Loyola University Chicago

Music

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

FAQ

Yes, there are music scholarships for new and reentering students. Click here

Yes, university students can take private lessons in instrumental and vocal instruction; however, there is an application process in order to be enrolled for private lessons.

Yes, you can. Simply sign up for the music ensemble of choice when you register for classes.

First, register online for the ensemble of your choice. Placement auditions for music ensembles are held during the first week of each semester.

Many of our courses count for the university core. For a complete list of Music courses that count toward your University Core Curriculum go to the core curriculum page and look under Knowledge Areas, Artistic Knowledge and Experience.

Some Music courses are in the category of "general education" classes, which are open to all students. You can also take random music courses as a non-music major or minor, but you must be cleared to register by the Director of Music, Charles Jurgensmeier, S.J., and may have to take theory and keyboard placement exams. All course prerequisites apply.

University Chorale, Women's Chorus, Chamber Choir, Schola Contorum, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble count for one credit each semester toward the Artistic Knowledge and Experience requirement of the Core Curriculum. Ensembles can be repeated to fulfill the three-credit requirement.

Each ensemble performs two concerts per semester. Currently, Jazz and Wind Ensembles share concerts. Chamber Choir, Women's Chorus, University Chorale, and Orchestra share concerts. Schola Cantorum (Liturgical Choir) sings primarily for masses in Madonna della Strada Chapel.

In general, ensembles are graded principally on participation, which includes attendance and music preparedness. In addition, most courses include a small writing requirement. Contact your respective ensemble director for more details.

FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

In your first semester, you are limited to 18 credits, so if you have already registered for up to 17, you can still register for an ensemble. Your admissions advisor might balk if you register for 17, let alone 18 credits, so please contact your respective ensemble director and we can help facilitate this addition.

In your second semester, as long as you maintained good grades during your first semester (usually a minimum 3.0 GPA), you can register for up to 18 or sometimes even 19 credits. You will need an override to surpass 18 credits, so contact your respective ensemble director before the semester begins to get the paperwork filled out and submitted.

FOR SOPHOMORES & UPPERCLASSMEN

Students in good standing (usually 3.0 GPA) can register for up to 21 credits per semester with no additional tuition fees. You will need an override to surpass 18 credits, so contact your respective ensemble director before the semester begins to get the paperwork filled out and submitted.

If you cannot enroll during the fall semester, consider joining in the spring semester—we welcome mid-year enrollees!

Most ensembles rehearse in Mundelein Center, either in the Auditorium or in the Skowronski Music Hall on the 2nd floor. Concerts take place in Mundelein Center Auditorium and Madonna della Strada Chapel

For more information on Music Program concerts and ticket pricing, visit our Arts Alive blog.

Auditions occur during the first week of each semester. Generally, members of fall ensembles do not need to re-audition in the spring. For most ensembles, auditions are for chair or section placement only and do not affect enrollment. The exception is Jazz Ensemble, due to the nature of the band’s instrumentation.

Usually, auditions involve playing or singing a brief prepared excerpt as well as a scale. In some cases, excerpts will be sent to you prior to auditions. For more details about how to audition, click here

There is limited locked storage space in the backstage area of Mundelein Center Auditorium. Currently, there are more instrument lockers and storage spaces available in the renovated 1st floor music wing of Mundelein Center. For more information, click here. 

The Music Program has limited instrument supplies available for student use. All percussion instruments, as well as keyboard mallets, are available. Most brass mutes, for trumpet, horn, and trombone, are available. For a complete list of instruments available, see below:

one piccolo, one alto flute, one English horn, two bassoons, one E-flat clarinet, two A clarinets, two bass clarinets, one E-flat contra-alto clarinet, one soprano sax, two tenor saxes, one bari sax, five flugelhorns, one horn (with B-flat trigger), one tenor trombone (with F trigger), one bass trombone (with F trigger), three euphoniums, three tubas, two cellos, one string bass (with electric pickup), nine acoustic guitars, three guitar amps, one bass amp

Students who use school-owned instruments, including all percussionists, must pay a $30 per semester fee to cover repairs and upkeep.

Applied lessons are available for most wind, brass, and string instruments, as well as piano, voice, percussion, and guitar. Lessons are a one-credit course taught by a Music Program faculty member which involves a thirty-minute lesson each week, culminating in a juried performance at the end of the semester. Auditions for lessons occur at appointed times late in the fall and spring semesters for returning students, and during the summer or on the first day of the fall semester for incoming or transfer students. 

Chamber music is a one-credit course available for small (usually 3-8 member) ensembles of string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments; jazz combos can also apply. All chamber ensembles or combos are coached by Music Program faculty. Jazz, classical, and percussion chamber ensembles all perform concerts at the end of each semester. For more information, contact Dr. Haysun Kang.

Pep Band, also known as the Band of Wolves, plays at all the men’s and women’s basketball home games in Gentile Arena. The season begins in early November and runs through early March. Scholarships are available based on attendance. Please contact Rick Lowe for more information.

In addition, there are a few student a cappella ensembles on campus; please visit theses sites for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loyolacappella/65565834953

http://the-silhouettes.webs.com/

https://www.facebook.com/lucacafellas