BA in Music
Music Technology

The Music Department provides many levels of instruction in performance, history, and theory. Choir, orchestra, jazz, chamber music, and private lessons are available to all Principia students. All music majors take lessons and participate in choir or orchestra. 

The music major prepares students for post-baccalaureate study in music education and for graduate study in many areas, including performance. A minor is available as well.

What our majors do in college
  • Perform often in weekly Music at Davis concerts; choir, orchestra, or jazz ensemble concerts; and College musicals
  • Attend the St. Louis Symphony for free
  • Study abroad in France, Vienna, or Peru
  • Complete a senior recital or composition
  • Travel around the country performing with Arts on Tour
  • Study on the carillon and pipe organs
  • Learn to use state-of-the-art recording equipment in the recently renovated studio

See the College Catalog for more detailed information about our program and departmental learning outcomes.

About Principia College’s Organ

The organ stands 23 feet high and has three manuals and 55 ranks. From the organ’s 3,069 pipes, you can hear an entire orchestra of sounds—including cromorne, oboe, flute, cornet, and trumpet. Each pipe has an individual tonal color.

The organ’s walnut and maple case is in the Arts and Crafts style of Bernard Maybeck’s architecture, in keeping with the numerous buildings he designed on the Principia College campus. The organ was custom-built by Casavant Frères of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, the oldest continuing organ builder in North America.

Principia is an All-Steinway School with a Steinway piano in every practice room and performance hall on campus.