Our music department offers opportunities to student musicians across all disciplines — taught by exceptional faculty in world-class facilities. Together, we prepare dynamic leaders for the modern musical community.


Why Study Music at CSB+SJU?

  • Outstanding faculty of practicing musicians.
  • Student ensembles tour nationally and internationally.
  • Many opportunities to double major.
  • Workshops in popular music topics such as song writing and composing for video games.

Program Overview

Meet the Profs

While committed to teaching and creating music, the music faculty are also accomplished performers.


Be in the Know

Application to the Music Major, Student Handbook, Music Library Resources, Student Performance Series

Prospective and Current Student Resources

Life as a Music Major

Educating all students (not just majors and minors) through music courses, ensembles, and lessons.

Learning Outcomes
Music Majors After Graduation

Music Department News

Music professors to present research and perform during campus forum

Dr. Andrew Towsey-Grishaw will present research on the lives and work of Carlos Antonio de Padua Chávez and José Pablo Moncayo, two of the foremost classical music composers from Mexico during the first half of the 20th century. Of particular focus will be two musical selections, “Sonata para viola y piano” by Moncayo & “Madrigal para Viola y Piano” by Chávez. The presentation will feature performances in collaboration with Dr. Amy Grinsteiner. The event is scheduled for January 31, 2024 at 5 p.m. in the Great Hall (SJU).

Visiting assistant professor of music, Ryan Picone, releases his first record, I Awake

The Ryan Picone Quartet recently released a new album titled, I Awake. It is an allusion to the great Django Reinhardt, to whom the album is dedicated. Each song represents a story, a time, a place, a person, a moment or a feeling - and the album as a whole explores the paradoxical and circular nature of beginning and end.

Saint John’s Abbey featured on PBS NewsHour:

Monastery invests in craftsmanship by expanding its hand-crafted pipe organ

Pipe organs have a storied history throughout Western civilization, but demand for the king of instruments has seen a steady decline in recent decades. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on one attempt to change that.

PBS NewsHour

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Amy Grinsteiner
Chair, Music Department


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