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Music in Faith

Prepare for a faith-filled career. The music in faith minor at the University of St. Thomas equips you with the skills you need for musical leadership in communities of faith.

Why Study Music in Faith at St. Thomas?

Music in faith combines the love of music and spiritual convictions in a practical way. You will complete a diverse array of courses focusing on music and theology, participate in the St. Thomas Liturgical Choir and apply what you have learned through an internship. You graduate prepared to lead a faith-filled career in music ministry.

Create. Collaborate. Innovate.

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Community Engagementa
  • Course Requirements

    You will complete courses in piano and aural skills, music theory, conducting, music and theology history, performance studies, and internships. You can choose your electives based on your particular area of interest.

    Four-Year Plan

    You can pair this minor with a number of other programs, so we recommend connecting with a member of our faculty to plan your degree early on in your college career at the University of St. Thomas.

    Degrees Awarded

    Minor in Music in Faith

    Four-Year Plan

    Music students are engaged in the community through a wide variety of internships, ensembles, international travel and the department’s Harmony Crew program. Harmony Crew performs at facilities serving traditionally marginalized communities.

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    You will complete courses in piano and aural skills, music theory, conducting, music and theology history, performance studies, and internships. You can choose your electives based on your particular area of interest.

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    You can pair this minor with a number of other programs, so we recommend connecting with a member of our faculty to plan your degree early on in your college career at the University of St. Thomas.

    Degrees Awarded

    Degrees Awarded

    Minor in Music in Faith

    Community Engagementa

    Four-Year Plan

    Music students are engaged in the community through a wide variety of internships, ensembles, international travel and the department’s Harmony Crew program. Harmony Crew performs at facilities serving traditionally marginalized communities.

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    Career Paths

    We will provide you with the academic knowledge and practical skills you need to be successful in a variety of careers after graduation.

    • Music ministry
    • Teacher
    • Liturgical music director

    Scholarships

    We offer renewable competitive and performance-based scholarships for four years of study at St. Thomas. More information is on our department website.

    Music Major Scholarship

    The Music Major Scholarships range from $1,500 to $10,000 per year. Accepted students to the University of St. Thomas planning to major in music, music performance, music business or music education are encouraged to apply. Supporting materials are due by February 1, and selected applicants receive an audition invitation for the scholarship invitational in the spring.

    Loftus Family Alternative Music Creativity Award

    This award is available to any current St. Thomas student demonstrating great potential in their ability to instigate and sustain artistic creativity through music performance, composition or production. Music faculty can nominate any candidate.

    Mary O. Petra Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Music

    This scholarship is available to any current St. Thomas student pursuing a major or minor in music. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Music faculty can nominate candidates, and students participating in ensembles receive preference.

    Practical Skills and Knowledge for the Real World

    Serve

    Develop musical skills for serving communities of faith professionally and personally.

    Understand

    Understand music's role in faith, ritual and spirituality in cultural context and practice.

    Practical

    Apply your knowledge and skills in an internship setting.

    The Future is Bright

    Our students have unique opportunities to develop needed skills and knowledge for the next chapter of their lives.