About The Program
Walking through the Bertha Brossman Blair Music Center, you will notice the constant buzz of rehearsals, performances, recording, and classes. All of the College’s music degrees emphasize immersive experiences as well as sensitive and critical listening skills, composing, performance, and the role of music throughout history and in contemporary society.
Our Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is multifaceted, providing options for students who want to be music majors and prefer to study in areas not covered by the College’s other three music programs. Many students choose to double major choosing one of our eight concentrations along with another degree.
Concentrations currently offered are: Composition, Theory, Sacred Music, Organ, Instrumental, Voice, Piano, and Jazz. These concentrations typically end with a capstone experience, mostly in the form of a recital. If a concentration doesn’t already exist, students can apply for a concentration that more closely covers their interests as an individualized degree.
Students who plan to attain post-graduate degrees after graduating from LVC find these concentrations to be a strong foundation for their chosen fields of studies. This is especially true for those who want to eventually teach in higher education or become better performers.
Our new Musical Theatre Minor, beginning in Fall 2018, creates an opportunity for students of any major to study acting, acting through song, general theatre, musical theatre history, and singing technique.
- Our Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is unique in that it offers a flexibility to concentrate in specific areas of interest and opportunities normally not offered elsewhere. Recently, students majoring in Organ and Sacred Music concentrations traveled to Brazil to play and learn about the organs in multiple churches, as well as appreciate sacred music in another country.
- The Music Department offers a supportive student-centered experience distinguished by a high degree of individual attention. Our faculty includes innovative performers and graduates of some of the finest music schools and conservatories in the country.
- Music majors, as well as students from almost every major, participate in the Pride of The Valley Marching Band, the largest marching band in the Middle Atlantic Conference.
- Our music students learn and perform in the Bertha Brossman Blair Music Center, one of the largest and best-equipped music facilities in the area. Blair includes a 500-seat concert hall (Lutz Recital Hall), 32 teaching studios, 36 individual practice rooms, and four recording studios. Music majors also perform in the 175-seat Zimmerman Recital Hall, a premier space for chamber performances, providing an intimate, acoustically pleasing environment for many student, faculty, and guest performances.
- Music majors have opportunities to participate in numerous music groups, including Chamber Choir, Clarinet Choir, College Choir, Concert Choir, Flute Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Handbell Choir, Low Brass Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, LVC Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Pride of The Valley Marching Band, Small Jazz Ensemble, String Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, or Trumpet Ensemble.
- Getting involved is easy with several music organizations on campus, such as the LVC American Guild of Organists, Music Industry Student Association, National Association for Music Education, VALE Music Group, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (music fraternity for men), and Sigma Alpha Iota (international music fraternity for women).
Through the financial support of an Arnold Grant from LVC, I was able to participate in Opera Viva! I spent three weeks in Italy studying Italian opera and language, as well as learning how to prepare concert repertoire in a master class, with some of the world’s leading opera professionals.