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Music (Minor and Instruction), Minor


Pursue your passion for musical artistry through DeSales' Department of Music.

Our vibrant program of choral ensembles is further broadened through the Department's invitation to expand your musical knowledge and ability through applied voice, piano, and/or guitar lessons. DeSales' music faculty are not only experienced professionals and performing artists, but also serve as coaches and mentors focused on your growth, appreciation, and overall development as a vocal and instrumental musician.

Choral Ensembles

Lift your voice! Apply your talent in DeSales University's three unique choral ensembles:

University Chorale

A 40-voice mixed ensemble, University Chorale is open to all DeSales students (except theatre majors). Students in Chorale develop musical and vocal skills through the performance of engaging repertoire from a variety of styles and time periods, frequently accompanied by a chamber orchestra. The University Chorale performs in two major events each year: Gaudeamus in December, and the annual Spring Concert in April.

Schola Cantorum

An advanced chamber choir of 20 voices, Schola Cantorum is selected by audition each year from the membership of the University Chorale. Students in Schola perform a diverse selection of advanced repertoire, with a particular emphasis on unaccompanied choral music ranging from the Renaissance through the 21st century. In addition to Gaudeamus and the annual Spring Concert, Schola performs for many important campus events. Through the Choral Scholarship Program, all eligible members of Schola Cantorum receive scholarship money for their participation.

Liturgical Choir

A 30-voice mixed ensemble, Liturgical Choir provides an essential ministry to the campus community with its musical leadership of campus Masses. In addition to service music, the Liturgical Choir performs anthems from a variety of genres, styles, and time periods. Liturgical Choir is open to all students, including theatre majors. Through the Choral Scholarship Program, all eligible members of Liturgical Choir receive scholarship money for their participation.

Select Performances

Gaudeamus: A Service of Readings & Music Celebrating the Christmas Season. Recorded live on December 4, 2010.

  • Bogoroditse Djevo
    By Arvo Pärt. Performed by Schola Cantorum.
  • Estampie Natalis. 
    By Vaclav Nelhybel. Performed by the University Chorale with chamber orchestra.

Songs of Love, Longing & Faith. Recorded live on April 16, 2011. Excerpts from Neue Liebeslieder, Op. 65. By Johannes Brahms. Performed by Schola Cantorum with Drew Nielsen & Patricia O'Connell, piano.

Admissions Requirements


Application Checklist

  • Application Fee: None
  • Transcripts: Official High School Transcript
  • Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT scores—official from the College Board or on your official high school transcript.
  • Recommendations: Completed Guidance Counselor Form and Teacher Recommendation Form

All materials can be mailed to:
DeSales University Admissions Office
2755 Station Ave.
Center Valley, PA 

Additional recommendations

High School Academics - Remember, there is no single preferred high school academic program, but a college preparatory course of study is highly recommended. Here's an example:

  • Four years of English
  • Three or four years of college preparatory mathematics
  • A minimum of two years of modern, foreign, or classical language
  • At least two laboratory science courses

Visiting DeSales - A personal, on-campus interview is strongly recommended, but is not required. We encourage you to visit so that you'll have a chance to learn more about DeSales, and we'll have the opportunity to learn more about you, too.

Learn more about Undergraduate Admissions & Aid 


A Minor in Music is sponsored by the humanities department. 


A minor at DeSales consists of 6 courses and will be indicated on your permanent record. Courses for the music minor:

One of the following: 

  • Fine Arts 115 
  • Fine Arts 118 
  • Fine Arts 120 

Two of the following: 

  • Fine Arts 362 
  • Fine Arts 364 
  • Fine Arts 366 
  • Fine Arts 368 
  • Fine Arts 370 

Two of the following: 

  • Fine Arts 111.1, ,2, .3 
  • Fine Arts 112.1, .2, .3 
  • Fine Arts 113.1, .2, .3 

One additional course from the above lists, or one additional approved elective in music.

Graduation Requirements

Additional information and “Completion of a Minor” forms are available in MyDSU under the Forms and Documents heading as well as in the academic affairs office. 

To learn more about the Choral Scholarship Program, please contact:

Mark Helms, Coordinator of Choral Activities and Liturgical Music


As a DeSales Performing Arts major, you'll study your craft in some of the best facilities in the region.  

The Labuda Center 

is an award-winning, state-of-the-art venue that is home to:

  • Main Stage (473 seat proscenium/ thrust theatre)
  • Schubert Stage (200 seat black box theatre)
  • Studio Theatre (100 seat lab theatre)
  • Labuda dance studio
  • Costume and Scene Shops

The Iacocca Studio at the Labuda Center is a professional, high definition (HD) facility outfitted for multi-camera digital video and music production equipped with:

  • three cameras
  • digital switching
  • a programmable lighting system
  • an array of studio microphones
  • multi-track mixing and editing
  • a digital graphic effects system

Brisson Studios

The TV/Film Studio at Brisson Hall contains:
  • 10 Avid and Final Cut Pro editing suites that are HD compatible
  • a production office equipped with computers
  • scriptwriting software
  • high-speed Internet access

The Brisson Dance Studio

  • features a sprung floor for dancer comfort and safety

McShea Center

In addition to being the heart of student life on campus, this location features

  • Four applied music teaching studios and practice rooms
  • Choral Director’s office

Connelly Chapel

  • Choral library and rehearsal space

The Air Products Theater

  • is a 60-seat projection theater/classroom used for lecture courses as well as a venue for screening student work

And, classrooms across campus are equipped with video and computer projection systems to enable close study of moving images.

Tuition & Fees

DeSales can help make your college expenses affordable through a combination of grants, loans, student employment, and scholarship resources.

Cost of attendance for undergrads for 2019-2020

Resident Students

Direct Costs Tuition - $37,200

Room and Board - $13,000
Mandatory Fees - $1,500
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200

Total = $51,900 (including freshman/transfer fees)
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,466
Personal Expenses - $2,808
Total cost for resident students: $56,174

Commuter Students

Direct Costs
Tuition - $37,200
Mandatory Fees - $1,200
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $38,700
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,466
Personal Expenses - $2,304
Transportation Costs - $2,808
Total cost for commuter students: $45,278


Direct Costs
Tuition - $37,200
Mandatory Fees - $1,200
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $38,700
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,466
Personal Expenses - $2,808
Transportation Costs - $2,304
Living Expenses - $7,048
Total cost for off-campus students: $52,326
*First year students are required to reside on campus or commute from home.

Parking Fee - $75

Dual Degree Undergraduate-to-Graduate Programs

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate-to-graduate degree program — for example a 5-year, 3+2, 3+3, program — the undergraduate tuition and fees apply only to the undergraduate portion of the program. As you progress into the graduate phase of your program, graduate tuition and fees apply. Please see your respective graduate program for more information. 

The financial aid process may appear overwhelming at first glance, but don't worry, we'll help you through it.

Accepted students are automatically be considered for scholarships upon receipt of a completed application and are awarded regardless of financial need. Funds for scholarships are limited, so we do encourage students to apply early.

Our comprehensive financial aid packages carefully explain the types and amounts of assistance —including federal, state, and institutional — that you may be eligible for to help cover education related expenses.

Total cost of attendance includes estimates for tuition, fees, room, board, books, and personal, transportation, and living expenses.

You can estimate your total cost of attendance with our Net Price Calculator


Applied Lessons

Applied Lessons in Voice, Piano, and Guitar

Lessons are offered to all students regardless of skill or experience level as one-credit courses. Each student receives 13 private lessons per semester. Lessons are 45 minutes in length. A lab fee is required for these lesson/courses.


Course Registration - DO NOT register for these course through WebAdvisor. All applied music course rosters are managed by the Division of Performing Arts.

Applied Music Courses

To register, drop, or add a course in applied music please email Once your request has been processed, it will be reflected in WebAdvisor.

Applied Music Lessons

To register for an applied lesson, current students should email information to Your email should contain the following information:

  • Course Title: (Applied Voice/Piano/Guitar, etc.)
  • Student Name:
  • Student ID:
  • Email:
  • Phone:
  • Teacher Requested: (If any)

Choral Scholarship Program

Eligible students may receive an annual scholarship for participation in the University's choral program.

Learn more

DeSales Chorale