be found on the Loyola Admissions Page >>

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