Why Choose Nazareth for Music?

The music degree program at Nazareth College not only prepares students to be accomplished musicians, it immerses them in the study of music from multiple perspectives with wide possibilities of professional work. Our goal is to develop skilled musical ambassadors who bring music to the community through performance, instruction, and various other ways.

Among our alumni are an Emmy-award winning composer, a nationally known arranger, a performing opera singer, and scholars engaged in a range of professional careers.

In addition to academic instruction, the music program gives students the opportunity to become technically proficient and artistically expressive musicians. You'll learn from professors who are highly trained artists and active performers. You'll find an intensive focus on private lessons, many performance opportunities, and a supportive environment that lets you perfect your talent from the first day of college to the last. Many students enrolled in the B.A. program have declared second majors in areas such as mathematics, psychology, and communication and media.

Program Highlights

  • This broad-based liberal arts degree provides students an opportunity to combine their interest in the art of music with complementary liberal arts disciplines that allow them to pursue employment in a variety of nontraditional and emerging vocational fields.
  • Music majors have many opportunities to perform. This includes playing in local orchestras, performing with the Mercury Opera, singing in local churches, giving concerts in Poland, and participating in community theater.
  • Students pursuing Nazareth's B.A. Music degree have the option to specialize in music history or music theory.
  • Short-term study abroad option: Learn about music and culture in Austria.

Typical Class Schedule


Program Contact

Zbigniew Granat

Zbigniew Granat

Associate Professor of Music in Music
Music House 21
Jack Allocco, almnus of the music degree program, music major at Nazareth College of Rocheser, NY

Alumni Spotlight: Jack Allocco '72

Composer, conductor, music producer, and director for television, film, and theatre

Allocco has won a career-total of seven Daytime Emmy Awards, including one for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series (The Bold and the Beautiful).

Example Careers

  • Composer
  • Music librarian
  • Musicologist
  • Liturgical musician
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Jazz musician

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Sibley Music Library
  • Leo Kestenberg Musikschule, Berlin, Germany
  • Glimmerglass Opera Company
  • Staatliches Institut fur Musikforschung, Berlin, Germany

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Eastman School of Music
  • University of Maryland
  • Temple University
  • University of Pittsburgh