Is it your dream to be a musician? Are you actively working to advance your musical skills and looking for opportunities to perform?

As a Music major at UST, you’ll get multiple and equitable solo and small ensemble performance opportunities every semester, starting your freshman year – in contrast to larger universities. With rigorous training in choral, operatic and instrumental music, you’ll explore the rich and diverse sweep of Western sacred and secular music, both ancient and modern.

You’ll graduate ready to shine as a professional musician, music teacher or music industry maestro. Or get into a prestigious graduate music program, as so many UST Music alumni have done.

 

Get a Glimpse into the Music Program
Dr. Brady Knapp is Associate Professor, Director of Vocal and Choral Studies and Chair of the UST Music Department. Here, he and a voice student highlight what makes studying music at UST so unique. A sense of belonging and a rigorous approach to developing technique are two standout benefits.

Two University of St. Thomas - Houston Music students play piano and guitar​Within a 3-mile radius of the UST campus, at least a dozen parishes – and more than 40 in the Houston area – regularly seek out student musicians for employment. Most UST Music majors are employed part-time as singers or instrumentalists in:

  • Traditional Roman Catholic, Anglo-Catholic and Protestant church choirs
  • Jewish temple choirs
  • Places of worship that feature orchestral music and contemporary bands

These early career opportunities not only improve your musical and performance skills, but provide real-world performance experience and build relationships with potential employers. Aspiring musicians of all ages not attending UST can get top-tier music instruction in our Music Preparatory School private lessons and summer camps.

UST Music grads have been accepted into prestigious graduate music programs, including Yale, Rice, San Francisco Conservatory, Westminster Choir College and many more top schools.

See what else you can do with a music degree.

Megan Vaughan, University of St. Thomas - Houston Music 2017 graduate

Dr. Knapp lets you explore all musical styles and find your own. Performing sacred music in a sacred space was an amazing experience.

Megan Vaughan AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENT, CLARKSVILLE, TN | B.A. MUSIC, 2017

If you love to sing, you’ll love performing with The University Singers. This dynamic ensemble of UST music students, alumni and guest artists performs sacred music of many styles and periods under the direction of Dr. Brady Knapp. It’s a joy to perform in the Chapel of St. Basil on campus, or in other Houston area churches for outreach concerts.

O Sacrum Convivium Sacred Music from the Chapel of St. Basil - album by University of St. Thomas - Houston University Singers

O Sacrum Convivium (2016)

On their first professionally labeled album, Dr. Knapp directs the University Singers in performing a sampling of chapel concert repertoire. Philip Johnson’s dynamic architectural design offers sublime acoustics, making it an extraordinary space for sacred music.

Listen to “Sicut cervus” 

A well-known motet by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, “Sicut cervus” is an ideal example of Renaissance counterpoint. 

 

Decemberís Rose, University of St. Thomas - Houston University Singers album

December’s Rose (2017)

On their second album, the University Singers present music for both Advent and Christmas. Featuring the rich acoustics of the Chapel of St. Basil, and the premier of David Ashley White’s anthem “Hodie Christus Natus Est,” this album makes an uplifting holiday gift.

Listen to “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” 

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” is a Christian hymn for Advent and Christmas.

University of St. Thomas - Houston string ensemble Music majors perform​Set in the heart of Houston, Texas, the fourth-largest city in the nation, UST is surrounded by and contributes to a bustling and vibrant performing arts culture. Just a few award-winning venues and ensembles are:

  • Jones Hall 
  • Hobby Center
  • Houston Symphony
  • Houston Grand Opera

Houston supports some of the finest operatic, symphonic, choral and early music activity in North America, and it has become a cultural mecca for national and international performers of the highest caliber. Our city offers a bounty of professional performance opportunities for singers and instrumentalists.