Performance Opportunities and Degree Programs

Whether you major in Music PerformanceMusic EducationCommercial MusicMusic BusinessBachelor of Arts in Music, or something else entirely, your opportunities for performance are unlimited at Millikin! You willl play in the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra side-by-side with Millikin faculty and professionals from across central Illinois.

In addition, we feature:

  • A student string orchestra (String Arts Ensemble)
  • A student chamber orchestra (Sinfonietta)
  • Student chamber ensembles

There are frequent opportunities to play sessions in Millikin's state-of-the-art recording studio plus the chance to "earn as you learn" performing for weddings, receptions, banquets and other community and social events.

Numerous Musical Theater, Theater, and Opera productions offer opportunities to perform in pit orchestras and on stage. There are weekly Student Recitals and monthly String Area Recitals. The annual Concerto/Aria Competition selects winners who perform with the MDSO in concert. Every year the Hollis Prize Competition selects the outstanding classical performer in the School of Music. The winner receives a $2000 cash prize and additional performance opportunities.

Audition Requirements

For Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass:

  • Perform two contrasting solo pieces
  • An etude (For violin: Dont Op. 37, Mazas, Kreutzer, or similar; For cello: Dotzauer, Lee, Merk, Schroeder, Popper, Duport or similar)
  • Three-octave major and minor scales for Violin, Viola, and Cello; two-octave major scales for Bass
  • Sight-read selected musical examples

The Amati String Scholarship

The Amati String scholarship, offered to School of Music students, covers up to full tuition for exceptionally talented string students. For more information on The Amati String Scholarship please click the button below or contact the audition coordinator at

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Sharon Chung, Viola; Amy Catron, Cello; Mark Tonelli, Guitar, Ion-Alexandru Malaimare, Violin