Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts


There is no audition necessary to declare a Music minor. Click here for more information.

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.

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.

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

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

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, Anthony Molinaro, 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, Symphony 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.


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.


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 ArtsEvents.luc.edu.

Yes. DFPA students (music majors, theatre majors, musical theatre minors, and students enrolled in music courses) are allowed to use practice rooms on the 1st and 10th floors for free, while non-DFPA students must pay $30 per term to receive access to practice rooms.

Non-Loyola students cannot pay for access. For more information, click here. If you have a question concerning the use of DFPA practice rooms, please contact dfpa@luc.edu.

Unfortunately, practice rooms are not available outside of the fall and spring semesters, regardless of summer enrollment in non-DFPA classes.

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. Students who use school-owned instruments, including all percussionists, must pay a $30 per semester fee to cover repairs and upkeep. All percussion instruments, as well as keyboard mallets, are available. Most brass mutes, for trumpet, horn, and trombone, are available. For more information, click here.

In addition to participating in ensembles for academic credit and volunteering in the Loyola Pep Band, students can explore extracurricular organizations. Click here for more information about student performance opportunities.