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
- SJC Academic Catalog
- Department of Music Audition and Scholarship Information
- “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
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.
Department Majors and Minors
- Gayle Arend '14
- Kelso Daning '13
- Ethan Avina ’12
- Thomas P. Lohmuller '11
- Shanna Tobar ’09
- Mark Doss ’80