Mark Thomas prepares back stage before performing at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, MN.

Great Faculty.  Great Pedagogy.  Great Community.

The pursuit of a life in music can take many paths – performer, educator, composer, administrator, entrepreneur.  Regardless of the career you seek, the Department of Music at the University of St. Thomas is dedicated to providing outstanding music instruction through our progressive curriculum, enabling students to realize their full potentials in the development of their musical, artistic and career goals. 

Gain a Competitive Advantage

Choosing to major in music at UST provides students with a distinct competitive advantage.  Not only will you develop into an accomplished artist through the mentorship of master teachers, you will also acquire an exclusive skill set in creative thinking, unique brand identity, adaptability, problem solving, collaboration, and communication through UST’s creative environment and innovative curriculum.  These skills can be applied in any range of careers, within or outside of music. The Wall Street Journal recently listed these traits as “must-have” job skills.  

Be Part of Our Community AND Our Network

Located in Minnesota's vibrant Twin Cities, St. Thomas offers students a wide range of employment opportunities, cultural events, and volunteer opportunities.  We are a campus connected to community to meet the thriving challenges of today.  Serving more than 10,500 undergraduate and graduate students, St. Thomas is a thriving community that offers a personalized approach to your education.  

Prepare for a Career You Love

UST Music Alums: What Are They Doing?

Music Education, Vocal or Instrumental

  • Work in Minnesota and across the United States as elementary, secondary, and college music educators (nearly 100% of music education students are employed within one year of graduation)

Music Performance

  • Perform with the Metropolitan Opera, the Minnesota Opera, and major orchestras across the United States
  • Perform in professional jazz and rock bands
  • Pursue graduate studies at some of the top graduate schools in the country

Music Business

  • Founder of West Hennepin Recording Company (Robert Rasmussen, '13)
  • Music Journalist at A.V. Club (Mark Steward, '13)
  • Accounting/Artist Relations Assistant at First Avenue (Taylor Bakken, '12)
  • Chorus Manager for the Boston Symphony (Erik Johnson, '07)

Liturgical Music

  • Serve as music ministers through the United States
  • Pursue upper-level degrees and teach at colleges and universities such as Gonzaga and Marquette
  • Coordinator of Liturgical Celebrations at UST (Kellen O'Grady, '10)
  • Director of Liturgy and Chapel Music at UST (Aaron Brown, '05)

Bachelor of Arts in Music

  • Composer, founder of New Hope Music, conductor and doctoral student (Josh Bauder, '10)
  • Freelance musician, Music Director at SoulLections, and studio teacher (David Feily, '11)
  • The ideal degree for students who are considering a double major.  Seven elective credits allow for flexibility and customization

UST Music rewards your talents and achievements.  Each year we award over $150,000 in scholarships to new and returning music majors.  Ensemble scholarships are available to all students regardless of major.  Visit our Ensembles page to learn how you can earn free elective credit, free fine arts credit ($4,400 savings), and free music lessons ($1,400 savings) by participating in our award-winning ensembles.