Music (Music and Worship) at Messiah College
Future worship leaders excel in Messiah’s music and worship program.
If you are interested in music and passionate about worship arts, the music and worship major may be the right fit for you. The Bachelor of Arts in music (music and worship) synthesizes skills in music, theology and the arts to prepare you to become an effective and dynamic worship leader. The degree’s substantial emphasis on biblical and theological study makes it unique among similar programs and will allow you to enhance the worship experiences of your church and community.
Music and worship students benefit from Messiah’s rich liberal arts background, while developing the practical skills that are needed to become successful church leaders. The purposeful balance of theology and music prepares you to lead in both music and ministry within the church.
Music and worship major distinctives
As a music and worship major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Work in a local church as a student for your practicum requirement.
- Study in a nationally accredited program.
- Gain performance experience participating in one of the College’s vocal or instrumental ensembles.
- Learn from faculty members who are accomplished artists and clinicians.
- Study abroad or spend a semester in Nashville at the Contemporary Music Center.
- Participate in the Messiah College Worship Community for regular chapel performances.
- Have access to the latest recording and sound technology in the College’s newest building, the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts.
Career options for music and worship majors
As a graduate of the music and worship program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Worship pastor
- Worship musician
- Teacher at a Christian school
- Studio musician
- Positions in the music industry
- Private music teacher
For more information on career planning for the music and worship program, visit the Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center.
Internship opportunities for music and worship majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of music and worship internships. A few examples include:
- Leading worship at a local church
- Working with the on-campus worship community
Learn more about the Department of Music
- The Department of Music has four overarching goals: Develop students into outstanding musicians; equip music graduates to enter successfully into a specialized careers in music; contribute to the aesthetic life of the community and the worship experience of the church; set graduates on a life course which continues to integrate Christian faith with the practice and teaching of music.
- Outstanding instrumental and choral rehearsal halls and practice facilities
- 790-seat Parmer Hall (primary performance space)
- 400-seat Miller Auditorium
- Recording studio
- Laboratory for computer-assisted instruction
- MIDI synthesizer lab and an electric piano lab
- Instruments available for students' use include a large pipe organ located in the Hostetter Chapel, several grand pianos (including the nine-foot Steinway D), a French double harpsichord and approximately 150 band and orchestra instruments.