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Music Department

No matter your interests — vocal or instrumental, jazz or classical — we have opportunities that will let you stretch yourself musically. We have the facilities, the environment and the community to support your musical interests. Our philosophy is "Find Your Music Within."

Welcome Class of 2020 and returning students!

  • Are you interested in auditioning for one of our vocal or instrumental ensembles? View audition requirements.
  • Theory Tutoring: Mondays at CSB from 5:30-6:30 pm and Wednesdays at SJU from 4:30-5:30 pm

Upcoming Events

Bruce Thornton/Leisure Valley Jazz Quartet
September 26, 7:30 PM, Gorecki Family Theater

Choral Concert**
October 8, 2016, 8:00 PM, Great Hall

October 14, 2016, 8:00 PM, SBH Theater

October 15, 2016, 7:30 PM, Escher Auditorium

Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combos
October 17, 2016, 7:30 PM, Escher Auditorium

Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band
October 19, 2016, 7:30 PM, Escher Auditorium

Dr. Marcie Hagen Givens & Jenya Trubnikava Recital
October 21, 2016, 8:00 PM, SBH Theater

Dr. Edward Turley & Dr. Amy Grinsteiner Two-Piano Recital
October 25, 2016, 8:00 PM, SBH Theater

Women's Choir
November 6, 2016, 2:00 PM, Sacred Heart Chapel

Music Exploration Day
November 7, 2016

Dennis Alexander Piano Festival & Competition
November 12, 2016

Percussion Ensemble
November 14, 2016, 7:30 PM, Escher Auditorium

Amahl and the Night Visitors**
November 18, 2016, 7:30 PM, SBH Theater
November 19, 2016, 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM, SBH Theater
November 20, 2016, 2:00 PM, SBH Theater

Chamber Ensembles - Wind
November 21, 2016, 7:30 PM, Escher Auditorium 

Christmas at St. John's**
December 2, 2016, 8:00 PM, Great Hall
December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM, Great Hall

Celebrating the Season**
December 3, 2016, 8:00 PM, Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis

All College Choir
December 4, 2016, 2:00 PM, Great Hall

Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combos 
December 5, 2016, 7:30 PM, Escher Auditorium

Chamber Ensembles - String
Deember 6, 2016, 7:30 PM, Escher Auditorium

Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band 
December 7, 2016, 7:30 PM, Escher Auditorium

December 11, 2016, 2:00 PM, Escher Auditorium

*All performances marked with an asterisk are ticketed events. Tickets can be purchased through the Box Office: 320-363 - 5777*

Overview of Program

  • Music Major with concentrations in Music Education (Instrumental or Vocal), Performance, Composition, Liturgical Music, and Music Studies
  • Outstanding musical facilities for performance and pedagogy
  • Excellent music library collection
  • Successful graduates
  • Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Program Highlights

  • Outstanding faculty of practicing musicians.
  • Student ensembles tour nationally and internationally.
  • Many opportunities to double major.
  • Workshops in popular music topics such as song writing and composing for video games.
  • A quarter of all CSB/SJU students are in music classes or ensembles each semester.

Hear from Our Alums

Peter Rothstein's '88 words of advice: "Do what you love. Your life will be ultimately richer because you live your passion."  Not only is this his advice, but his life motto. Read more.

"A day without music is like a black and white sunset." Read how Heidi Wolak-Faber '97 continues to fill her days with music more than 10 years after graduating.

Kraig Windschitl, a 2000 graduate says: "I wanted the sacred, historical, and performance aspects of music study. This was the perfect place for it." Read more about Kraig.

Hear from more alums of the CSB/SJU music department.

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Contact Us

Dr. Edward Turley
Department Chair
Music Department


SJU Music 112