Career Development - Department of Performing Arts - Music - Christopher Newport University

Department of Performing Arts - Music

Career Development

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Pre-Certification: Choral


  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • Private schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Conservatories
  • School administration


  • Acquire teaching certificate for public school teaching
  • Gain experience working with children through volunteer or part-time work experiences
  • Terminal degree required to teach in higher education
  • Performance ability on one instrument or voice and piano skills
  • Specialization in instrumental, choral or elementary music

Performance: Instrumental and Vocal


  • Military bands
  • Symphony orchestras
  • Small ensembles
  • Concert soloist
  • Church choirs
  • Community ensembles
  • Opera chorus or soloist
  • Music theater
  • Ballet productions


  • Develop exception musical skills
  • Perform in numerous ensembles and venues
  • Seek competitions, apprenticeship programs and workshops to gain experience and to network with major artists, teachers, managers and employers



  • Colleges and universities
  • Conservatories
  • Public and private commissions


  • Develop computer and research skills
  • Gain thorough knowledge of and skills in theory and composition
  • Create compositions and secure performances

A service of New England Conservatory's Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department, Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection provides online access to 3,000 opportunities in music and arts administration. Our subscribers are taking their careers to the next level by connecting with the auditions, teaching positions, administrative positions, competitions, grants, scholarships, and festivals they find posted here fresh each day. - courtesy of New England Conservatory's Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department

See Elise Rose, Ferguson Center for the Arts, A130, for login information.

For use by current CNU students, faculty and staff only.

Have you ever wondered about the legal issues common to the music industry? There's a class for that!

BUSN 302 - Business Law for Musicians
The objective of this course is to introduce musicians to legal issues common to the industry. Through a combination of cases, examination of industry documents and hypothetical problems, students will learn about intellectual property law, particularly copyright, employment law, contract law, agency law, licensing and cyberlaw as it relates to the music industry.

More information about this class can be found in the Business section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Professional Organizations

  • American Bandmasters Association (by invitation only)
  • Association of Concert Bands
  • College Band Directors National Association
  • Lesbian and Gay Band Association
  • International Society for the Promotion of Research of Wind Music
  • National Bandmasters Association
  • Virginia Band Directors Association
  • World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles

  • International Horn Society
  • International Trombone Association
  • International Trumpet Guild
  • International Tuba Euphonium Association

  • American Choral Directors Association
  • Chorus America
  • International Federation for Choral Music
  • National Collegiate Choral Organization
  • Virginia Choral Directors Association

  • American Composers Alliance
  • American Composers Forum
  • American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
  • Broadcast Music Incorporated
  • The International Alliance of Women in Music
  • The International Computer Music Association
  • The International Society of Contemporary Music
  • National Association of Composers USA
  • National Association of Record Industry Professionals
  • New Music USA
  • The Society of Composers, Inc.
  • The Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States
  • Songwriters Guild of America
  • Vox Novus

  • Conductors Guild

  • Guitar Foundation of America
  • Tidewater Classical Guitar Society

  • American Harp Society

  • Jazz Education Network (JEN)

  • American Musicological Society
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music
  • International Council for Traditional Music
  • Society for American Music
  • Society for Ethnomusicology
  • The Virginia Folk Music Association

  • American String Teachers Association
  • International Society for Music Education
  • Music Educators National Convention
  • Music Teachers National Association
  • National Association for Music Educators
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • Virginia Music Educators Association
  • Virginia Band and Orchestra Association

  • Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies
  • American Associations of Independent Music
  • Association of Music Producers
  • Association of Technology in Music Instruction
  • Audio Engineering Society
  • International Conference on Music Information Retrieval
  • Music Business Association
  • National Association of Music Merchants
  • Recording Industry Association of America
  • Society of Professional Audi Recording Studios

  • American Guild of Organists

  • Percussive Arts Society

  • Society of Music Theory
  • Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic

  • Chamber Music America

  • American Viola Society
  • Suzuki Association of America
  • Violin Society of America

  • Opera America
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing

  • International Clarinet Association
  • International Double Reed Society
  • The National Flute Association
  • North American Saxophone Alliance

  • American Guild of Musical Artists
  • American Musical Instrument Society
  • College Music Society
  • Galpin Society
  • Guild of American Luthiers
  • Music Performance Trust Fund
  • Recording Artist Coalition
  • Society for Music Perception and Cognition
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