The music performance program offers all MIT students (graduate and undergraduate) vocal and instrumental options in the areas of classical, jazz and world music. These include MIT Symphony Orchestra, MIT Wind EnsembleMIT Chamber ChorusMIT Concert Choir, the Festival Jazz Ensemble, a Balinese gamelan (Gamelan Galak Tika), a Senegalese drumming ensemble (Rambax MIT), and the brand new MIT Laptop Ensemble. Additionally, the Chamber Music Society offers expert coaching and performance in small, classical instrumental and vocal ensembles, jazz combos and a jazz choir. All these performance groups are led by our select faculty of renowned composers, performers, and historians and are available for academic credit if desired.

If you are interested in private vocal or instrumental study with a Boston-area master teacher, you are encouraged to audition for the Emerson/Harris Program for Private Study which grants financial assistance to enrolled MIT students for private lessons. If you wish to take private lessons outside of this program, please contact us ( and the faculty can help you find an appropriate instructor.

For the experienced soloist, MIT Symphony Orchestra sponsors a Concerto Competition that awards the opportunity to perform with the orchestra on one of its concerts.

Pianists at MIT may try out for orchestral parts, audition for the Concerto Competition, participate in chamber music, audition for the Emerson/Harris Program for Private Study and perform solo recitals as part of that program. They may also collaborate as vocal or instrumental accompanists via 21M.451 Studio Accompanying for Pianists under the guidance of pianist Eileen Huang. In addition, pianists may audition for admission into 21M.410 Vocal Repertoire and Performance class offered each spring.

For audition information for all the above-mentioned programs, click here.