Music (Performance Concentration in Musical Theatre)

Bachelor of Arts

The BA Music (Performance Concentration in Musical Theatre) is designed for those who are naturally gifted in the performing arts, particularly in the areas of singing, acting and dancing. Students will receive instruction in each of these areas and have the opportunity to perform in full length musicals (three each year), acting scenes, dance recitals, opera scenes and various ensembles. Additionally, students will broaden their education with courses in Bible and theology, Christian ministry, and arts and science.

Music and the Arts

The performing arts have an exceptional capacity to affect us. Our Department of Performing and Worship Arts seeks to bring a biblical and theological understanding to this powerful medium so that students can learn how to use their gifts for God's glory.

The BA Music (Performance Concentration in Musical Theatre) is a direct entry program designed for those who are naturally gifted in the performing arts, particularly in the areas of singing, acting and dancing. Students will receive instruction in each of these areas and have the opportunity to perform in full length musicals (three each year), acting scenes, dance recitals, opera scenes and various ensembles. Additionally, students will broaden their education with courses in Bible and theology, Christian ministry, and arts and science. 

Successful graduates from the BA Music (PCMT) will have gained a breadth of learning that allows for a wide array of ministry, career, and academic choices.

Program Entrance

Students who wish to enrol in a music program at Briercrest College and Seminary must apply for the BA Music. Please fill out a brief form, www.briercrest.ca/current/college/music-forms/worship/, indicating your interest in the music program. An open audition and theory placement test take place during registration in September. In their first semester, students are expected to be involved in a large ensemble and enrol in private lessons. Students who desire to pursue the performance concentration in musical theatre are invited to audition and interview for entry following their first year of study.

Transfer students should contact the Music/Worship Arts office (worship.arts@briercrest.ca) to arrange for an audition and interview for direct entry.

Requirements

The BA Music (PCMT) requires 54 credit hours of study in Music plus 3 credit hours of cognate requirements with a minimum requirement of 24 credit hours at 300+ level within the context of a 126 credit hour degree.

Students will complete the four-year BA degree Core Curriculum, as well as 6 semesters of Service and Experiential Learning. As part of their graduation requirements, all four-year BA students will also complete the Senior Portfolio (PRT 400).

New students:  apply to the college now  and our admissions advisors will work closely with you throughout the rest of the process.

Current students: contact Academic Services to change programs and/or to be connected with a faculty adviser.

Music teams

Students can participate in a variety of school music groups that perform on campus, in area churches, and on tours across the country. These groups provide students with the opportunity to refine their musical and performance skills, develop life-long friendships, and minister through music.

Small Ensembles

Worship Teams
Students may have the opportunity to be involved in other faculty-led or student-led small vocal and/or instrumental groups (worship teams or performance teams) as singers, players, or technicians for credit. These groups are formed at the discretion of the Department of Performing and Worship Arts. Students may receive one credit per semester upon completion of the ensemble requirements. We expect students to commit to this ensemble for both semesters.

Large Ensembles

 College Singers

A multi-voice choir that participates regularly in, choral concerts, college musicals, and local church worship services. College Singers collaborates with the orchestra and other choral ensembles. This group offers training, experience, and ministry opportunities within the context of a caring musical community. A two-semester commitment to this group is expected.

Resonant
Resonant is a mixed ensemble of 12 singers specializing in unaccompanied choral literature rich in poetic content and stylistic nuance. Selections in their repertoire reflect the church's musical heritage from antiquity to present.

Orchestra
A 20-piece group (open to college, high school students, and community members) that joins with our choirs to participate in local church worship services, choral/instrumental concerts, and college musicals. This group offers training, experience, and ministry opportunities within an instrumental musical setting. A two-semester commitment to this group is expected.

Degree Requirements

(126 credit hours: minimum 39 at 300+ level)

BA Core Curriculum

(66 credit hours)

Theory Requirement

(9 credit hours)

Course Credit Hours
MUS 115 Musicianship I* 3
MUS 116 Musicianship II 3
MUS 206 Musicianship III OR MUS 301 Contemporary Musicianship 3

History Requirement

(9 credit hours)

FIN/MUS 216 History of Western Music I 3
FIN/MUS 217 History of Western Music II 3
FIN/MUS 316 History of Western Music III 3

Applied Requirements

(15 credit hours)

Applied Lessons (6 ch):

Ensembles (6 ch):
Students commit to ensembles for the whole year, therefore in multiples of 2

  • 0-2 small, 4-6 large (total of 6)
MUS 323 Conducting I 3

Performance Concentration Requirements

(21 credit hours)

DAN 105 Introduction to Ballet 1
DAN 107 Introduction to Tap 1
DAN 100, 101, 106 or Private Lessons-Dance (1 credit hour) 1
MUS 330 Vocal Master Class I 3
MUS 340 Musical Theatre Workshop 3
MUS 365 Musical Theatre Prod. and Perf. I 3
MUS 430 Vocal Master Class II 3
Private Lessons - Voice 1
Private Lessons - Voice 1
THEA 222 Acting II 3
Ensemble or MUS 434 Senior Recital  1

Cognate Requirement

(3 credit hours)

THEA 221 Acting I 3

Free Electives

(3-6 credit hours)

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio non-credit
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning non-credit

*Students who 'test out' of MUS 115 must take an additional Music elective.
****Applied lesson requirements within the concentration are in addition to the applied lesson requirements for the BA Music.  Thus, a concentration in musical theatre requires a total of 8 credit hours of applied lessons.

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Ron de Jager

rdejager@briercrest.ca
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A native of Nova Scotia, Ron recently completed studies at the doctoral level in vocal performance. He has enjoyed performing solo recitals, opera, oratorio, musical theatre, film, and ballet. His roles have ranged from the Phantom in Maury Yeston's Phantom to soloist for Handel's Messiah, from Count Alamviva in Le Nozze di Figaro to the Fonz in Happy Days, and from the lead in the short film One Tale of Misfortune to dancing the role of Gabriel in the ballet Song of Evangeline.

He was the Artistic Director and Founder of ROD Music Productions in Halifax, N.S., where he worked as a vocal instructor, adjudicator, dancer, and worship pastor.

At Briercrest College and Seminary, Ron enjoys giving leadership to the voice department, teaching voice, vocal master class, musical theatre workshop, acting and theory. He continues to perform recitals, musical theatre and opera. Ron enjoys inspiring young artists to share the unique gifts God entrusts to His children.

Keith Molberg

kmolberg@briercrest.ca
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Keith Molberg is originally from Alberta, and he joined the Worship Arts faculty at Briercrest College and Seminary in 2003. After completing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Alberta, he studied for three years at Arizona State University, where he received his Master of Music.

As a pianist, Keith has performed numerous solo and chamber music recitals and has appeared with several orchestras either as soloist or as orchestral musician. Keith has been active for many years as a worship leader and member of worship teams both in local churches and in the context of university ministries. As program coordinator for the Worship Leadership emphasis, he coordinates the chapel worship teams at Briercrest and teaches Music Theory, Recording Arts, and private piano.