Organ Performance

Academic Courses (24 credit hours)

I. History, Theory & Analysis (12 credit hours minimum)
     A. Music History - choose a minimum of 3                                           
            Passions, Cantatas & Requiems
            Medieval Music & Drama
            Renaissance Polyphony
            Manuscript Study
            Sacred Music & Popular Song in the USA
            Sacred works of the twentieth century (800 level)
            Sacred Music in the late 18th & 19th Centuries
            Electives in Music
     B. Composition and Theory - choose 1                              
            Theory and Analysis 
            Composition and/or Arranging 
 
II. Liturgy & Ritual Studies (12 credit hours minimum)                  
     A. Liturgy - choose a minimum of 3  
            Roman Liturgy (800 level)
            Gregorian Chant
            Liturgical Prayer 
            Music and the Sacraments of the Christian Faith (new course)
            Sacred Music and the Liturgical Year/Liturgical Year 
            Hymnology
            Eucharist
            Music in the Documents of the Christian Tradition (800 level) 
            Electives in Theology 
     B. Ethnomusicology and Ritual Studies/Field Work - choose 1              
            Music and World Culture 
            Music and Ritual Studies 

Practiced Music & Performance (24 credits)

  • Primary Lessons: Organ (12 credits)
  • Organ Literature I & II (6 credits)
  • Minimum of 6 credit hours from below:
    Secondary Lessons
    SMND Ensembles (only repertory & recital)
    Children's Choirs: Methods & Repertory *req for MSM/DMA on Lilly Stipends 2 cr
    Conducting II (2 credits)  
    Vocal Methods I or II (2 credits)
  • Two recitals

Applied Music Practice and Colloquia with Distinguished Guests

Workshops and master classes are offered regularly on a non-credit basis.

The following list will serve as examples of types of workshops that enhance the background of the Liturgical Musician:

  • Vocal Techniques
  • Service Playing
  • Improvisation
  • Liturgical Performance Practice and Literature for Piano
  • Historical Performance Practices
  • Entrepreneurship and Interdiscipline
  • Developing Music Programs for Children and Youth
  • Handbells

Internship (Transcripted Only)

  • All students are assigned an internships, which serve as on-the-job professional training and function as part-time employment for the students. (i.e. basilica, parish, children's choir, etc.)