Music (B.A.)

Music Major

School of the Arts

Department of Music


Messiah’s renowned music program prepares you to make meaningful contributions to the artistic and worship life of your community and church through a specialized career in music.

Do you dream of performing or composing music? Of using your musical talents as a soloist or with an ensemble? Of helping others appreciate music and incorporating it into worship experiences? Then consider all the available opportunities as you pursue a music degree from Messiah’s renowned music program. You will have lots of opportunities to perform on and off campus with a wide variety of choral groups from opera to jazz to gospel; and with instrumental ensembles from brass to pit orchestra to recorder.

You’ll research composers and musical works, learning to compose music in a variety of styles and forms from commercial to classical. You’ll develop skills in conducting and rehearsal direction and will be well-prepared if you choose to pursue a graduate degree in Messiah’s Master of Music in Conducting program.

As you study and perform with your chosen musical instrument or in your favorite vocal genre, you will be developing into an accomplished musician, prepared not only to enter a successful career in music, but also to contribute meaningfully to the worship life of the church and at other venues in your community. 

As a music major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:

  • Choose a concentration to meet your career goals, selecting from performance, church music, commercial music, or composition.
  • Demonstrate the technical and expressive skill needed to perform at an advanced level with your chosen musical instrument.
  • Prepare for and perform in a capstone senior recital.
  • Develop intermediate level skills in conducting and rehearsal direction.
  • Analyze music both visually and aurally and compose musical examples which illustrate a variety of styles and forms of music.
  • Research and explain the historical and cultural setting of individual composers and specific musical works.

Major requirements:

As a music student, you can follow the general music curriculum, or you can choose from the following concentrations:


Minor requirements:


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Because of the exponential enrollment growth experienced by our School of the Arts, the Climenhaga Fine Arts building is slated to be significantly expanded through the addition of a new Worship and Performing Arts Center.

Department of Music
Learn more about this department
The newly constructed Calvin and Janet High Center of Worship and the Performing Arts (opened in January 2013) houses performance spaces, instrumental and choral rehearsal halls and outstanding practice facilities. Watch the video tour.
790-seat Parmer Hall (primary performance space)
150-seat Foundation Recital Hall
400-seat Miller Theatre for performances
Recording studio
Laboratory for computer assisted instruction
MIDI synthesizer, and an electric piano lab
Instruments available for students' use include a large pipe organ located in Hostetter Chapel, several grand pianos (including the nine-foot Steinway D), a French double harpsichord and approximately 150 band and orchestra instruments.
Students are encouraged to investigate the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, Tenn. Credits taken during the one semester program at the Contemporary Music Center can be transferred for credit into the Messiah College program.