Brandon Delbow, student, conducts the UST Brass Choir at Orchestra Hall.

Is Music the Key to Success?

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the fact that you are likely to find musicians at the top of almost any industry, citing filmmaker Woody Allen, broadcaster Paula Zahn, NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, Condoleezza Rice, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan, and co-founder of Microsoft Paul Alan as successful individuals who share a rigorous engagement in the study of music.  Whether you pursue a career within the music industry, or transfer your skills to a non-music profession, UST Music can help you reach your goals.

Careers in Music

If you're considering a music major, you may have already identified your dream music career.  Performer? Educator?  Entrepreneur?  Or maybe you're not sure what you can do with a music degree. The Future of Music Coalition, an education, research and advocacy organization for musicians, identified forty two common and lesser known revenue streams for musicans.  The Career Development Center at Berklee College of Music offers insight into positions in the performance, writing, business, audio technology, education, music therapy, and emerging career sectors in its Music Careers In Dollars and Cents, 2012 edition.  

What Can I Expect to Earn?

Have you ever wondered how much money you'll make in a music career? The Music Careers In Dollars and Cents provides a comprehensive guide of salary ranges for the full spectrum of music careers.

The Future of Music Coalition published financial case studies profiling the artist revenues of jazz bandleader-composer, indie rock composer-performer, jazz sideman-bandleader, professional orchestra player, and contemporary chamber ensemble.

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 (Eric 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, 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