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 click here to view our student handbook!

Are you interested in auditioning for one of our vocal or instrumental ensembles Click here for the audition requirements!


Upcoming Events

Choral Concert**
October 2, 2015, 8:00 PM, Great Hall

Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combos
October 19, 2015, 7:30 PM, Escher Auditorium

Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band
October 21, 2015, 7:30 PM, Escher Auditorium

October 24, 2015, 4:30 PM, Abbey Church

October 25, 2015, 7:30 PM, Escher Auditorium

Lunchtime Concert- Svend Rønning, Guest Violinist from Pacific Lutheran University
October 29, 2015, 11:30 AM, Great Hall

Music as Exploration and Expression of the Divine - Concert and Conversation

Performers:  Amy Grinsteiner (piano), Svend Rønning (violin), Lucia Magney (cello), Bruce Thornton (clarinet)
 Panelists: David Jordan Harris and Mary Dana Hinton

November 1st, 2015
3:30pm - Escher Auditorium, CSB

Music Exploration Day

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Dennis Alexander Piano Festival and Competition
November 21st, 2015


**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.

Contact Us

Dr. Brian Campbell
Department Chair
Music Department
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University