The Music Program
Villa Maria’s Music program can offer you:
- The skills you need to launch a career as a musician. The program emphasizes integrating music theory, aural skills, and developing the practical and technical competence critical to a musician. To be admitted, you must audition on a selected instrument/voice and possess basic music theory and aural skills.
- A well-rounded education. The program has a liberal framework to enhance communication, critical thinking, information literacy, and technology skills required for professional and personal success.
- Opportunities to showcase your talents. You’ll have the chance to participate in many on- and off-campus solo and ensemble performances throughout the year.
Listen to Our Students
Our students perform in ensembles, which can qualify you for special scholarship talent grants. Take a listen to the talent, while learning more about our program below.
If you want to learn more, visit our admissions page to talk to a counselor about applying and scholarship opportunities.
The Career Potential
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment for musicians, singers, and related workers is expected to grow by 10% from 2010 to 2020. Musicians work for orchestras, ballet companies and religious organizations as well as in the entertainment industry.
Opportunities in music include work as:
- Musical directors and conductors
- Music educators
- Music therapists
- Music librarians
- You must attain a minimum Grade of C in all Music courses, fulfill recital seminar and concert attendance requirements, complete all Music Department outcomes assessment activities, develop a demo according to Music Department guidelines, and pass all sections of the Keyboard Proficiency Exam.
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music Curriculum Requirements
- Concentration in Jazz Requirements
- Audition Requirements
- A 168-seat recital hall, which serves as the primary performance space for concerts. This space contains 2 Steinway concert grand pianos and 2 manual Delaware pipe organs. The hall is wired to the adjacent recording studio for capturing both live and studio performances.
- An ensemble room that contains electronic keyboards, a state-of-the-art sound system, guitar and bass amps, and a variety of drums and other percussion instruments. This room is used for jazz and percussion ensemble rehearsals, as well as for classes and lessons.
- 15 acoustically paneled practice rooms; 3 of which are available for practice with percussion and double bass. The other practice rooms are equipped with pianos.
- A MIDI lab/digital recording studio that houses state-of-the-art hardware and software, including an iMac, Mbox, and MIDI keyboard controller at student workstations. Software programs including ProTools, Reason, and Garage Band, which are available at workstations for creating musical projects. The master/instructor station includes a Macintosh G5 computer, a 24 channel mixing board, a Yamaha Motif synthesizer and powered audio monitors. The studio has a recording booth, and a collection of microphones, instruments, and amplifiers used for recording projects. The studio is wired to the adjacent recital hall.
Listen to Our Faculty
Some of our music faculty perform together as the Friends and Neighbors Quintet. The group consists of:
- Kelly Bucheger: Alto saxophone
- Ron LoCurto: Guitar
- Michael McNeill: Piano
- Jerry Livingston: Bass guitar
- John Bacon: Drums
All incoming music students must contact Kevin Donovan at 716-961-1870 to make an appointment for a music audition.
Spring 2015 Music auditions are scheduled for:
- Tuesday, February 24, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 24, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Thursday, May 21, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Listen to Villa Jazz Performances