Liturgical Music

The Liturgical Music concentration prepares students for positions in parish music and liturgy. Graduates of our Liturgical Music concentration experience excellent opportunities in full-time parish placement, serving in positions as music and liturgy directors, organists, and choral directors. Enrolled students are often employed as part-time liturgical musicians in area parishes. Maintaining coordination with the Theology Department is critical for success.

Students should consult with their music department faculty advisor prior to registration.

Liturgical Music Degree Requirements

Core (Common to all Concentrations):

  • MUSC 111 - Comprehensive Musicianship I (3 credits)
  • MUSC 121 - Musicianship Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 112 - Comprehensive Musicianship II (3 credits)
  • MUSC 122 - Musicianship Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 211 - Comprehensive Musicianship III (3 credits)
  • MUSC 221 - Musicianship Skills III (1 credit)
  • MUSC 212 - Comprehensive Musicianship IV (3 credits)
  • MUSC 222 - Musicianship Skills IV (1 credit)
  • MUSC 335 - History of Music I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 336 - History of Music II (4 credits)

Lessons (7 Semesters):

  • MUSC 227 - Applied Voice or Organ (for at least first four semesters) (1 credit)
  • MUSC 337 - Applied Voice or Organ (upper division lessons; can be taken beginning in fifth semester) (1 credit)
  • MUSC 114 - Secondary Instrument (guitar recommended) (1 credit)

Ensembles (7 Semesters):

  • MUSC 230 - Symphonic Band (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 231 - Wind Ensemble (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 232 - Chamber Choir (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 233 - Orchestra (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 234 - Men's Chorus (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 235 - Women's Choir (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 237 - Clarinet Ensemble (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 238 - Jazz Ensemble (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 239 - All-College Choir (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 240 - Choral Arts Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Combo, String Chamber Music, Viola Da Gamba Ensemble, Brass Quintet (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 241 - Saxophone Quartet (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 242 - Brass Choir (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 243 - Percussion/Marimba Ensemble (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 244 - Gregorian Chant Schola (0-1 credits)

Special Studies:

  • MUSC 323 - Choral Techniques I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 324 - Choral Techniques II (4 credits)
  • MUSC 327 - Music for the Liturgy (4 credits)
  • MUSC 346 - Service Playing (1-4 credits)
  • EDUC 390 - Human Relations (4 credits)
  • THEO 111 - The Biblical Tradition (4 credits)
  • THEO 202 - Engaging Scripture (4 credits)
  • THEO 350 - Christian Worship (4 credits)
  • THEO 351 - Initiation and Eucharist (4 credits)

Music Major Field Test:

Required for graduation. Students are required, in the spring of their Junior or Senior year, to take a standardized Major Field Test covering Theory & Analysis, Literature, History, and Aural Skills. Students may take the standardized test only after completing the Music History sequence (MUSC 335 & MUSC 336). (0 credits)

Piano Proficiency Exam:

Students must pass the piano proficiency exam to graduate. The purpose of the exam is to ensure that each student can use the piano as a functional tool. Students must demonstrate proficiency in basic sight-reading, clef reading, simple harmonization, and transposition at the keyboard. (0 credits)

Important Considerations:

Demonstration of organ and voice proficiencies are required and guitar proficiency is recommended. Proficiency exams can be taken only during juries at the end of the semester. Organ majors must satisfy proficiency in Service Playing.