2023-2024 University Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog

Music - Sacred Music, B.M.

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  • Mark A. Boyle, D.M.A.
  • Kathleen M. Campbell, M.M.
  • Ted A. DiSanti, D.A.
  • Laurie Fox, M.M.T., M.T-B.C., L.P.C.
  • Edward Kuhn, M.F.A
  • Frances M. Leap, Ph.D.
  • Christopher M. Marra, Ph.D.
  • Daniel J. Martino, Ph.D.
  • Sarah McMeekin, M.A., M.T.-B.C.
  • Jessica Vaughan-Marra, Ph.D.

Learning Objectives: Sacred Music

  1. Identify and work conceptually with the elements of music through analysis (e.g., aurally, orally, and visually), performance, and composition.
  2. Identify a wide selection of musical literature within principal eras and genres including Western and global cultures through listening, scholarly discourse, and written reflection.
  3. Develop and defend musical judgments through written reflection and scholarly discourse.
  4. Demonstrate growth in artistry, technical skills, collaborative competence, and knowledge of repertory through regular solo and ensemble performance, as well as attendance at concerts and recitals.
  5. Integrate emerging technologies in music through performing, composing, and arranging.
  6. Perform and/or compose attending to the compositional process, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these are shaped by artistic and cultural forces.
  7. Sightread music at the degree required proficiency level.
  8. Perform at the degree required level on secondary instrument(s) through performance proficiency assessments.
  9. Perform at the degree required level on the major instrument from a cross-section of the appropriate repertoire.
  10. Synthesize a broad range of musical knowledge and skills while integrating the Foundational Musicianship and University Learning Objectives through self-directed study and the capstone assessment.
  11. Demonstrate the skills necessary to work as a leader and in collaboration on matters of musical interpretation through conducting and performance.
  12. Perform at the degree required proficiency on voice and piano/organ, including service music.
  13. Create derivative or original music both extemporaneously and in written form in a variety of genres and styles including but not limited to Western, global, and vernacular music styles (i.e., traditional sacred and contemporary worship).
  14. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and techniques in the development and delivery of private instruction through experiential projects.
  15. Apply knowledge of musical religious practice including orders of worship, hymnology, administrative structures and procedures, and the relationships between sacred music and the music of general culture through professional practicum experiences.


Admission to the program in music is based on the successful completion of an audition for the music faculty, as well as admission to the University. Auditions are scheduled by appointment throughout the academic year. Consideration for music scholarships is determined by the quality of the entrance audition.

All candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree in music-sacred music must complete the Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements, the capstone assessment requirement, and the required courses for the major.

All music students are evaluated in the sophomore year for a formative review. Students complete and present the Year Two Self-Assessment on the Attainment of the Integration of Music/University Learning Objectives, and academic and music performance benchmarks are reviewed by the music faculty during the spring semester of the sophomore year. Upon successful completion of this evaluation, students continue through their upper-divisional major coursework.

The capstone assessment includes successful completion of coursework and assignments; successful completion of juries in the applied major; completion of all designated proficiencies in piano and voice. Students must also successfully complete the Service Playing Exam (organ track) and the Senior Performance Test and Recital with accompanying program notes and musician’s statement on how the attainment of the integration of major and University learning objectives informed the performance.

A minimum of 120 credits is required.

In addition, all music majors will have a performance examination (jury) on their major instrument each semester and perform in at least one student recital every semester. They must also participate in one music department major ensemble each semester and otherwise complete all requirements as identified in the ensemble documents.

Music - Sacred Music Curriculum


Plus one of the following options

Organ or voice

Option 1: Organ

16 credits from:

Organ Performance (includes instruction in Service Playing)

2 credits in Secondary Piano

Other Requirements

  • Service Proficiency Exam
Total credits: 85

Option 2: Voice

16 credits from:

Voice Performance

Other Requirements

  • Service Proficiency Exam
Total credits: 87

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