This degree teaches performance skills and provides knowledge for careers requiring general musicianship.


Join our Ensembles! In the MSJ Department of Music, we believe in musical service to the University, the community, and each other. In addition to Music majors and minors, we offer experiences for all musicians in University Band, University Singers, and Orchestra. Students are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue professional careers and graduate study. Structural, cognitive, and aesthetic aspects of music are investigated and cultivated through theoretical and historical studies. Musicianship is expanded and enhanced through vocal/instrumental ensembles and private study.


Applications for theoretical studies in music are enhanced through state-of-the-art technology in ear-training and sight singing. Music majors perform throughout the year in formal concerts with the University Band and the University Singers, Student Recitals, Mass Ensemble, Steel Drum Band, and are often featured on Open Mic Night. An audition is required for initial acceptance into this program.


The Music Department is committed to training a versatile, competitive, and marketable student via a renowned faculty and advanced curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to observe and participate in all facets of the music industry; from studio recording to performing in Broadway musicals; from private lesson teaching to professional orchestra rehearsals. The mission of the Music Department is to foster comprehensive musicianship that teaches students to hear, comprehend, write, and perform various musical styles. Students are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue professional careers and graduate study.


We offer two concentrations: Music Education and Music Pedagogy.


Featured Courses:

  • Music Literature
  • University Band
  • World Music
  • Orchestra
  • University Singers

 Our Music Education program prepares the student to be a productive and competitive music educator. When course work is completed, a provisional multi-age license (ages 3-21) is available through the Education Department. This certifies graduates to teach in private, parochial and public schools.


Benefits of the Program:

Students majoring in music can earn their Bachelor of Arts in music in three years. A three year program allows students to complete their degree faster, move towards a graduate degree earlier, or have the time to pursue a double major. Students have the opportunity to study with in-demand musicians who are active in the regional performance scene, as well in the international academic field. A low student-to-faculty ratio sets the stage for true mentoring relationships to develop.


Professional musicians who are active in the regional and national performance scenes, as well as in the international academic field guide students in their study of Music. A low student-to-faculty ratio sets the stage for valuable mentoring relationships. While at the Mount, students will engage in performances in academic, athletic, religious, and community settings. Large ensembles, chamber ensembles, and opportunities for individual performances abound. Many students build experience in Church Music, and all students have the opportunity to serve communities in need. Outreach to retirement homes, underserved communities, and educational venues are a central part of the MSJ Music major experience.


Career Potential:

Professional musicians typically work in several areas of music, including teaching, performing and composing/arranging. These careers vary between employment at institutions such as schools, orchestras, publishing houses and in an entrepreneurial (self-employed/independent) arrangement. Many professional musicians find it beneficial to maintain contacts throughout the music, education and entertainment industries.



The Mount’s location in Cincinnati provides students with a wealth of musical opportunities. Minutes away are professional orchestras, Broadway touring theater productions, and all the benefits of a metropolitan city. Our facilities offer students an intimate Recital Hall (90 seats) and Theater (1100 seats) as well as access to contemporary and traditional performance venues. Our food court is equipped with the latest sound equipment—used for Open Mic Nights and other social/entertainment events. Students are able to participate in the choir for worship, including Baccalaureate Mass and weekly Sunday Mass in Mater Dei Chapel.


Alumni Profile

Since her 2010 graduation with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education, Samantha has enjoyed a multi-faceted music career. She has been actively teaching middle school music and choir where her duties include preparing the students for concerts and competitions, as well as directing musicals, along with her regular teaching duties. She also teaches private voice lessons. Outside of her teaching, Samantha has served as the music director for shows in local community theaters and she maintains a vibrant performing career acting and singing in multiple local shows with other professional performances.


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  Faculty and Staff

Mark McCafferty
Band Director, Chairperson


Ulli Brinksmeier
Associate Professor


Dave Allen
Adjunct Instructor of Orchestra


Julie Baker
Adjunct Instructor of Flute


Yuking Chou Brandenburgh
Adjunct Instructor of Pia


Dr. Alice Ann O’Neill
Adjunct Instructor of Cello


Tiffany Owens
Adjunct Instructor of Voice


Cheryl Raine
Adjunct Instructor of Organ


Bob Ross
Instructor of Contemporary Guitar


Tim Kennedy
Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet


Aleksander Liszka
Adjunct Instructor of Violin and Viola


Minhwa Kim
Adjunct Instructor of Violin and Viola


Chris Wilke
Adjunct Guitar Instructor 


Debra McDonough
Adjunct of Music Education


Betty Richardson
Adjunct Instructor of Piano


Richard Buchanan
Director of Theatre Arts


Joseph Rivers
Director of Choral Activities

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Department of Music

The Department of Music readies you for a music career with broad-based knowledge and performance skills