Ample opportunity for solo performance is provided throughout the school year. Those string students who are majoring in music are required to present a senior recital. Students who elect to enter the performance emphasis program present both junior and senior recitals.
For the instrumental music education major, the department of music offers a two-semester strings class to be taken in addition to private lessons. This course, designed to give students playing technique on all string instruments along with a knowledge of current pedagogical practices, provides the foundation necessary for successful music teaching.
Ensemble performance opportunities include the Missouri Western Philharmonic, a college-community orchestra, designed to teach students the technique of orchestra playing.
String students at MWSU also have the opportunity of auditioning for the St. Joseph Symphony Orchestra, a fully-professional regional orchestra.