Music Department

The SJC Department of Music aims to further the intellectual and aesthetic development of its students through practice and the study of music theory, both secular and religious. The Department of Music offers multiple instrumental and vocal opportunities to both Music and non-Music majors.

The Department of Music offers both a BA and a minor in Music. Music majors can concentrate in Applied Music, Theory and Composition, Music Education, or Church Music.

Clubs and Activities

Resources and Downloads


  • “To Reach Beyond Our Fears,” written and conducted by Associate Professor of Music Paul Geraci, D.A. and performed by the Mississippi State Philharmonia Orchestra

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

On-campus Opportunities

Every semester, Music majors and minors are required to participate in at least one of the following: Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, or Choir. The Department of Music also offers Jazz Band, Pep Band, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. All ensembles perform regularly, and many have the opportunity to tour and perform for a variety of audiences. However, the Department of Music does not limit participation to Music majors and minors. The Department of Music welcomes qualified students, regardless of their major. 6% of the College student population is involved with Band, and 6% of the College student population is involved with Choir. Performance Scholarships of $2,000 are available to Band, Choir, Orchestra, Color Guard, or Dance participants.


In addition to being involved with the Department of Music’s programs, Music majors and minors are encouraged to pursue internships. Common internships in the Department of Music include music business, student teaching, and music stores. SJC also offers private lessons for a variety of instruments and gets its students involved in music liturgy at local churches throughout the Midwest.


“SJC Orchestra to Present Its Second Concert”

“SJC Spring Choral Concert to Feature Vivaldi's ‘Gloria’”

“SJC Jazz Band Prepared to Energize Audience with Dance Tunes”

“Enjoy Christmas Classics at the Saint Joseph's College Band Christmas Concert”

“Saint Joseph's College Orchestra to Premiere Sunday, December 2”

“Saint Joseph's College Choirs to Celebrate Christmas with Service of Lessons and Carols”

Department Majors and Minors


Program Faculty

Explore the Core
  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

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    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.