Department of Music | Mount St. Joseph University
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The Department of Music readies you for a music career with broad-based knowledge and performance skills.

A faculty of accomplished performers, composers and teachers guide students. Performance opportunities include vocal and instrumental ensembles and departmental recitals.

Students who successfully complete the music program:

  • Demonstrate performance ability appropriate for the B.A. in music
  • Perform advanced ensemble literature
  • Comprehend various musical genres and stylistic periods
  • Understand theoretical/compositional music concepts and
  • Critically review personal musical/intellectual performance.

Join our Ensembles!

The Mount St. Joseph University Department of Music promotes musical engagement within the University, and throughout the Community.  In addition to music specific major and minor programs, musical experience opportunities are available for all students audition as performers in University Band, University Singers, and Orchestra!

Students involved in these groups can apply to qualify for an Ensemble award of up to $1,000 a year off tuition. Contact Mark McCafferty at mark.mccafferty@msj.edu for details. 

University Band performs four concerts per year, in the University Theater. Performances can also occur at athletic events and graduation ceremonies. There can be other ensemble opportunities including:

  • drumline
  • pep band
  • steel drum band
  • jazz band
  • chamber ensembles

Contact Mark McCafferty at mark.mccafferty@msj.edu for details.


University Singers perform four concerts per year, in the Mater Dei Chapel.  Additional performance opportunities can occur during celebration of mass and baccalaureate services. There are opportunities for small group singing including as well.

Contact Joseph Rivers at joseph.rivers@msj.edu for details.


Orchestra: String players attending MSJ are eligible to perform with the Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra, an offsite (Seton High School Theater) community orchestra that typically draws between 600 and 1,000 person audiences.  Course credit is available. 

Contact Mark McCafferty at mark.mccafferty@msj.edu for details.


Music Majors and Minors: Music Majors must audition for acceptance into our program. The audition also puts a prospective major into competition for up to $3,000 a year in merit awards!

Contact Mark McCafferty at mark.mccafferty@msj.edu for details.

 

2018-19 Mount St. Joseph University Performance Dates:

August 2018

7th, 7:30 p.m. Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra Concert, Theatre

30th Welcome Mass, Mater Dei, 12:15 p.m., Choir

September 2018

1st Home FB Game, Band

15th Home FB Game, Band

18th Faculty Recital, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

October 2018

4th University Singers Concert 7:30 p.m., Mater Dei Chapel

6th BAND DAY and Home FB Game

11th University Band Concert 7 p.m., Theatre

13th Home Football Game, Band

18th Jim Feist Tabla Guest Performer, 6:30 p.m., Recital Hall

November 2018

1st All Saints Mass, University Singers

3rd Home FB Game, Band

17th Lauren Hill Game, Band, 5 p.m. at Cintas

29th Student Recital

December 2018

1st Delhi Library, Band, 10:30 a.m.

1st AUDITION DAY for Majors, Recital Hall, 1 p.m. 

1st University Singers, Saengerfest at First Lutheran Church, 9 p.m.

4th University Singers Concert, 7:30 p.m., Mater Dei Chapel

6th University Band Concert, 7 p.m., Theatre

February 2019

5th Faculty Recital 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

18th AUDITION DAY for Majors, Recital Hall, 1 p.m. on

March 2019

5th University Band Mardi Gras Concert, 7 p.m., Theatre

6th Ash Wednesday Mass, University Singers

7th University Singers Concert, 7:30 p.m., Mater Dei Chapel

April 2019

25th Student Recital 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

30th University Singers Concert 7:30 p.m., Mater Dei Chapel

May 2019

2nd University Band Concert 7 p.m., Theatre

 

Programs

Leadership

Photo of Mark McCafferty Mark McCafferty

Band Director, Chairperson