Quick Facts

  • The mission of The D'Angelo Department of Music is to encourage the pursuit of music as a lifetime experience.
  • The music department's dedicated and accomplished faculty are performing artists themselves, and will offer personalized instruction in these applied areas of study:
              o Brass
              o Composition/Theory
              o Guitar
              o Organ
              o Percussion
              o Piano
              o Strings
              o Voice
              o Woodwinds
  • Special experiences include opera, jazz, chamber and orchestral presentations; master classes with visiting artists; and performances and residences from our Visiting Artists Series
  • Mercyhurst's exceptional performance and rehearsal spaces include the exquisite Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center; Dr. Barrett and Catherine Walker Recital Hall; and Taylor Little Theatre
  • Mercyhurst's tri-level music building offers practice rooms, a music technology lab, piano lab and ensemble spaces

Resident Ensembles

The D’Angelo Department of Music offers students the opportunity to perform and collaborate with two resident ensembles:


The YADO (Young Artists Debut Orchestra) is an Erie-based middle school and high school community orchestra in residence at the D’Angelo Department of Music. Directed by Frank Collura, the ensemble provides the framework for young community musicians to supplement their school musical activities with music lessons from distinguished faculty, an instrument to practice on, solo opportunities with the orchestra, participation in small ensembles, and coaching and mentoring by professional musicians. Music majors from the D’Angelo Department of Music have the opportunity to supplement the ranks of the ensemble to augment their orchestral repertoire experience, and foster working relationships with younger musicians, preparing them for later roles as teachers and mentors.


The After Dinner Opera Company, established in New York City in 1950, boasts a distinguished history of world premieres and unique opera presentations in the U.S. and abroad. A resident ensemble of the D’Angelo Department of Music since 2004, the company now provides voice students in the program the opportunity to make their debuts in New York City in periodic performances of new and established works. Recent presentations in New York include Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, Robert Ward’s Roman Fever, and three one-act operas by the distinguished American composer, Seymour Barab, who supervised many aspects of the productions.

Learn more about ADO.


Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Anais Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell

Dates: Sep 30

Location: Erie Art Museum


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