Department of Music

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


Publications

  • “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.

Internships

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.


News

“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


Events

9/1/13: Choir sings at Saint John Cantius, Chicago 12:30 – Haydn Missa Brevis (Concert Choir)

9/7/13: Home Football vs. Valparaiso University, Alumni Football Field, 12:00 pm (Marching Band)

9/14/13: Home Football vs. Siena Heights University, Alumni Football Field, 12:00 pm (Marching Band)

9/14/13: Kankakee Valley High School Marching Band Invitational, Kankakee Valley High School, 7:00 pm (Marching Band)

9/28/13: Rensselaer High School Marching Band Invitational, Rensselaer Central High School, 6:00 pm (Marching Band)

9/29/13: Choir sings at Saint John Cantius, Chicago 11:00 am – Schubert Mass in G (Concert Choir)

10/2/13: Student Recitals, Halleck Student Center, 2:00 pm

10/5/13: Home Football (Homecoming) vs. Kentucky Wesleyan College, 12:00 pm (Marching Band)

10/6/13: Choir sings at Saint John Cantius, Chicago 12:30 pm – Missa Porta Fidei (Concert Choir)

10/9/13: Student Recitals, Halleck Student Center, 2:00 pm

10/16/13: Student Recitals, Halleck Student Center, 2:00 pm

10/20/13: Chamber Singers perform in Chicago, 12:30 pm (Chamber Singers)

10/23/13: Student Recitals, Halleck Student Center, 2:00 pm

10/26/13: Home Football vs. McKendree University, Alumni Football Field, 12:00 pm (Marching Band)

10/30/13: Student Recitals, Halleck Student Center, 2:00 pm

11/2/13: Home Football (Band Senior Day) vs. Univeristy of Indianapolis, Alumni Football Field, 12:00 pm (Marching Band)

11/3/13: Choir sings at Saint John Cantius, Chicago 12:30 pm – Mozart “Sparrow” Mass (Concert Choir)

11/6/13: Student Recitals, Halleck Student Center, 2:00 pm

11/9/13: Marching Band Review, Richard F. Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse, 2:00 pm (Marching Band)

11/9/13: Orchestra Concert, 4:00 pm (Orchestra)

11/10/13: Jazz Band Concert, Evans Arts and Science Building Theatre, 4:00 pm (Jazz Band)

11/10/13: Choir Concert, Saint Joseph’s College Chapel, 4:00 pm (Concert Choir, Men’s Ensemble, and Chamber Singers)

11/11-19/13: Choir performance tour in Italy (Concert Choir and Chamber Singers)

11/23/13: Home Men’s Basketball Game vs. Walsh University, Richard F. Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse, 3:00 pm (Pep Band)

12/2/13:  Home Women’s Basketball Game vs. Kentucky Wesleyan College, Richard F. Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse, 6:00 pm (Pep Band)

12/4/13: Home Men’s Basketball vs. Purdue University North Central, Richard F. Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse, 7:30 pm (Pep Band)

12/4/13: Piano and Voice Recitals, Music 216, 2:00 pm

12/7/13: Gayle Arend Senior Recital

12/8/13: Choir Service of Lessons and Carols, Saint Joseph’s College Chapel, 4:00 pm

12/11/13: Juries, Band Room in Halleck Student Center, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

1/18/14: Audition Day

1/20/14: Audition Day (Overnight on Jan. 19) 

1/25/14: Audition Day 

1/30/14: Home Men and Women’s Basketball vs. University of Wisconsin PAF, Richard F. Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse, 5:30 pm and 7:30 (Pep Band) 

2/1/14: Home Men and Women’s Basketball vs. Lewis University, Richard F. Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

2/8/14: Audition Day

2/9/14: Verdi Scholarship Competition Prelims, 2:00 pm

2/13/14: Home Men and Women’s Basketball vs. Quincy University, Richard F. Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse, 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm (Pep Band)

2/15/14: Home Men and Women’s Basketball vs. Truman State University, Richard F. Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm (Pep Band)

2/16/14: Verdi Scholarship Finals

2/17/14: Audition Day (Overnight on Feb. 16)

2/20/14: Home Men and Women’s Basketball vs. Bellarmine University, Richard F. Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse, 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm

2/22/14: Home Men and Women’s Basketball vs. University of Indianapolis, Richard F. Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse, 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm

2/27/14: Home Men and Women’s Basketball vs. University of Southern Indiana, Richard F. Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse, 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm

3/26/14: Student Recitals, Halleck Student Center, 2:00 pm

4/2/14: Student Recitals, Halleck Student Center, 2:00 pm

4/6/14: Band Concert, Halleck Student Center Ballroom, 2:00 pm (Symphonic Band)

4/9/14: Student Recitals, Halleck Student Center, 2:00 pm

4/13/14: Jazz Band Concert, Evans Arts and Science Building Theatre, 4:00 pm

4/13/14: Harrison Beeson Senior Recital, Evans Arts and Science Building Theatre, 7:00 pm

4/16/14: Student Recitals, Halleck Student Center, 2:00 pm

4/23/14: Student Recitals, Halleck Student Center, 2:00 pm

4/30/14: Piano and Voice Recitals, Music 216, 2:00 pm

5/3/14: Ryan Dillon Senior Mass, Saint Joseph’s College Chapel, 11:00 am

5/4/14: Orchestra Concert, Evans Arts and Science Building Theatre, 2:00 pm (Orchestra)

5/4/14: Choir Concert, Evans Arts and Science Building Theatre, 4:00 pm (Concert Choir and Chamber Singers)

5/7/14: Juries, Halleck Student Center Band Room, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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