About Music

The Department of Music at Ave Maria University - a home for music in Catholic higher education.

Ave Maria University's Department of Music is fast becoming a leader among Catholic universities in music. Music students have a close working relationship with faculty, excellent resources, and premium performance opportunities. The Department of Music accepts students in piano, voice or organ, by audition only. AMU's unique curriculum in music provides students with practical skills and a rigorous intellectual formation that prepare our graduates for musical leadership in a variety of contexts.

The curriculum is based on three programmatic features:

Performance is the context in which students bring all the aspects of their musicianship to life. Private lessons, an active and high-caliber choral program, solo and ensemble performance opportunities, and conducting form the basis of applied study at AMU. Students collaborate regularly with professional musicians and engage with high-profile visiting artists. Recent guests include Bruce Ford, international opera tenor; John Robilette, concert pianist; and Laughing Bird, a professional vocal quartet.

Music theory is indispensable to the musician, informing the student's approach to performance and allowing him to handle the raw materials of music through composition. Students compose throughout their two-year study of music theory, heightening their judgment and musical imagination.

Music history study is paramount for an understanding of the cultural impact of music on human civilization, and how human civilization affects music in its turn.  These insights influence the way today’s musicians apply their gifts and their art to the cause of cultural formation in the light of a Christian vision.

Contact us directly:

Department of Music
5050 Ave Maria Blvd.

Ave Maria, FL 34142-9505

Department of Music Program Manager: 
Nicky Rutherford: 239-280-2485  |

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