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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 2019 and returning students!

  • If you are a new music major or minor, please view our student handbook.
  • 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

February 11 & 12, 2016, Minneapolis Convention Center

Mingling & Music:  a social time - with music performed by CSB/SJU Music Faculty- for all graduates (and friends) who made music at St. Ben's and St. John's.  Register online.
To register, click here.
February 12, 2016, 5:00 PM- 7:30 PM, St. Olaf Catholic Church in Minneapolis

Faculty Recital: Fr. Robert Koopmann, Piano
February 15, 2016, 8:00 PM, SBH Theater

Faculty Recital: Givens, Kent, Theimer, Turley

February 17, 2016, 8:00 PM, SBH Theater  

FAP: Axel Strauss with CSB/SJU Orchestra
February 27, 2016, 7:30 PM, Escher Auditorium

Faculty Recital: Justin Zanchuk, Trumpet & Amy Grinsteiner, Piano
February 29, 2016, 7:30 PM, Escher Auditorium

Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band
March 2, 2016, 7:30 PM, Escher Auditorium

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

Faculty Chamber Recital: Lucia Magney, Cello & Amy Grinsteiner, Piano
March 13, 2016, 4:00 PM, SBH Theater 


*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. Brian Campbell
Department Chair
Music Department


SJU Music 205