Practice makes perfect

Turn your passion into a career

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Whether you’re looking to gain more confidence performing or simply home in on your signature sound, FLC’s Music Performance major offers a safe, challenging place to discover your artistic potential. As a student- musician, you’ll spend most of your time training, getting constructive feedback from your peers and professors, and falling deeper in love with music.

Admission Requirements

Admission to FLC and the Performing Arts Department Music program is a dual admission process. Application to be a student at the College is through the Admission Office. 

Admission to our music programs is through an audition admission process. You can audition prior to acceptance by the Admission Office. Acceptance to the Music Department does not guarantee admission to FLC.

Practice & performance

What it's like to study music at FLC


Tayler Smith, Music Performance, ‘20

"The FLC Music Department has played an incredible role in my growth as an artist and as a person. Having such talented and committed musicians to learn from will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on my career as a musician."

A community of opportunity

Between chances to perform on campus and in Durango, and the opportunity to learn from professional musicians serving as guest artists, you’ll have an abundance of musical experience under belt before you graduate.


You will have the opportunity to perform in the symphonic band, chamber orchestra, percussion ensemble, jazz ensemble, concert choir, men’s choir, chamber choir, and other instrumental and vocal chamber ensembles.

San Juan Symphony Orchestra

Upper-division string students are able to audition for the San Juan Symphony Orchestra. The SJSO is a semi-professional orchestra whose members come from Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Artist in Residence Program

The program presents a variety of concerts and master classes by guest artists to enhance your musical education. An endowment has been established to support the program and has grown to well over $100,000.


The road ahead

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With your artistic potential honed, you'll be able to bring your craft wherever you go. Your career in musical performance can take as many turns as a Wagner composition.

Imagine yourself as a:

  • Orchestra performer
  • Armed forces performer
  • Conductor
  • Concert soloist
  • Dance band member
  • Church choir director
  • Opera company performer