LBC | Vocal Performance

Music Performance: Vocal

Bachelor of Music (BMus)


Learn from the masters themselves.

Study Vocal Music Performance at LBC

Make an Impact in the Arts   

In LBC's vocal performance major, you'll learn much more than just singing techniques. With classes focused on training you to be the best musical performer you can be, paired with a robust offering of Bible classes, you'll graduate with a thorough knowledge of your craft - all based on the firm foundation of scripture. 

We truly believe that God intends us to use our gifts to bring Him glory. We also believe that God can - and has - done incredible work in the hearts and minds of people through music. So why not study it? If singing is your passion, consider studying vocal music performance at Lancaster Bible College. 

Why Study Vocal Music Performance at LBC? 

  • Learn from world-class musicians, experienced performance coaches and professors - including current and former Broadway performers. 
  • Enjoy regular interaction with visiting performing artists from trendsetters and big names in the music industry while studying at an accredited Bible college in PA.
  • Join a music performance major that has a record of consistent and high placement of LBC students in the National Association of Schools of Music competitions.

"He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God . . . " - Psalm 40:3a

A Closer Look: Vocal Music Performance 

LBC | Music Performance

Hands-On Experience 

Students in the Worship & Performing Arts department get the chance to showcase their musical skills through recitals, concerts and by leading worship during chapel. 

Meet The Faculty

Dr. Timothy Sidebothom

Program Director: Music Performance - Instrumental, Vocal

"It is my privilege to teach inquisitive, college students about music and the life God has given them." — Dr. Sidebothom

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Dr. Paul Thorlakson

Chair of Worship & Performing Arts Department

"Nothing brings me more joy than to witness God's multiplication of a student's natural gifts into a supernatural force for His kingdom" — Dr. Thorlakson

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Dr. Robert Bigley

Director of Choral Activities

"My students inspire me every day. I hope to do the same for them." — Dr. Bigley

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Mr. David Felty

Program Director: Musical Theatre

"The theatre needs more actors that can be salt and light in an industry that desperately needs their influence." — Mr. Felty

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Dr. Krystal "Folkestad" Grant

Program Director: Music Performance - Composition

"My goal as a teacher is to cultivate musicians and listeners who build community and reckon with brokenness." — Dr. "Folkestad" Grant

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Mr. Ryan Shenk

Coordinator of Worship Arts & Live Production

"Nothing is truly learned until it is put into action." — Mr. Shenk

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Mrs. Rachel Sidebothom

Music Education Program Director, Associate Chair of WPA

"Changing lives through quality music instruction." — Mrs. Sidebothom

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Careers and Jobs in Music Performance Vocal

  • Performer
  • Soloist
  • Conductor
  • Composer
  • Songwriter
  • Church Worship Leader
  • Private Music Teacher/Instructor

Sample Course Outline

MUS 101 - Music Theory I

Elements of music including melody, counterpoint, harmony, and tonality are studied. Roman numerals, figured bass, and chord symbols are used in beginning analytical and practical applications.

MUS 101L - Musicianship I Lab

Melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic performance, analysis and dictation for the basis of ear training and sight singing in this course designed as a concurrent laboratory experience with MUS 101 Music Theory I. Technology for the twenty-first century is included with instruction in its application to music education, performance, and production. Finale basics are taught.

WPA 102 - Introduction to Worship Arts

A foundational understanding of a biblical theology of worship is introduced. Additionally, an overview of the art of worship from early Christian times through the current post-modern trends is included. Practical implications for worship situations in today’s church are drawn from both the biblical and historical context.

MUS 201 - Music Theory III

Further development of topics covered in Music Theory II including chromatic chords and modulation. Roman numerals, figured bass, and chord symbols are used in advanced analytical and practical applications.

MPR 301 - Vocal Repertoire & Diction I

Classical and sacred choral repertoire are examined and performed in class. Correct techniques in singing are taught with special attention being given to the application of Latin, Spanish, and Italian diction. Students learn the International Phonetic Alphabet.

MPR 302 - Vocal Repertoire & Diction II

Classical and sacred choral repertoire are examined and performed in class. Correct techniques in singing are taught with special attention being given to the application of French, German, and English diction.

ENS 201 - Musical Theatre Workshop

Composition with Electronic Media is intended to introduce the student to the compositional processes and possibilities of current software and hardware computer resources including synthesis and recording resources, a short historical perspective plus the basics of the production of sound with this technology. The course will also include the integration of the traditional, accepted principles of composition into modern technological tools and the architecture of primary musical forms.

MPD 305 - Pedagogical Methods of Music Instruction

This course offers an overview of various pedagogical methods used in studio music instruction including Suzuki, Kodaly, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Orff-Schulwerk, and Kindermusic. It also reviews the use of these methods in non-traditional music classroom settings, such as children’s choirs and small group instruction. These concepts will be analyzed in light of a biblical worldview for music and music education.

HUM 340 - Music History II

This course examines music from Classicism to Romanticism, concentrating on the major composers of each era, their musical contributions, vocal and instrumental developments, and the progression of musical style and form within the historical, sociological, technological, and theological advancements and influences of these eras.

MUS 211 - Introduction to Composition

Musical form and advanced harmony are studied. These musical elements are explored through the composition of original pieces.

HUM 440 - Music History III

This course examines music history from Impressionism to Modern and 21st century music concentrating on the major composers of each era, their musical contributions, vocal and instrumental developments, and the progression of musical style and form within the historical, sociological, technological, and theological advancements and influences of these eras. A section on World Music and its influence on Western Music is included.

ENS 101 - Chorale

Choral ensembles, directed by LBC faculty, are dedicated to the rehearsal and performance of choral repertoire interpreted according to the historical context and genre of the chosen works. Rehearsals focus on the accomplishment of musical and performance competencies consistent with the ensemble. Public performance(s) during the semester allow the student to demonstrate mastery of musical and performance skill as well as the interrelation of a biblical worldview to the designated art form.

Steps for Admission into this Major

1. Apply to LBC by completing our online application.
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2. Audition for acceptance into this major

Every student who applies to any major in the Worship & Performing Arts department must audition for acceptance into the major of their interest and must also be accepted as a student to Lancaster Bible College.

The audition and entrance interview are conducted to confirm program and course of study. Additionally, applicants will be required to take a Music Theory Placement Evaluation and write a Personal Vision Statement. The audition and interview will also determine department scholarship awards. The department's Audition Days occur on scheduled dates throughout the school year.

The entire Audition Day is tailored to prospective students and includes many opportunities to learn more about the college and the Worship & Performing Arts department. This is the best opportunity for students to be awarded scholarships. YouTube auditions are available to students who cannot attend a LBC audition day in person.

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Audition and interview requirements:

Perform one art song, aria or traditional song AND one commercial (country, gospel, sacred, jazz, blues) or musical theatre song with accompaniment.

YouTube Audition Procedures

Students who cannot attend an Audition day will submit an audition via YouTube video. The student should complete the Audition Registration Form and select “YouTube audition”.

Video Posting Guidelines:

  • Musical selections should be recorded in one take with one camera angle.
  • Video should be free from background noise to showcase the performance.
  • Follow the audition guidelines below for the video content.
  • Once the video is complete, please upload it to YouTube as an Unlisted link.
  • Send the link to music@lbc.edu with “Your Name YouTube Audition” in the subject line.

Video, the student should accomplish the following:

  • Student profile - our video, please introduce yourself and include the following:
    • Express your goals and aspirations.
    • Identify why Lancaster Bible College is a good fit to meet those goals.
    • Share your individual story about what drove you to pursue the program you are auditioning for and what motivates you.
  • Audition
    • Each music selection should be videoed in one take and not edited.
    • Perform one art song, aria, or traditional song AND one commercial (country, gospel, sacred, jazz, blues) or musical theatre song with accompaniment.

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