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D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

 

About Us

As an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the D’Angelo Department of Music offers large and small performing ensembles; opera, jazz, chamber, choral, and orchestral presentations; special master classes; and performances and residencies from our Visiting Artists Series. For a list of all our faculty, guest, ensemble, and student performances, check out our Concerts & Events page.

The dedicated and accomplished instructors at the D’Angelo Department of Music will give you the personal attention you need to achieve the technical mastery required of today’s professional musician. They’ll help you reach your goals, whether you want to be a music teacher, performer, music therapist or to pursue a graduate degree.

Mercyhurst University's exceptional performance and rehearsal spaces include the exquisite Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center; the Dr. Barrett and Catherine Walker Recital Hall; and the Taylor Little Theatre. The university’s tri-level music building offers all the facilities you will need to become the musician you aspire to be, with practice rooms, a music technology lab, piano lab, ensemble spaces and more.

In addition to the Mercyhurst University application, admission to the D’Angelo Department of Music requires a supplemental application/audition form, a performance audition, and both a theory and piano placement exam. The performance audition requirements vary by instrument and program of study, but all applicants should possess a well-developed ear and proficiency in at least one instrument.

Talent-based scholarships are available.

 

Scholarships

Talent-based scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the faculty and the Director of the Department of Music through the audition process. Any prospective student is eligible to compete for scholarship assistance, regardless of financial status.

Students wishing to apply for financial assistance must also apply to Mercyhurst University's Director of Financial Aid.

 


A degree from Mercyhurst prepares you for an exciting and dynamic career.

Major(s) Bachelor of Arts in Music
  Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy
  Bachelor of Music in Composition
  Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  Bachelor of Music in Performance
   
Minor(s) Music Minor

Ready to begin your journey in music?  Request an audition today -- it takes only a few brief minutes. In addition to filling out the Department of Music Audition Application, you will also need to complete your Mercyhurst University application. It's free to apply!

 


The mission of the D'Angelo Department of Music is to provide an undergraduate curriculum with comprehensive instruction to students seeking degrees in performance, composition, music therapy, a Bachelor of Arts or certification in music education. Successful completion of these degrees will enable music students to take a meaningful place within their communities, assist them in becoming happy, healthy individuals and life-long learners in the arts. The department seeks to do this within the context of a liberal arts university and with a deep personalized approach to learning.


 

 Music

  • Students will possess an appropriate understanding of music theory and the skills to properly read and compose music
  • Students will be able to identify significant events, innovations, and composers in the history of music and identify pieces within each major historical period
  • Students will exhibit a proficient level of piano performance
  • Students will attain an acceptable level of performance proficiency on their respective major instrument
  • Students will obtain necessary skills to properly evaluate the musical performances of others
  • Students will grow musically and socially by participating in musical ensembles

 

Music Education

  • Students will possess an appropriate understanding of music theory and the skills to properly read and compose music
  • Students will be able to identify significant events, innovations, and composers in the history of music and identify pieces within each major historical period
  • Students will exhibit a proficient level of piano performance
  • Students will attain an acceptable level of performance proficiency on their respective major instrument
  • Students will obtain necessary skills to properly evaluate the musical performances of others
  • Students will grow musically and socially by participating in musical ensembles
  • Demonstrates comprehensive skill in managing the instructional environment
  • Demonstrates the ability to synthesize instructional plans based on multiple perspectives and standards
  • Demonstrates the ability to select, implement, evaluate, and adapt teaching methods as they apply to differentiated instruction

 

Music Performance

  • Students will possess an appropriate understanding of music theory and the skills to properly read and compose music
  • Students will be able to identify significant events, innovations, and composers in the history of music and identify pieces within each major historical period
  • Students will exhibit a proficient level of piano performance
  • Students will attain an acceptable level of performance proficiency on their respective major instrument
  • Students will obtain necessary skills to properly evaluate the musical performances of others
  • Students will grow musically and socially by participating in musical ensembles

Interested students may also consult the course catalog for more information.

As a liberal arts institution, all undergraduate students complete Mercyhurst's core curriculum.


 

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Contact Us

Joelene Games, Music SecretaryJoelene Games
dangelomusic@mercyhurst.edu

Mercyhurst University
D'Angelo Department of Music

501 East 38th Street, Erie, PA 16546
(814) 824-2394, fax (814) 824-3332
music.mercyhurst.edu

 


 

 


Albert Glinsky
Ph.D.
Professor of Composition
Office: D'Angelo Room 12
Phone: (814) 824-2361


Allen Zurcher
Instructor of Saxophone and Jazz History


Alyssa Pysola
Instructor of Flute and Flute Ensemble


Bradley Amidon
Instructor of Percussion


Bryan Lewis
Instructor of Music Technology


Carolyn Borland
Instructor of Bassoon


Christopher Rapier
Instructor of French Horn


Craig Stevens
MA, MT-BC, NMT
Director, Music Therapy
Office: DAN 17
Phone: 814-824-3868


Diane Kalinowski
Part-time Instructor of Voice and Vocal Literature
Office: D'Angelo Room 18
Phone: (814) 824-2363


Gary Viebranz
D.M.A.
Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium


Harry Jacobson
Instructor of Double Bass


Hilary Philipp
Instructor of Oboe


James Bobick
Instructor of Opera and Voice


Jonathan Nolan
Instructor of Guitar


Joseph Kneer
D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Violin, Viola, Music Theory, and Aural Skills
Office: D'Angelo Room 13
Phone: (814) 824-3091


Kent Tucker
B.M.
Instructor of Trombone


Linda Kobler
M.M.
Instructor of Music Appreciation (Online)


Lindsay Stickney
Instructor of World Music


Louisa Jonason
M.M.
Assistant Professor of Voice, and Director of the Opera Program
Office: D'Angelo Room 11
Phone: (814) 824-2365


Melany Myers
Instructor of Music Education


Melissa Beichner
Instructor of Music Education


Nathan Barber
Instructor of Music Theory


Nathan Hess
D.M.A.
Chair, D'Angelo Department of Music, Assistant Professor of Piano
Office: D'Angelo Room 14
Phone: (814) 824-2576


R. Scott Tomlison
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education
Office: D'Angelo Room 16
Phone: (814) 824-2575


Rebecca Ryan
B.A.
Lecturer, Director of the Sullivan Conservatory and Director of Choirs
Office: D'Angelo Room 41
Phone: (814) 824-2061


Rebecca Wunch
Part-time Instructor of Clarinet, Class Piano, Theory/Aural Skills Lab, Orchestral/Chamber Music, and Woodwind Ensemble


Robin Hasenpflug
M.M.
Instructor of Cello, Instructor of Lower Strings Instrumental Techniques


Ryan Spacht
M.M. Instructor of Trumpet


Sarah Kahl
D.M.A.
Instructor of Class Piano, Collaborative Pianist


Scott Meier
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Saxophone and Music Education
Office: D'Angelo Room 10
Phone: (814) 824-2432


Sung Hui Elberfeld
Collaborative Pianist