Academic Programs of Study

Music Performance

Bachelor of Music - BM

  • Solo recitals 
  • Multiple ensembles  
  • Solo/ensemble performance, studio teaching, graduate study

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Music Performance at Marywood

Graduates of this program are prepared for solo/ensemble performance, studio teaching and further graduate study. In addition to a solo recital in the senior year, the performance major must also present a solo recital in the junior year.


Marywood University offers many ensembles for its students to participate in.

Wind Ensemble: The Marywood Wind Ensemble is a 60 piece University/Community band which is open to all Marywood students with prior instrumental experience.

Campus Choir: A concert choir of approximately 80 students, community members, faculty, and staff Campus Choir performs in the annual Christmas and Benefit Concerts, and frequently at St. Stephen's Church in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Interested singers should sign up for a short hearing at the beginning of the semester to determine vocal placement.

Chamber Singers: A select vocal ensemble comprised of about 16 men and women, The Marywood Chamber Singers have performed recently at St. Francis Cathedral in Metuchen, NJ; St. Michael's Church in New York City; and First Church in Boston, where the group was broadcast on radio and online. The Chamber Singers present two major concerts each year in the Marywood Marian Chapel, in addition to frequent off-campus performances, and domestic and international tours.

More About This Degree

Evan Harger, A.B.D.
Assistant Professor & Director of Orchestral Activities

Joan McCusker, IHM, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Music Education

F. David Romines, D.M.A.
MTD Department Co-Chair, Associate Professor of Music Education, Director of Band Activities
This is just a sample of our Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty - see them all!

University facilities that support the music programs include holdings in books, scores, LP recordings, CDs, and video recordings in the University library, as well as the following facilities in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts:

  • 1,100 seat theatre
  • Performing arts facility seating 125
  • Digital piano lab
  • 2 harpsichords, 2 harps
  • Practice facilities - including a complement of band and orchestra instruments
  • Multiple copies of orchestral scores
  • Choral library; vocal solo library
  • Small library of reference books
  • Curriculum lab and learning center
  • 2 computer labs
  • Biofeedback lab
  • MIDI Creator equipment and Casio keyboard (Music Therapy Lab)
  • Multiple organs

Students are prepared to enter careers in the following areas: Professional singer/instrumentalist, Studio Musician, Private Studio Teacher, freelance performing, freelance clinician/teacher for school programs (non-certified)


Marywood’s music education program was very comprehensive and the curriculum required me to learn so much beyond voice performance.

As far back as I can remember, I have been surrounded by music.  I always wanted to perform and thought I would pursue a career on stage.  Teaching was a back-up plan, but after spending time in the classroom freshman year, I soon learned that I loved it.  Marywood’s music education program was very comprehensive and the curriculum required me to learn so much beyond voice performance, including history, theory, and different instruments. 

I currently serve as a music educator in the North Pocono School District.  My favorite part of the job is passing on my love of music to the students.  I enjoy watching their love of the art grow over time.  It’s something I’m so passionate about, and it’s the most amazing feeling to see them feel that way, too.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.M. in Music Performance

Graduates are prepared for solo/ensemble performance, studio teaching and graduate study. Music performance majors must present 60-minute solo recitals in their junior and senior years.

I. Major Area - 36-42 credits

MUSC varies Applied Major
MUSC varies Pedagogy/Literature (required for instrumental performance majors only)
MUSC varies Ensemble
MUSC 382 Junior Recital 0
MUSC 482 Senior Recital 0

II. Supportive Music Courses – 40-47 credits

MUSC 111A, B Written Theory I
MUSC 112A, B Aural Skills I
MUSC 115A, B Conducting I
MUSC 120A, B Vocal Methods (required for instrumental performance majors only)
MUSC 127A, B Class Piano where applicable
MUSC 211A, B Written Theory II
MUSC 212A, B Aural Skills II 2
MUSC 213A, B Keyboard Harmony
MUSC 309 Form and Analysis  3
MUSC 322 History of Music I
MUSC 323 History of Music II
MUSC 411 Counterpoint
MUSC 412 Orchestration (required for instrumental performance majors only) 
MUSC 415 Composition
MUSC 419 Conducting II
MUSC 421 Introduction to World Music
MUSC varies Electives
(required for instrumental performance majors only)