The B.A. in music with a concentration in sacred music prepares students to work as church music directors. This new concentration provides students the experience of working with pastors, choirs and congregations, building their skills and talents as future musicians and directors.
Conducting a choir or a congregation requires verbal and non-verbal communication skills, musical and liturgical knowledge, and a generosity of spirit—things that aid in leading and engaging others in worship. This major, while concentrating in the Roman Catholic tradition, will also prepare students for work in other Christian denominations, mainline Protestant and Orthodox, as they will study these different liturgical traditions, as well as their works of sacred music.
It builds upon the solid curricular foundation already established in the Music program. This new major combines the study of sacred text and song, imagery, melody and rhythm. It is inherently interdisciplinary drawing from both the disciplines of theology and music.
Required for the completion of this major includes the same foundational courses required by our regular music major plus a course in Conducting, Music in Catholic Worship, two Theology courses, Liturgy and Theology of the Sacraments, and an internship in one of the local churches.