The music department offers a bachelor of music (BMus) in performance, composition, music education, and sacred music as well as a bachelor of arts (BA) in music. Here are the newest degree options:
Artist/lecturer and jazz bassist Paul Rostock has performed with many renowned artists, including Frank Sinatra, Olivia Newton John, and Perry Como. Beginning in 1978, he performed regularly in Frank Sinatra Jr.’s band. Rumor has it that Rostock is the bass player depicted in episodes of The Family Guy that feature Sinatra Jr.’s band.
Over the past 3 years, the music department has offered several dance courses for credit:
Dancers also have the opportunity to audition for the Moravian University Dance Company, which performs an annual concert in the spring. Members of the company also receive credit for their participation. Faculty are working to develop a minor in dance.
In 1978, South Campus’ New Chapel was converted into a recital hall and named Peter Hall in honor of Lily Peter, who funded the renovation. Peter (pronounced PAY-ter) didn’t graduate from Moravian University, but family, a passion for the arts, and love of education built a strong bond to Bethlehem and the college. Peter's relatives included the first organist of Central Moravian Church and a former Moravian University president. The oldest of 10 children, Peter was born in 1891 on her parents’ farm in Marvell, AR. Five of her siblings died in childhood and she lost her father when she was 16, so after high school she became a teacher to help support her family and send her siblings to college. Those siblings would later return the favor, paying for Lily’s college education at Columbia University, where she majored in English, and then Vanderbilt, where she earned a master’s degree. She also studied violin at Juilliard.
Peter Hall seats 150 and is used for recitals and other musical performances as well as lectures and special events.