May 23, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Sacred Music, BA

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Students preparing for careers in church music or who plan to go on to graduate study in church music may choose to major in Sacred Music. Performance concentrations focus on keyboard (organ or piano), voice, or orchestral instrument. The Sacred Music major earns a B.A. degree.

Entrance Auditions

An entrance audition is required for acceptance into the program in order to pursue a major or minor. Several of the music ensembles also require auditions.


Music majors may elect to pursue honors work with the approval of the Music faculty. To graduate ”With Honors in Music,” students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.2, and a GPA of 3.5 in the honors courses. In addition, they must complete eight credits in honors work in the major area including MUS 499  and five credits of music honors courses.

General Education Requirements (37 hours)

Graduation Requirements (4 hours)

General Education Requirements  

Technical Requirements (3 Hours)

Major Requirements (66 Hours)

Music Foundations (BA) (40 Hours)

Choral Principles (2 Hours)

Conducting (2 Hours)

Applied Music (12 Hours)

  • Primary Applied Instrument or Voice Hours: 4 (Lower Division; 1 credit per semester; 4 Semesters)
  • Primary Major EnsembleA Cappella Choir/Wind Symphony Hours: 8 (8 semesters - 1 credit per semester)
  • Hours: 0 (8 semesters, or number of semesters in residency minus one for transfer students)

Comprehensive Exam (ETS Field Test in Music) 0 Hours

Sacred Music (26 Hours)

Applied Music (4 Hours)

  • Upper Division, Applied Music Hours: 4 (1 credit per semester)

Choose One of the Following Options (2 Credits; 1 Per Semester)

  • Keyboard Principles
  • Applied Voice, Lower Division
  • Instrumental Principles

Senior Recital

Music Theory (4 Hours)

Conducting (3 Hours)

General Elective Credits

(If Needed)

Total Credit Hours (Minimum) 128

On occasion, technical and/or program requirements may also meet specific core curriculum requirements. Please confer with your program advisor to determine which courses, if any, may be counted accordingly.

All Bachelors programs at Lenoir-Rhyne require at least 128 credit hours. If, in combination, core, technical, and program requirements do not generate at least 128 hours, additional credits must be completed to achieve 128 hours. These classes may be general electives, or a student may complete a minor or additional major.

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