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Music, Minor


Whether you want to be a music minor or just continue to pursue your passion for music, DeSales invites you to become a member of our musical community.

Our choirs, courses in music theory, history, and private instruction in voice, piano, and guitar are taught by faculty who are not only experienced professionals and performing artists, but also serve as coaches and mentors focused on your growth and development as a vocal and instrumental musician.

Admissions Requirements

At DeSales, we not only look at your past academic achievement but also your potential for future growth to determine your admission.

We find that students who have demonstrated significant achievement within a demanding curriculum are best suited for academic life at DeSales. Quality of academic performance plays a critical role in the admissions decision making process. This helps indicate a student's potential for academic growth going forward. We welcome applications from all qualified students regardless of race, religion, sex, national, or ethnic origin.

Application Checklist

  • Application Fee: None
  • Transcripts: Official High School Transcript
  • Standardized Tests: Test-optional for students applying for Fall 2021*
  • Recommendations: Completed Guidance Counselor Form and Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Please refer to the Program Specific Requirements section for any requirements specific to this program

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

* SAT scores are highly recommended for students applying for the Nursing, Medical Studies, and Health Science programs. Please refer to the Program Specific Requirements section for any requirements specific to this program.

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 

When to Apply

We encourage you to apply early in your senior year. We use a rolling admissions system, which means you will be notified promptly about your admissions status—usually within four weeks of our receipt of your completed application.

Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is December 1 of your senior year.


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. 


The Connelly Chapel of the Sacred Heart

Our beautiful chapel, a visual and acoustical gem, serves as the primary performance space for our three choirs. Graced with brilliant, academically themed stained glass windows, the chapel is home to a stunning new Austin pipe organ (installed 2020) which crowns the façade of the Chapel’s south end. The exceptionally large sanctuary of the chapel serves as a visual shell perfectly enhancing choral music at our Masses, special liturgies, and concerts.

The Austin Opus 2800 Organ

The striking cantilevered “great” division of Austin Organs’ Opus 2800 adorns the sanctuary surrounding its listeners in an array of tone color from the softest, smoothest strings to thundering basses and brilliant reeds. Its three manuals are housed in a stunning red-toned console with swell and choir divisions in the same wood tone enclosed on both sides of the sanctuary. Opus 2800 is one of the finest organs in the region inspiring recitalists, concert-goers, and lovers of Catholic liturgy throughout eastern Pennsylvania.    

The Gallagher Studio

This versatile space with its “industrial” design showcases a new Steinway concert grand piano along with state of the art Wenger practice rooms also featuring Steinway instruments. The studio serves as a choral rehearsal space as well as an intimate performance venue for smaller-scale chamber, vocal, and “cabaret” performances.

Connelly Chapel DeSales U Pipe Organ

The Connelly Chapel of the Sacred Heart at DeSales University

 Austin Organ DeSales University

The Austin Opus 2800 Organ

Gallager Studio, Brisson Hall

The Gallager Studio in Brisson Hall

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 2020-2021

Resident Students

Direct Costs
Tuition - $38,500

Room and Board - $13,300
Mandatory Fees - $1,000
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $53,000 (including freshman/transfer fees)

Indirect Costs
Books/Supplies - $674
Personal Expenses - $3,720
Total cost for resident students: $57,394

Commuter Students

Direct Costs
Tuition - $38,500
Mandatory Fees - $1,000
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $39,700 (including freshman/transfer fees)

Indirect Costs
Books/Supplies - $674
Personal Expenses - $3,720
Transportation Costs - $2,370
Total cost for commuter students: $46,464


Direct Costs
Tuition - $38,500
Mandatory Fees - $1,000
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $39,700 (including freshman/transfer fees)

Indirect Costs
Books/Supplies - $674
Personal Expenses - $3,720
Transportation Costs - $2,370
Living Expenses - $7,250
Total cost for off-campus students: $53,714
*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)
DeSales Chorale

It Pays to Sing at DeSales!

Our outstanding three-choir program is at the core of the University’s musical and spiritual life. And, singing in our choirs can substantially finance your DeSales education — up to 3/4 tuition annually — are awarded to singers who do NOT wish to pursue music as a major.


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