MUSIC-VOCAL / CHORAL EMPHASIS
Division of Communication & Fine Arts
Craig Schaefer, M.A., Chair
VOCAL / CHORAL EMPHASIS
MUSIC-VOCAL / CHORAL EMPHASIS
Requirements for the minor in Music-Vocal/Choral Emphasis:
The music minor with vocal/choral emphasis is a great option for students who love music but feel called to another major. Our program aims to deepen students’ understanding of the art of music through private voice lessons, choral ensemble performance, and academic studies in music history and theory. A minor in music can also be a wonderful supplement to other programs of study—such as business, religion, and media studies—where musical experience would be advantageous in finding and excelling in future employment.
|1||Music Theory I-EC||3|
|2||Music Theory II||3|
|3||Aural Skills I||1|
|4||Aural Skills II||1|
|5||Western European Music History from Antiquity through 1750||3|
|Select one from Req 6|
|6||Western European Music History from 1750 through Today||3|
|6||World Music and Cultures-AC||3|
|9||Music Ensembles: From L.MUS-183 to 186||4|
|25 total required credits|
Music Theory I
This course offers an integrated presentation of the fundamental materials of music,including but not limited to, ear-training, sight-singing, harmony, chord recognition and analysis, musical forms, elementary orchestration and beginning composition.
Music Theory II
This course offers an integrated presentation of the fundamental materials of music, including but not limited to, ear-training, sight-singing, harmony, chord recognition and analysis, musical forms, elementary orchestration and beginning composition.
Applied music course.
Aural Skills I
Aural Skills I reinforces concepts learned in music theory by developing the essential skill of turning printed music into sound, focusing on the foundational material of keys, scales, and diatonic music. The course will introduce aural skills through well-established ear-training tools such as solfege, count-singing, rhythmic and melodic dictation, and duet work.
Aural Skills II
As an intermediate course, Aural Skills II will reinforce theoretical concepts such that it will become possible for students to translate those concepts to sound, identify those concepts in performance, and ultimately use their aural skills to be more successful musicians, teachers, and performers. This course will additionally bring the Loras music majors into greater alignment with best practices for music majors across the country.
Instructor of Voice
Daniel O’Dea, tenor, is a Grammy award winning performer and completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received the Collins Fellowship. He performs regularly with The Crossing, winning a Grammy with them in 2018 and nominated in 2016. He is a versatile and seasoned performer proficient in opera, musical theater and contemporary music.
He been praised for his “high, clear voice” and powerful performances. Locally he has performed with Madison Choral Project, Middleton Players Theater, Madison Bach Musicians, Present Music Milwaukee, the Token Creek Music Festival and others. Regionally he has worked with the Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus, Chicago Bach Project, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and Peninsula Music Festival.
He received his Artist Diploma in Opera from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), Masters of Music in Voice from CCM and Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from Westminster Choir College. He was an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera and Cedar Rapids Opera and is an alumnus of the Aspen Opera Theater Center, Brevard Music Center and the Chautauqua Institute.