Department Overview

The Music Department is committed to training a versatile, competitive, and marketable student via a renowned faculty and advanced curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to observe and participate in all facets of the music industry; from studio recording to performing in Broadway musicals; from private lesson teaching to professional orchestra rehearsals. Our mission is to foster comprehensive musicianship that teaches students to hear, comprehend, write, and perform various musical styles. Students are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue professional careers and graduate study. Music Majors and Minors must audition for acceptance into our program.



Department Highlights

100% 2-Year Career Outcomes Rate - School of Arts and Humanities
$3,000 In Music Scholarships and Grants
$1,000 Performing Arts Awards

Our Programs


The Bachelor of Arts in Music teaches performance skills and provides knowledge for careers requiring general musicianship.

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  Music Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Music and Pursuing a Teaching Licensure teaches performance skills and provides knowledge for teaching a new generation of musicians.

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  Music Minor

A minor in Music provides students with a broad base of knowledge and performance skills.

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The Mount St. Joseph University Department of Music promotes musical engagement and theatre within the University, and throughout the Community. Opportunities in the performing arts are available for all students! Audition as performers in University Band, University Singers, Orchestra, and Theatre Arts! Students involved in these groups can apply to qualify for a Performing Arts Award of up to $1,000 off tuition each year. 

MSJ Performing Arts

  University Band

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

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

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  University Singers

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

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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. 

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  Theatre Arts

The best part of MSJ Theatre Arts is that anyone can be involved. At the Mount, everyone is welcome to participate regardless of your major. If you have a real passion for theatre but don't plan to do it as your day job, the Mount is a great place to give you the tools to continue to be involved in Theatre Arts.

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We are MSJ: Band Student Panel

We are MSJ: Choir Student Panel

We are MSJ: Theatre Student Panel


Our facilities offer students an intimate Recital Hall (90 seats) and University Theatre (1100 seats) as well as access to contemporary and traditional performance venues. Our food court is equipped with the latest sound equipment—used for Open Mic Nights and other social/entertainment events. Students are able to participate in the choir for worship, including Baccalaureate Mass and weekly Sunday Mass in Mater Dei Chapel. These spaces as well as rehearsal rooms are available for student-artists to practice their craft. Click below to view these, and other facilities at the Mount.

Launch University Theatre


Yuking Chou Brandenburgh

DMA Adjunct Faculty, Piano

Ulli Brinksmeier

MM Associate Professor

Tim Kennedy

MM Adjunct Faculty, Trumpet, Jazz

Minhwa Kim

DMA Adjunct Faculty, Violin and Viola

Aleksander Liszka

DMA Adjunct Faculty, Violin and Viola

Lauren McAllister

Adjunct Faculty

Mark McCafferty

MM Chairperson and Director of Bands

Debra McDonough

MMEd Adjunct Faculty, Music Education

Eugene Marquis

MM Adjunct Faculty, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Woodwinds

Josh Omaits

BM Adjunct Faculty

Betty Richardson

Adjunct Faculty

Richard Ross

Adjunct Faculty

Daniel Stenger

Adjunct Faculty

Chris Wilke

BA Adjunct Faculty, Guitar


Richard Buchanan

MFA Director of Theatre Arts

Josclynn Garrison

MM Director of Bands

Danielle Cozart Steele

MM Director of Choral Activities