BA in Music


The Music Department provides majors and non-majors with a broad introduction to music through performance, history, and theory. The goals of the music program are to:

  • provide for and encourage artistic development in music
  • encourage inner growth (self-confidence and a higher level of communicating, thinking, and observing)
  • contribute to excellence in church music through performance and understanding
  • develop an appreciation for the rich variety of musical expression and thought (acoustic and electronic, western and non-western, applied, historical, and theoretical) which leads to a greater understanding and respect of other peoples

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.