Music PERFORMANCE and Music Education

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The Chestnut Hill Musical “The Wedding Singer” 

Friday March 28 (8:00 p.m.)

Saturday March 29 (2:00 & 8:00 p.m.)

Sunday March 30 (2:00 p.m.)

Motherhouse Auditorium

Tickets are $12 for the General Public and $5 for Students and Seniors.  For more information or to reserve tickets call (215) 753-3707.  Because of its content and some language, this show is not recommended for children under the age of 13.


Upcoming Music Events


 Steinway Artist Series:  Matthew Bengston 

The Chestnut Hill College Music Department in partnership with Jacobs Music is proud to present Matthew Bengston in concert as part of the Steinway Artist Series.

Thursday April 3 (7:00 p.m.)

St. Joseph Hall, East Parlor

No admission charge


The Hill Singers Perform Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” 

CHC’s premier choral ensemble, The Hill Singers will be performing Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass alongside members of the First United Methodist Church of Germantown’s Chancel Choir and The Fairmont Chamber Orchestra.

Sunday April 6 (7:30 p.m.)

St. Joseph Hall, Rotunda

No admission charge, but a goodwill offering will be collected


Student Senior Recital-Bryan Mottershead 

Sunday April 13 (7:00 p.m.)

St. Joseph Hall, East Parlor

No admission charge


Spring Instrumental Concert 

This annual event features our student instrumental ensembles:  The String Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and The Chestnut Hill Winds.

Wednesday April 23 (7:00 p.m.)

St. Joseph Hall, East Parlor

No admission charge


Spring Semester Recital 

All of the students in the Music Department will be showcasing their talents in this end of semester tradition.

Sunday April 27 (5:00 p.m.)


No admission charge


Chamber Choir Concert

The new CHC Chamber Concert will present its inaugural concert with Vox Fidelis.

Sunday May 4 (7:30 p.m.)

Saint Joseph's Hall, East Parlor

No admission charge


Steinway_LogoAll Steinway School

Becoming an "All Steinway School" guarantees our students that the equipment used for practice and performance is of the highest quality and craftsmanship. Our visible commitment to musical excellence is also seen through outstanding, dedicated faculty, competitive and enriching music programs, and a strong commitment to holistic education.


Music Performance Major Concentrations

Major study is available in the following instruments and placement in lessons will be at the discretion of the department:



Piano  Violin 
Flute  Saxophone  Voice 
Guitar  String Bass  Other Orchestral 
Harp  Tenor Horn  instruments with 
Organ  Trumpet  approval 
Percussion  Tuba    

Outstanding students may be invited to participate in the Departmental Honors program. Sophomores of high scholastic standing (a Career GPA of 3.50 or higher) may be invited by their major department to stand for Honors in their Junior and Senior years. The Departmental Honors program provides an opportunity for independent study and research culminating in an Honors thesis submitted in the spring of Senior year. All students who have successfully completed the Honors Program will be recognized with Honors in their major field at the annual Honors Convocation and on their academic transcripts. In addition, the title of the completed Honors Thesis will appear on the academic transcript. 
Music Lessons
The department offers music instruction to students on various levels: to the major; to the advanced student who desires elective credit; and to the beginner or intermediate student who is learning elementary skills. Students majoring in music are required to demonstrate proficiency in piano before graduation. All Music and Music Education majors are assigned to an instructor for weekly lessons in piano and another instrument if piano is not their major instrument. One private lesson weekly in any instrument of their choice is required to participate in recitals for this instrument. Please note that there is an additional fee of $465 per semester for non-music majors taking MUSL-Music Lesson courses. 
Music Performance Opportunities
Participation in a performance ensemble is also required for Music and Music Education majors. Music Education majors must enroll in MUSP-355: Chamber Ensemble every semester they are part of the Music program; additional performance opportunities are also available. Music (Performance – Voice) majors who are not Music Education majors must enroll in MUSP-357: The Hill Singers each semester they are part of the Music program; additional performance opportunities are also available.
Music Performance courses are also open to students in any major and members of the Chestnut Hill College community and beyond.

  • MUSP-351: Gospel Choir Performance
  • MUSP-353: Chorus Performance
  • MUSP-355: Chamber Ensemble Performance
  • MUSP-357: The Hill Singers Performance
  • MUSP-359: Jazz Ensemble Performance
  • MUSP-381: Jazz Improvisation Workshop
  • MUSP-341: A Cappella Choir Performance
  • MUSP-367: Flute Ensemble Performance
  • MUSP-369: Brass Ensemble Performance
  • MUSP-391: Saxophone Ensemble Performance
  • MUSP-393: String Ensemble Performance


Course Options
In addition to private lessons, there are many other Music courses available to undergraduate students looking to fulfill an Artistic Ways of Knowing or expand on interests without pursuing a minor. The following courses are open to students in any major;; however, they may not be offered every semester and may have a Pre-Requisite. Check the Course Descriptions for information on the following courses:

  • MUSC-101: Music in Western Culture I (WOK: Artistic)
  • MUSC-102: Music in Western Culture II (WOK: Artistic)
  • MUSC-103: Introduction to Music Theory
  • MUSC-107: Native Peoples of North America (WOK: Artistic)
  • MUSC-124: Music in 20th Century America I (WOK: Artistic)
  • MUSC-125: Music in 20th Century America II (WOK: Artistic)
  • MUSC-129: History of Jazz (WOK: Artistic)
  • MUSC-140: Film Music: A Critical Survey (WOK: Artistic)
  • MUSC-142: Broadway Bound (WOK: Artistic)
  • MUSC-144: Creating, Recording, and Marketing a Song (WOK: Artistic)
  • MUSC-180: Jazz Improvisation I
  • MUSC-190: Music and Technology (2 credits)
  • MUSC-203: Sounds of the World (WOK: Artistic)
  • MUSC-252: The Business of Music
  • MUSC-281: Special Topics in Music/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit)
  • MUSC-481: Advanced Special Topics in Music/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit)