Instrumental study and training lie at the very core of musical formation.
The Dan School of Drama and Music provides intensive instrumental or vocal training, and offers students a great variety of performing opportunities.
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 at Queen's 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 major American cities, Kingston serves as a crossroads for artists on tour. Concerts of the highest international calibre are regularly sponsored by the The Isabel Bader Centre For The Performing Arts.
The Kingston Symphony is a community-based orchestra with resident professional musicians, many of whom teach at Queen's as instructors of applied music. 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.