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‌Why Study Music at St. Thomas?

The pursuit of a life in music can take many paths – performer, educator, composer, administrator, entrepreneur and more. Regardless of the career you seek, the Department of Music at the University of St. Thomas is dedicated to providing outstanding music instruction through our progressive curriculum, enabling students to realize their full potentials in the development of their musical, artistic and career goals.

St. Thomas Music rewards your talents and achievements. Each year we award over $1,500-$10,000 in scholarships to new and returning music majors. Ensembles are available to all students regardless of major. Visit our Studios & Ensembles page to learn how you can participate in an ensemble and fullfill your Fine Arts Requirement while doing so.

Choosing to major in music at St. Thomas provides students with a distinct competitive advantage. Not only will you develop into an accomplished artist through the mentorship of master teachers, you will also acquire an exclusive skill set in creative thinking, unique brand identity, adaptability, problem solving, collaboration and communication through our creative environment and innovative curriculum. These skills can be applied in any range of careers, within or outside of music. The Wall Street Journal recently listed these traits as “must-have” job skills.  

Located in Minnesota's vibrant Twin Cities, St. Thomas offers students a wide range of employment opportunities, cultural events, and volunteer opportunities. We are a campus connected to community to meet the thriving challenges of today. Serving more than 10,500 undergraduate and graduate students, St. Thomas is a thriving community that offers a personalized approach to your education.  

St. Thomas Music Alums: What Are They Doing?

Music Education, Vocal or Instrumental

  • Work in Minnesota and across the United States as elementary, secondary and college music educators (nearly 100% of music education students are employed within one year of graduation)

Music Performance

  • Perform with the Metropolitan Opera, the Minnesota Opera and major orchestras across the United States
  • Perform in professional jazz and rock bands
  • Pursue graduate studies at some of the top graduate schools in the country

Music Business

Liturgical Music

  • Serve as music ministers through the United States
  • Pursue upper-level degrees and teach at colleges and universities such as Gonzaga and Marquette

Bachelor of Arts in Music

  • Classroom teacher, conductor and award winning composer (Dr. Josh Bauder, '10)
  • Freelance musician, Music Director at SoulLections, and studio teacher (David Feily, '11)
  • The ideal degree for students who are considering a double major. Seven elective credits allow for flexibility and customization