Undergraduate Major & Minor College of Professional Studies

Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Musical Arts, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music in Composition, and Bachelor of Arts

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Major Minute: Brian Galante Transcription

[video: A photo of Dr. Galante conducting out to the audience in a PLU Christmas Concert performance at Lagerquist Concert Hall. There are choral students on stage in formation in the background. Text flashes on screen reading, “Brian Galante, Professor of Music; Chair, Department of Music.” Cut to a new screen reading “Major Minute.” A visual countdown from three flashes on the screen in yellow and black colors. A countdown clock appears on the left side of the screen counting down from 60 seconds after Man claps a film clapper in the foreground. Dr. Galante is leaning his left arm on a piano in a music classroom]

Dr. Galante: So, at PLU music, we believe in coupling the technical with the expressive and the study of music with application at the highest levels. We offer as much as you’d like: a professional degree or a minor participation in an ensemble, or just a great lesson every week. Our faculty are world-class musicians and educators, and our students have access to workshops, lessons and performance opportunities with working musicians from all over the country. We produce about 150 performances every year: choral, band, symphonic, operatic, solo, chamber, jazz; we’ve got it all. And our majors go on to incredible careers as performers, producers, educators. They transfer the lessons they learned in discipline and creativity into collaboration and careers in public and non-profit sectors. This is where we live, this is where we breathe, this is where we eat and sleep all things music. And if you love music, you belong at PLU.


The PLU School of Music, Theatre & Dance is a nationally recognized center for musical performance, education, and community. Your professors— exceptional performers, composers, authors, and educators—are dedicated to nurturing talent, fostering an inclusive learning environment, exemplifying artistry and musical leadership, and providing musical opportunities for you and your fellow music students.

You’ll practice and perform in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center, which houses the exquisite Lagerquist Concert Hall, spectacular Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Organ, and impressive rehearsal and classroom facilities. From early in the morning to late at night, students practice, study, collaborate, and share their passion for musical growth.

Bachelor of Music in Performance Concentrations:

  • Instrumental
  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Voice

Graduates from the last 5 years: Their jobs

  • K-12 education worldwide
  • Seattle Opera
  • Vashon Opera
  • Metropolitan Youth Symphony
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Private music studios of graduate's strengths
  • Worship Music Directors
  • Freelance Opera Singers, Composers, and Arrangers

Graduates from the last last 5 years: Their graduate programs

  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • Northwestern University
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • The Juilliard School
  • University of North Texas
  • Yale University
  • Boston University
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