Frequently Asked Questions

A large number of CSB/SJU graduating music majors become music teachers in grades K-12. Many become liturgical music directors, and some offer services as private music teachers. Some music majors pursue a performance career, often continuing music studies in graduate school. Recent graduates include:

Liturgical Music
Music Education and Administration

The Benedictine tradition places a high value on the role of the fine arts in society, as is immediately evident in a tour of CSB/SJU’s superior music facilities. “CSB and SJU not only talk about supporting the arts,” says Greg Walker, professor emeritus of theory and composition, “but they provide the resources needed for an excellent music program.” In addition to the Benedicta Arts Center’s 1,078-seat concert hall, the Escher Auditorium (preferred by many professional groups for recording and performance) and the 300-seat Gorecki Family Theater (one of the best equipped and most flexible theater facilities in the Upper Midwest) at CSB, the Abbey Church, Gertken Organ Studio and the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater at SJU provide additional high-quality performance space.

A large selection of practice rooms with pianos and organs are available on both campuses. The music library houses a superb collection of compact discs, records, listening equipment, and scores.

Performance opportunities are built into both the music major and minor programs. In the junior and senior years, music majors frequently present hour-long recitals open to the college community and to the public. The Student Performance Series provides an opportunity for students to perform pieces that they are working on in a semi-formal setting with an audience of supportive peers. In addition to solo performance opportunities, numerous choral and instrumental ensembles are open to both majors and non-majors. There are also many performance opportunities outside of our campuses.

See our comprehensive list of the academic year’s music events.

Choral Assessment and Auditions

Students who would like to participate in one of our touring ensembles – Chamber Choir, Men’s Chorus, and Women’s Choir – must complete an audition for placement. You will be able to indicate your preference when you complete your online audition application. No audition is required to join the All-College Choir.

Choral assessment and audition process

Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

All auditions for the 2021-22 academic year for Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Orchestra will be completed by online video submission. Cell phone videos are acceptable if that is the only equipment available.  If you are auditioning for multiple ensembles, you will need to complete separate submissions for each ensemble.

Instrumental ensemble audition process

Absolutely! Students at CSB/SJU value the liberal arts and pursue a well-rounded lifestyle. Therefore, many students often participate in various types of groups, in academics, the arts, and athletics. Many music students play or sing in more than one musical ensemble, and several participate in both musical ensembles and athletic activities. Schedule conflicts can arise, however, so clear (and early) communication between students, professors, and activity directors is key to being successful as a busy music student.

Yes! To learn more and to apply, visit the Art, Music, and Theater Scholarship Information page.

Explore Music Opportunites on CSB+SJU Accepted Student Days! 

The CSB and SJU Music Department invites high school students with a passion for music (Major, Minor, & Non-majors!) to attend!

Music Immersion Experience Dates (starting at 1:20 p.m.). Select the date below to sign up!
February 19
March 15
March 25
April 5

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Amy Grinsteiner
Chair, Music Department


SJU Music 106

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