Mercyhurst University

D'Angelo Department of Music

Technical mastery and creative passion

Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the D’Angelo Department of Music can help you realize any musical dream you have. You will be immersed in engaging courses and have abundant performance opportunities in solo, chamber music, large and small ensembles, and operatic and musical theatre stage settings. You will have access to expert faculty teachers and performers, guest master classes, excellent music therapy clinical placements, and exceptional performance spaces. With our smaller size and attention solely on the undergraduate student, we offer our students endless opportunities for special student-initiated projects. Gain the hands-on experience you need, and receive mentoring tailor-made to you and your goals. When you’re ready to apply, please consult the Audition and Open House Application page



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Generous performance scholarships may be available for music students, helping to make Mercyhurst one of the most affordable music programs in the region.

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As a Music Education major, you will find professional development and networking in our chapter of the National Association for Music Education. Your student-teaching placement will provide you with excellent hands-on classroom experience.

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Sing major operatic roles as part of the D’Angelo Opera Theater and musical theatre roles as part of the Mercyhurst Theatre Program.

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Compose scores for live performance by our students, faculty and ensembles. Develop your creativity through the active writing of music in a variety of forms and styles, and for a wide range of instrumental combinations.

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With the B.A. Music degree, enjoy the flexibility of pursuing a minor in an outside area, or perhaps even a double major, to enhance your career options and graduate school opportunities.

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As a Music Therapy major, your curriculum will focus on music, psychology, neurology, health care and real-world clinical experiences in a wide variety of Erie-area health care facilities. Our program is fully accredited by the American Music Therapy Association.

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All majors enroll in at least one large ensemble—such as Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, or Chamber Orchestra—each semester. Ensembles are open to all Mercyhurst students by audition.

Why Music?

We asked our students to tell us in five words or less why they love studying music.
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Music performance establishes human connection.
Sarah Krempasky, Music major
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Music is a powerful medicine.
Kevin Timko, Music Therapy major
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Music unlocks humanity, internally, globally.
Stephanie Dowling, Music Education major
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Composition creates something from nothing.
Christian Goulione, Composition major


Art TherapyArt Education

MUS 230/246 and 330/346 Educational Methods & Techniques

In this two-year course, Music Education majors build practical knowledge and skills through experiences in instructional design, composition and arranging, ensemble instruction and conducting, as well as ensemble participation on all secondary instruments.

MUTH 101 Music Therapy Foundations

Get an overview of music therapy, from its historical roots to its present day theories, methods of treatment, ethics and professional standards of practice.

MUS 206 Orchestral and Chamber Music Literature

Explore and analyze the dominant instrumental works, genres, and composers of the Western classical art music, primarily from the 17th century into the mid-20th century.

Degree Programs

BA Music


With a Bachelor of Arts in Music, pursue a full major in music together with an expanded emphasis on the liberal arts.

BM Composition


This Bachelor of Music allows students to develop the essential technical toolbox and broad aesthetic perspective needed to assume a place in the community of professional composers.

BM Performance


Expand your musical proficiency at a pre-professional level through individual instruction, mentoring, and career guidance.

BM Music Therapy


Through this Bachelor of Music, instruction in the clinical and evidence-based use of music, you’ll learn to improve the physical, emotional, cognitive and social health and functioning of individuals in a therapeutic relationship.

BM Music Education


Learn instructional techniques and classroom management skills while performing with a variety of ensembles similar to ones you’ll supervise in schools.

Music Minor


Continue your passion for music by taking weekly private lessons on your instrument or voice; studying Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Music History; and participating in one of our large ensembles.


Opera Performances

Mercyhurst presents the Puccini classic Madama Butterfly this month, reprising the first opera staged at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center when it opened in 1996.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy majors get hands-on clinical experience working with patients living with autism, brain injury, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease among others. Average salary for a Music Therapist is $50,000

Music Composition

Watch this video featuring our Music Department's students, faculty, and ensembles performing music by our student composers.

Meet the Faculty

Nathan Hess, D.M.A.
Chair, D'Angelo Department of Music, Associate Professor of Piano
Louisa Jonason, M.M.
Assistant Professor of Voice, and Director of the Opera Program
Scott Meier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Saxophone and Music Education
Jonathan Moser, M.M.
Instructor of Music; Violin, Viola, String Techniques, Music History, Chamber Music, Mercyhurst Chamber Orchestra
Craig Stevens, MA, MT-BC, NMT
Director, Music Therapy, Lecturer
Rebecca Wunch, M.M.
Director of the Sullivan Conservatory of Music; Instructor of Music in Clarinet, Theory/Aural Skills, Woodwind Ensemble, Orchestral/Chamber Music
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Colleen Shah
Colleen Shah
Music Secretary/Music Admissions Coordinator
Brittany Barko, M.M.
Instructor of Music Therapy
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C. Thomas Brooks
C. Thomas Brooks, M.M.
Director of Choirs
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Kellen Degnan, M.M.
Kellen Degnan, M.M.
Instructor of Cello
Bradley Amidon, M.F.A.
Instructor of Percussion
Elizabeth Etter, D.M.A.
Collaborative Pianist
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Gino Faraci. M.M.
Gino Faraci. M.M.
Instructor of Double Bass
Albert Glinsky, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Composition
Linda Kobler, M.M.
Instructor of Music Appreciation (Online)
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Joyce Kriner, B.M.
Joyce Kriner, B.M.
Collaborative Pianist
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Charles Lute, M.M.
Charles Lute, M.M.
Instructor of Music
Melany Myers, M.M.
Instructor of Music Education
Lindsay Riggs, M.A.
Instructor of World Music
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Patrick Rose
Patrick Rose
M.M. Instructor of Choral Conducting
Amanda Sage, M.M.
Instructor of Flute
Katherine Soroka
Adjunct Voice Faculty
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Royce Strider, M.M.
Royce Strider, M.M.
Instuctor of Voice
Kent Tucker, B.M.
Instructor of Trombone
Christopher Von Volkenburg, M.S.
Instructor of Music Education
Allen Zürcher, D.A.
Instructor of Jazz History