sacred music

Sacred Music

The Master's degree in Sacred Music emphasizes your spiritual and musical development while empowering you to become a minister of music through a full range of church-music courses, practical training, and internships.

Our Program is Unique
  • Duquesne University is home to seven unique organs, including a new mechanical action pipe organ in the Duquesne University Chapel of the Holy Spirit.
  • In addition to performance, you will study and apply skill sets including conducting, composing/arranging, and music ministry, and learn how to connect your skills to the spiritual life of the church musician.
  • Through repertoire and improvisation courses, you will explore a wide variety of musical styles from various cultures and time periods, including elective courses, Gregorian Chant, hymnody, practicum, and choral or instrumental conducting.
  • In addition to coursework, you will gain invaluable real-world experience through internships and public performances. Your research culminates in the development of a professional portfolio that will make you stand out as a leader in music ministry.
  • Our graduates succeed.

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Admission to the Mary Pappert School of Music involves a 2-step process.  Applicants must first apply to Duquesne University. Once the application is submitted, applicants will then be prompted to schedule an audition and submit additional materials and documentation. Learn more about this process.



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