Loyola University Maryland

Department of Fine Arts



Dear Greyhounds,
Greetings from the Fine Arts Department! 

Are you interested in doing something music-related this semester? Whether you are thinking of majoring or minoring in music, looking for lessons or an ensemble to participate in, or simply interested in fulfilling your Core Fine Arts requirement, we have something to offer you! Here’s what you need to know about our program while we are studying remotely:

Academic program:
The Music program offers both a music major and a minor, but you don’t have to be degree-seeking to participate in ensembles, take private lessons, or classes. Each semester, full credit courses are offered in Performance, Music History and Music Theory for both the interested novice and more musically experienced student. More information about classes and majors can be found by following this link: https://www.loyola.edu/academics/fine-arts/music 

Extra- and co-curricular activities:
As someone who is interested in music, one question may have crossed your mind: How can I be musically involved at Loyola and earn credits at the same time? 

We offer both vocal and instrumental ensembles, and private lessons, any of which are available to all Loyola students. As we are returning to campus this semester, some groups will be meeting on-campus or synchronously; other groups, as well as private applied lessons will be offered via Zoom, Skype, or another videoconferencing platform. (More about lessons below.)

Ordinarily, we offer several ensembles: two vocal (University Singers and Repertory Choir), and five instrumental (Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, Chamber Ensemble, Steel Pan ensemble, and Classical Guitar ensemble).  Due to the current social distancing and aerosol abatement requirements, the following ensembles will be offered this Fall:


On Campus Ensembles

  • - University Singers (MU221) - This is an auditioned ensemble. Contact Dr. Clay Price for details (cprice1@loyola.edu)
  • - Chamber Ensemble (MU220) - This is an auditioned ensemble for more traditional/classical instrumentalists. Currently limited to piano and strings. Contact David LaVorgna for details (dlavorgna@loyola.edu)
  • - Steel Pan Ensemble (MU231) - No audition or previous playing experience necessary. Contact Barry Dove for details (BDJQdove@aol.com)


Virtual Ensembles

  • - Jazz Ensemble (MU211) - This is an auditioned ensemble. Contact Mark St. Pierre for details (mastpierre@loyola.edu).
  • - University Singers (MU221) - This is an auditioned ensemble. Contact Dr. Clay Price for details (cprice1@loyola.edu)


Ensembles can be taken for academic credit! One semester of an ensemble is 1.5 credits. Two semesters of an ensemble count as a 3-credit general elective for your course of study.

Private music lessons:
Private applied lessons are available in voice and most string, wind, and percussion instruments. (You will need to have access to an instrument to take lessons. If you don’t yet have one, our instructors can assist you in determining the best instrument for you.) All our applied faculty are professional performers on their respective instrument, and excellent teachers. There is an additional fee for taking one-on-one lessons: a 30-minute lesson is $300/semester; a 60-minute lesson is $600. 


This semester, lesson location (on-campus or virtual) will be determined by the instructor.

Applied lessons can also be taken for academic credit: 1 credit/semester for a 30-minute lesson; 2 for a 60-minute lesson. 

Practice room access:
To request swipe access to the Fine Arts practice rooms, please scan the QR code below.

QR code for practice room access

Three things to remember: 
1. Lessons and ensembles can be added to your schedule during the first two weeks of the semester (Deadline: Friday 11 September). 
2. Lessons and Ensembles can be added on top of your 5-course load. You can register online or by calling Academic Advising (410.617.5050).
3. You can participate in any ensemble or private lesson even if you don’t want to take it for credit.

Music locker rentals:
To request a music locker in the Fine Arts department to store your instrument, please scan the QR code below.

QR code for locker registration

This is an unusual spring semester at Loyola, but I guarantee that you will be able to build friendships this semester while you develop your artistic side through an ensemble or applied studio. 

Best wishes on the new semester!
Loyola University Maryland Music Faculty


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