Instrumental study and training lie at the very core of musical formation. The School of Music provides all students intensive instrumental or vocal training, and a great variety of performing opportunities.
A large staff of renowned artist-teachers, who perform both nationally and internationally, guide students in practical studies.
Students of exceptional performing ability may be considered for the performance option allowing extra credit in each year of applied study. Students enrolled in this option are required to present a recital. There is also the opportunity for gifted students to participate in a concerto competition. The winner of the competition may be invited to appear as soloist with orchestra.
Queen's students may participate in large ensembles such as Choral Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, or a variety or smaller chamber groups. In the course of the B.Mus. program, students are required to participate in a minimum of four ensembles.
The musical experience is rounded out by the rich musical life of Kingston. Centrally located in relation to Ontario's and Quebec's largest urban centres, and just a few hours from New York and other American cities, Kingston serves as a crossroads for artists on tour. Concerts of the highest international calibre are regularly sponsored by the Performing Arts Office of the University. In addition, the Kingston Symphony is a community-based orchestra with resident professional musicians, many of whom teach in the School of Music as instructors of applied music. Artists of international renown perform in subscription series with the orchestra. In recent years, a considerable number of students playing orchestral instruments have been engaged by the orchestra on a professional basis during their residence at Queen's, providing them with additional performing experience and income. Both amateur and professional theatre and choral organizations offer voice students additional performance opportunities.