2011 News Articles
Music department provides foundation for bright future in variety of careers

Music department provides foundation for bright future in variety of careers
April 19, 2011

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Orchestra_0055Lisle, Illinois ~ High school students who are considering a career in music can establish a solid foundation for a bright future at Benedictine University.

Benedictine's Department of Music offers a comprehensive program of study that encompasses credit hours in music theory, aural skills, keyboard skills, music history, music literature, conducting, arranging, music technology, ensembles, applied music and music education courses.

The department's programs focus on providing the core classes necessary to offer students a solid foundation in music pedagogy and performance, while fulfilling the requirements of a well-rounded university education.

"The department seeks to combine excellent musicianship and music appreciation with a liberal arts education that will establish a base for both artistic and intellectual growth throughout student's life," said Luis E. Loubriel, D.M.A., chair of the Department of Music.

Students who study music at Benedictine learn from some of the most experienced and finest musicians in the Chicago area. Faculty members have performed with ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Music majors and minors also train in up-to-date music and technology classrooms on a beautiful 108-acre campus. They study performance techniques and collaborative skills through applied music classes and ensemble experiences in Benedictine's Bachelor of Arts in Music program.

A Bachelor of Arts in Music Education program, which has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, prepares students to obtain a Type 10 certificate (K-12) as a music educator in the state of Illinois. Double majors and a Music minor are also available for students who want to study two disciplines.

Music majors and minors seeking a career other than teaching can pursue a course of study that will prepare them for careers in private instruction, arts advocacy, the recording industry, composing, music publishing or as a solo, chamber or orchestral performer.

To enter the Music program at Benedictine, students must be accepted into the University, complete an entrance audition for the Department of Music, and complete an examination that includes theory, aural and keyboard skills.

Students who gain admission into the program may qualify for a Music Talent Award, a scholarship worth up to $4,000 per year (renewed annually for four years). Requirements include an audition for the Department of Music, a declared major or minor in Music, a sustained 3.0 GPA and maintaining a required presence in the program.

For program or audition information, contact: Luis E. Loubriel, D.M.A., Director, Department of Music, Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Scholl Hall Room 105, Lisle, IL 60532; email lloubriel@ben.edu; or call (630) 820-6325.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.