Department Chair:  Amy Grinsteiner

Faculty:  Brendon Bushman; Brian Campbell; Scott Campbell; Patti Cudd; Christopher Dickhaus; Lisa Drontle; Carolyn Finley; Jennifer Gerth; Jacob Grewe; Amy Grinsteiner; Maia Hamann; Samuel Holmberg; Gyehyun Jung; Kim Kasling; Carson King-Fournier; Robert Koopmann, OSB; Ming-Hui Lin; Omar Macias; Richard Manik; Tara Meade; Bradley Miller; Ryan Picone;; Shari Rothman; Joshua Schwalbach; Yauheniya Trubnikava; Edward Turley; Terry Vermillion; Susan Vollbrecht; Elizabeth York; Justin Zanchuk, Sue Zemlin; Jingqi Zhu

Music, one of the core Liberal Arts, is an expression of the human condition. The CSB/SJU Music Department seeks to deepen students' understanding and appreciation of music through challenging courses, excellent choral and instrumental ensembles, and a comprehensive array of individual studio lessons. Above all, the music department seeks to foster a life-long engagement with the art of music.

Performance is at the heart of the music program. Extensive musical opportunities are available for all students on campus regardless of their chosen major. All students are encouraged to participate in ensembles along with music majors and minors (pending audition), and all students are welcome to take studio lessons with permission of the instructor. The department offers courses designed for both the common curriculum and the music major or minor, depending on the students' level of interest and commitment.

The CSB/SJU Music Department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).


Assessment and review of student performance in music is compiled every semester and reviewed by faculty; additionally, students complete a self-assessment for each performance jury examination. Curricular review of all classroom activity, applied lessons, and ensembles, is done by the faculty on a rotating schedule, by division. Music majors complete a nationally-recognized Major Field Test indicating their level of mastery in music history and theory.

Acceptance to Major Requirements

Course Requirements:  MUSC 111/121, 112/122, 211/221, and 212/222

Minimum Grade and/or GPA for required courses:  Grade of C or better

Other Requirements:  Successful completion of 2 full-faculty jury exams upon completion of MUSC 112 and 211.  Recommendation of studio instructor and faculty vote at the time of application to acceptance to the major.


The music department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in liturgical music, music composition, music education (choral and/or instrumental for both elementary and secondary), music studies and performance.

Basic Requirements (24 credits)

Required Courses: 111, 112, 121, 122, 211, 212, 221, 222, 335, 336.

Special Requirements: All music majors are required to demonstrate basic musicianship, performance ability on a major instrument and piano proficiency (MUSC XXXB), unless the major instrument is organ. Some concentrations require additional proficiencies and/or secondary instrument study (see below).

Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble is required of majors in all concentrations. All seniors successfully complete a final project as their concentration requires (MUSC 391-394). All music majors are required to take a Major Field Test in music at the end of the junior or senior year (MUSC XXXE).

Concentration in Liturgical
Music (46-53 additional credits)

Required Courses:  323, 324, 327, seven semesters in applied music in one of the following: organ or voice (227, 337); supporting courses: EDUC 390; THEO 111, 300, 350, 351

Special Requirements: 

  • Solo recital in the junior and senior years (391/392)
  • Demonstration of organ and voice proficiencies are required (XXXC and XXXD, respectively); guitar proficiency is recommended. Organ majors must satisfy a proficiency in service playing (342A).
  • Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble for seven semesters.

Concentration in Music Composition
(30-36 additional credits)

Required Courses: 340, 345, five semesters of 357, 360, six semesters semesters in the major instrument (227, 337), if major instrument is not piano, continued piano study is recommended even after successful completion of the piano proficiency examination.

Special Requirements: Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble for seven semesters.

Concentration in Music Education

(Choral Education:  24-29 additional credits; Instrumental Education:  25-30 additional credits)

Sequences are offered for teacher candidates of Choral Music K-12 license and for Instrumental Music K-12 license.

Required Courses: 323, 324 (for choral education) or 316, 317, 318, 319, 325, 326 (for instrumental education), seven semesters are required in the major instrument(227, 337).

Special Requirements:

  • Students in music education are required to have a secondary instrument (114). Those pursuing the choral education sequence who do not have voice as their primary area of study must fulfill two levels of voice competencies; levels of competence in major areas of performance are distributed by the instructor.
  • Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble for seven semesters.
  • For instrumental education: seven semesters of large ensemble experience (from 231, 233 or 238) and a minimum of two additional semesters of small ensemble experience (from 237, 240 instrumental ensembles, or 241-243). Note: Students desiring a K-12 teaching license in vocal or instrumental music must be accepted into the education department to complete a minor in education.
  • See education department listing for the supporting minor in education requirements.
  • Students in music education may receive special credit towards some core requirements. However, they are advised that a program in music fulfilling Minnesota state licensure requirements may require a ninth semester, course overloads and/or attendance at summer school. Students are urged to contact the education department regarding requirements.

Concentration in
Music Studies
(24-28 additional credits)

Required Courses:  Eight semesters in the major instrument (227, 337); 8 credits from 260, 261, 327, 340-354 (credits from 316-326 are also accepted).

Special Requirements: Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble for seven semesters.

Concentration in Performance
(24-32 additional credits)

Required Courses:   Eight semesters in the major instrument (227, 337); 8 credits from 260, 261, 327, 340-357 (credits from 316-326 are also accepted). Pedagogical courses under the special studies division are recommended for this degree concentration.

Special Requirements:

  • Solo recital in the junior and senior years (391-392).
  • Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble for eight semesters.
  • Voice performance majors must meet proficiency in one language (French, German, Italian or Spanish).

Minor (24 credits)

Required Courses:   111, 112, 121, 122, (211 and 221 if placed out of 111 and 121), four semesters of 228, and 335 or 336.  Four credits of electives chosen from 151-159, 211, 221, (211 and 221 not applicable as electives if placed out of 111 and 121), 228(2 credits max.), 260, 261, 271-274, 327, 342-02A, 358 (major role).

Special Requirements: Participation in a choral and/or instrumental ensemble for four semesters.

Courses (MUSC)

(Grading: S/U for 0 credit courses)